Small, harsh coated stylishly moustached companion
AKC Registered Breed
One of my favorite breeds is the Miniature Schnauzer, this bundle of joy originated in Germany and was used to hunt rats and mice on farms in that country.
The Schnauzer is considered a Terrier both by the United States and the United Kingdom Kennel Clubs, even though they are not diggers as most terriers are.
The Miniature Schnauzer loves the chase and the rounding up of critters. They also are “collectors” of things. They have been know to gather up things left within their reach and stockpile them in a convenient place.
Miniature Schnauzers have a life span between 12 to 13 years. Their color can range from gray and white (salt and pepper), gray and silver, black and silver, solid black and some might even have a white blaze.
Personality wise Schnauzers are a joy to be around. They are lively, curious, playful, affectionate, good around most children and other pets.
Healthwise they are known to have a few problems such as pancreatitis, urinary stones, myotonia congenita (a muscular disorder), a degenerative eye disorder and cataracts.
It is recommended that you do not allow this breed to beg people food as fatty food will affect the pancreas.
Miniature Schnauzers make wonderful pets and are my dog of choice should our household be open for a new pet. They love to be around their humans.
If they have a “downside” it would be that they can be barkers, they cannot be trusted to stay in an open yard or around an open door, as their curious nature takes over.
It is important that a puppy has some obedience training so that it will come when called as slipping out an open door is very possible.
The other downside consideration is if you are on a budget, do not get a Miniature Schnauzer, as the grooming bills might create a problem. This breed requires frequent trips to the groomers and that can be expensive.
However, all things considered this dog makes one heck of a wonderful pet.