Miniature Schnauzers are an alert and spirited breed with guard dog tendencies.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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The Miniature Schnauzer’s mustache isn’t just a fashion statement. Having thicker facial hair helped protect their face from the retaliation of potential prey.
About this Breed
The Miniature Schnauzer is the 16th most popular dog breed in the United States. The breed originated in Germany during the mid 19th century. Farmers bred them to be smaller so that they could be more efficient at chasing rats away from grain storage. The Miniature Schnauzer developed from breeding the Standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds such as the Poodle and Affenpinscher. They have three standard coat colors: black, silver, and a color combination called ‘salt and pepper’. Their personality is described as spunky, aloof and spirited. They are easily trainable and are willing to please and obedient to command. They are playful dogs and need exercise and interaction.
Miniature Schnauzers on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share Miniature Schnauzer ancestry.
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The Affenpinscher is often called the monkey dog. These tiny guys are from Germany, where they were originally bred as ratters. More recently they have become status dogs, where they are more likely to be seen in the lap of a celebrity than catching vermin. Affenpinschers can be difficult to train, but they make for loyal and entertaining companions.