WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF SCHNAUZERS.
There are three sizes of schnauzer, the Miniature and Schnauzer (often referred to as the Standard Schnauzer just to denote the breed variety), these are shown in the Utility Group (a mixed group of breeds that don't really fit into the other 6 groups) and the largest is the Giant which is shown in the Working Group due to its more recent history of being a working breed. The Schnauzer is the original size and dates back to at least the 15th century.
The Schnauzer is the only breed known to take it's name from one of it's kind to win a prize at a show.This was at the International show in Hanover in 1879. The winner of the wire-haired Pincher class was a dog called 'Schnauzer' and thus the present day name for the breed. They used to occur in litters with the smooth coated German Pinschers, where they were known as rough coated pinschers. When the types were split, the rough coated variety took the name from a famous dog of the day 'Schnauz' which means beard or muzzle.
THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER.
The females should be 13" and the males 14" to the shoulder.
The mini comes in four colours that are recognised by the UK Kennel Club:
1. Pepper & Salt - The hairs should be banded ie half white and half grey).
2. Black & Silver -The black should be a solid colour and the silver should be silver.
3. Black - Which should be a solid black colour all over.
4. Whites - Which should be of solid colour with cream at end of hairs.
The coat of the show dog is harsh and wiry, it shows off the colour to best advantage, especially the unique pepper & salt colour where each hair is banded. Pets are more often clipped on an 8 week basis, this 'kills off' the hard coat and leaves the dog with a soft texture of the undercoat and pepper & salts turn a grey shade all over the body, however, the clipped coat is much easier to maintain and easier for the dog at each grooming session.
All my girls live in my home with myself and two children. They are pets first and show dogs second, they are have excellent temperaments and whether they have been at a show all day or romping on the beach, they like at the end of the day to snuggle up and snooze on their couch in the back room.
From the left Carly, Minty, Sumo, Millie and Molly is just on the right!
- Found in The Miniature Schnauzer,
Much in a small compass
Ideal family dog
Amenable to training
Tough and hardy
Unique and unusual colouring
Handy size. sturdy and stylish
Non- shed coat
Always a faithful companion
Zestful and full of fun