The Miniature Schnauzer is a descendant of the Standard Schnauzer and their history dates back to as early as the 15th Century. You may recognize these spunky little dogs from their wiry furcoat and famous beard, but do you know about these facts?
1. Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of its own
Unlike the Poodles where the various sizes all fall under one breed, the Mini Schnauzer has been classified as a separate breed from their ancestor, the Standard Schnauzer. They were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926, but evidence has shown that they were regarded as a distinct breed as early as 1899.
2. They are a unique terrier
The Mini Schnauzer is the only terrier breed that did not originate from the British Isles. They were developed in Germany and their name comes from the German word 'Schnauze' which means muzzle. Terriers are typically bred to dig underground when hunting small prey, but the Mini Schnauzer was bred to work on farms as guard dogs or ratters.
3. Their beard serves a purpose
Their walnut beard may make them look like fancy little gentlemen but it actually has a purpose! Mini Schnauzers were originally bred to be ratters on farms, and this beard served to protect their face against any attack from their prey.
4. Their original tail is long
The Mini Schnauzers you see around normally have a short, stubby tail. But they are actually born with long tails that are docked off as puppies to reduce potential injuries during their work.
5. Usher has one
The King of R&B, Usher, is one of many other celebrities who owns a Miniature Schnauzer. Other stars include rapper 50 Cent and actress Katherine Heigl.
6. White Mini Schnauzers are not 'legit'?!
There are only three colors officially recognized as the breed standard: Salt & pepper, black & silver, and black.
Mini Schnauzers may also come in other variants such as a pure white coat, but these are not regarded as 'true' Mini Schnauzers in kennel clubs due to a speculation that the color is a result of gene modification. In most countries, the pure white Mini Schnauzer is not allowed to compete in any recognized dog breed show or competition.
7. They are the 12th smartest dog breed
Out of over 300 dog breeds, the Mini Schnauzer ranks 12th, meaning they are super smart. They can learn tricks and commands easily, although they may sometimes be a little stubborn.
Watch three Mini Schnauzers perform tricks together here!
8. Guard dogs that are all bark and no bite (mostly)
Mini Schnauzers are generally fearless but unlike most terriers, they are less aggressive. This means that they have no issues facing a dog twice their size but they will more often just bark and not bite. They also tend to get along better with other animals, although they may have the urge to chase smaller ones due to their ratting nature.
Smart, cute, loyal and gentle; there's nothing not to love about these gentlemanly dogs!
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