This is smallest of the Schnauzers, and apart from size, shares many admirable traits with its larger cousins. They are loved for their consistently cheerful dispositions, trainability, handsome looks, and natural watchdog abilities. They were derived from the Standard Schnauzer and bred to be an all-purpose farm dog that excelled at hunting vermin. They are identifiable in German paintings that date back to the 15th century and they were shown as a separate breed by the end of the 1800s. They are the most popular of the Schnauzers, most likely due to their small size and adaptability to urban or country living. Their attractive double coat does require stripping and clipping but they shed very little.