The Miniature Schnauzer or mini schnauzer is the 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.
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Each American Kennel Club approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.