Known for his distinguished, handsome appearance, the Miniature Schnauzer is characterized by its whiskers and double coat, which has a hard, wiry outer coat and close, soft undercoat. Coat colors can be salt and pepper, black and silver and solid black. Despite his small stature, the Miniature Schnauzer can give an alarm just as well as a larger dog. That, combined with his naturally protective nature, makes him an excellent watchdog. He is also the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds, which include the Giant and the Standard. Derived from the Standard Schnauzer from Germany, the Miniature was exhibited as a distinct breed as early as 1899. He was originally bred to be a small farm dog, able to go to ground for all kinds of vermin, and is recognizable in German paintings as far back as the 15th century
Schnauzers are also known for their non-shedding coat. Some even believe that a schnauzer is hypo allergenic. That is a decision for individual people, but not shedding is a benefit no matter how you look at it!
The smaller size makes them an excellent choice for the entire family. They are great lap dogs, yet will get up and play with the kids. Highly intelligent, you will find training easy as well as fun! Your schnauzer will be welcome at relative’s homes in no time!