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Miniature Schnauzer

Tags: terrier, Small-sized, High energy level, Adaptable to apartment life, Kid-friendly, Protective guardian

Among the three available sizes of Schnauzers (Giant, Standard, Miniature) we're the smallest (12-14 inches at the shoulder) and most portable. We were developed in Germany in the 1800s by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with either the Affenpinscher or the Miniature Pinscher -- as well as the Poodle. The result, a sturdy farm dog and vermin-chaser with a non-shedding, wiry coat, was admitted to the AKC's Terrier Group in 1926.

Rave review

  • Adaptable to apartment life -- with appropriate exercise
  • Affectionate, devoted family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Always alert
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Courageous canine
  • Energizer doggie

Report card

  • Even-tempered, good-natured
  • Hardy hunter
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Loves kids and vice versa
  • Outdoors enthusiast
  • Perfect protector
  • Playful pal
  • Pleased to please
  • Caters to country, tolerates town
  • Ready to romp
  • Spirited
  • Takes to training
  • Willing watchdog

What to expect

I'm going to need some exercise opportunities to burn off steam and keep my mind active. How about Agility trials, Flyball, or Earthdog for starters? You'll be so proud! And I'll be ready to come home and take a nap.

Watch for

Possible Cushing's disease, hypothyroidism, pancreatitis, progressive retinal atrophy, urinary tract infection, and Mycobacterium Avium B.

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