The Miniature Schnauzer originated from Germany as a smaller version of the Standard Schnauzer. He has been seen in paintings dating back to the 15th century but it wasn’t until 1899 that he was exhibited as a separate breed. He was designed to be a good farm dog, able to chase rodents and catch them easily.

His double layer coat gives him a handsome appearance. The outer coat is wiry and hard while the under layer is soft. He can be black, silver and black or salt and pepper in colour. He can sound an alarm just as loud as the standard size version and so he makes a superb watchdog. He’s the most popular Schnauzer. He can live in an apartment, in the city or the country but he does love lots of space in which to run around. His double coat needs to be hand stripped if he’s to be a show dog or clipped if he’s a pet. His height is 12 – 14 inches.