The AKC Miniature Schnauzer is considered an "active
dog of the terrier type" (American Kennel Club). Miniature Schnauzers
are known for their feisty, energetic personalities and originally bred
to hunt and kill vermin. Today's AKC Miniature Schnauzer makes a wonderful obedient and devoted companion.
About the AKC: The American Kennel Club is a registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the United States. This national organization is devoted to the advancement and welfare of purebred dogs, provides educational materials for dog owners and also sponsors dog rescue groups for each breed.
AKC Miniature Schnauzer Breed Standard
General Appearance – The Miniature Schnauzer is robust and active resembling his larger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer.
Temperament - The Miniature Schnauzer should be alert and spirited, yet obedient to command.
History of the Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is of German origin said to be recognizable in pictures of the 15th century. The Miniature Schnauzer is derived from the Standard Schnauzer and is said to have come from mixing Affenpinschers and Poodles with small Standard Schnauzers.
The Miniature Schnauzer was exhibited as a distinct breed ~ 1899. The Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred to be a small farm dog, able to go to ground for all kinds of vermin.
Today the Miniature Schnauzer is an elegant dog of the Terrier Group and viewed primarily as a charming, attractive, and affectionate companion. He is of good health, good temperament, and devoted to his home and family.