Having trouble answering some of the Schnauzer trivia questions? No problem. We have all 10 answers for you right here plus some other interesting facts on our favorite dog breed. Check it out:
1. How many teeth does a Miniature Schnauzer have?
Puppies first teeth erupt at 2 to 3 weeks of age. The average puppy will have 28 temporary or baby teeth. Between 3 and 4 months of age, the baby teeth begin to shed and are replaced by adult incisors. Between 5 to 7 months of age, all the adult teeth canine, premolars, and molars come in.
The average dog has 42 teeth: There are 2o teeth in the upper jaw: 6 incisors, 2 canines, 8 premolars, and 4 molars. And there are 22 in the lower jaw: 6 incisors, 2 canines, 8 premolars, and 6 molars.
2. The AKC (American Kennel Club) places in the Miniature Schnauzer in which dog group?
b. Terrier group
Dogs in the Terrier Group are feisty and energetic. They range in sizes from small to medium. Their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin.
3. The Schnauzer comes in what three sizes?
b. Miniature, Standard, Giant
The Standard Schnauzer is known as the original Schnauzer. These dogs were bred to heard and guard property.
The Miniature Schnauzer was developed as a compact sized dog that would be able to go to ground for prey, or ratting.
The Giant Schnauzer was developed by numerous breeds including the black Great Dane, the Bouvier des Flandres, and the Standard Schnauzer. Originally bred to assist on farms by driving livestock to market and guarding the farm, the breed eventually moved into the city, where it worked guarding businesses. In later years the Giant Schnauzer was used as a military dog and for police work.
4. Which former Senator owns a Miniature Schnauzer?
a. Bob Dole
Elizabeth Dole rescued a Miniature Schnauzer from the D.C. Humane Society as a gift for her husband Senator Bob Dole. He was named Leader and became quite famous himself as he was selected to appear as Mr. September in the Ralston Purina Celebrity Pets Calendar in 1998.
Miniature Schnauzer Leader passed away at the age of 17 in March of 1999.
Associated Press Photo by John Duricka
5. The Miniature Schnauzer originated in:
The earliest records of the Standard Schnauzer in Germany come from the late 19th century. They were originally bred to be farm dogs suited for herding and guarding property.
As time passed, farmers bred the Standard Schnauzer into a smaller, more compact sized dog by combining it with the Affenpinscher and Miniature Poodle. The first recorded Miniature Schnauzer appeared in 1888 Germany and was the perfect ratting dog.
6. The Miniature Schnauzer is reportedly a result of crossing what dog breeds?
b. Standard Schnauzer, Affenpinscher, Poodle
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog that originated in Germany in the late 1800's. Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard Schnauzer and the smaller breeds of Poodle and Affenpinscher for farmers needing an efficient ratting dog.
7. Of the 3 sizes of Schnauzers, which one barks more?
a. The Miniature Schnauzer
With that being said, most all dogs bark. It's a natural response for them. Some dogs have an inherited predisposition to bark when other dogs or people approach their territory. This is the case for the Mini Schnauzer and for this, they make wonderful watchdogs.
8. Schnauzer is from the German word schnauze meaning what?
The word schnauzer was used to describe the dog's distinctive bearded snout or muzzle.
9. Schnauzers distinctive characteristics include:
b. Bushy eyebrows and beard
Mini Schnauzers are very handsome distinguished dogs in appearance with many distinctive traits. They are alert and spirited, with small dark oval eyes and a rectangular head. But they are most recognizable for their bushy eyebrows and beard.
10. The average size of the Miniature schnauzer is:
c. 12-14 inches
Male Mini Schnauzers are usually a bit taller than females They stand 12 to 14 inches tall and weigh 11 to 18 pounds. Female Miniature Schnauzers stand 11 to 13 inches tall and weigh 10 to 15 pounds.
BONUS QUESTION The Miniature Schnauzer IS considered a Hypoallergenic Dog. The answer is TRUE.
Hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that generally do well with people suffering with allergies. These dog breeds usually produce less dander and shed very, very little. Included in this list is the Miniature Schnauzer.
Other interesting Schnauzer facts:
the Middle Ages, schnauzer-type dogs of medium size were developed from
herding, ratting and guardian breeds in Western Europe. Dog fanciers of
the 19th century began to standardize their look and temperament for
the show ring. Standard Schnauzers were mixed with the German Black
Standard Poodle and the German Pinscher.
In the earliest days, puppies from a single litter could be classified as either German Pinschers (the short haired puppies) or schnauzers ( the long-coated wire-haired puppies). Over time, breeders decided to separate the varieties changing them to actual breeds.
It was also in the late 19th century that the medium-sized schnauzer was developed into three different breeds/sizes: the Miniature, the Standard (the original), and the Giant.
The oldest Miniature Schnauzer registered was a pure black bitch named Findel, who was whelped in October 1888.
The Miniature Schnauzer breed was first developed in the late 1800's but first appeared in America in the 1920's. In 1926 the Wirehaired Pinscher Club sponsored both Standard and Miniature Schnauzers. The club later became known as the Schnauzer Club of America and in 1933 the distinction between the two Schnauzers was made and separate breed clubs were organized.
Ch. Dorem Display was the first AKC Best in Show winner. His Westminster record is unbeaten today. Virtually all champion Miniature Schnauzers finished in the USA since the early 1950's have between one and several hundred lines to Ch. Dorem Display.