Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog of the Schnauzer type (originally from Germany in the 19th century). This breed is described as an aloof dogs with good guarding tendencies without some guard dogs’ predisposition to bite.
Miniature Schnauzers are recognized in 4 colors internationally: solid black, white, black and silver, and a color known as ‘salt and pepper’.
The breed remains one of the most popular worldwide, primarily for its temperament and relatively small size.

More about miniature schnauzer (black)

Small, strong, stocky rather than
slim, rough coated, elegant. A reduced image of the Schnauzer
without the drawback of a dwarfed appearance

Square build in which the height at the withers is nearly equal to
the body length.
The length of the head (measured from the tip of the nose to the occiput) corresponds to half the length of the topline (measured from the withers to the set on of the tail).

His nature is similar to that of the Schnauzer and is determined by the temperament and the behaviour of a small dog. Intelligence, fearlessness, endurance and alertness make the Miniature Schnauzer an agreeable house dog as
well as a watch and companion dog which can be kept even in a small appartment without problems.

Skull : Strong, long without markedly protruding occiput. The head should be in keeping with the dog’s force. The forehead is flat, without wrinkles and parallel to the bridge of nose.
Stop: Appears well defined due to the brows
Nose : Well developed nose leather, always black.
Muzzle : Ending in a blunt wedge. Bridge of nose straight.
Lips : Black, smoot and tight-fitting to the jaws. Corners of lips closed.
Jaws/Teeth : Strong upper and lower jaw. The complete scissor bite (42 pure white teeth according to the dentition formula), is strongly developed and firmly closing. The chewing muscles are strongly developed but the cheeks must not interfere with the reactangular shape of the head (with the beard).
Eyes: Medium sized, oval, facing foreward, dark with lively expression. Eyelids close fitting.
Ears : Drop ears, set high, V-shaped with inner edges lying close to the cheeks, evenly carried , turned forward towards temples. Folds parallel, should not be above the top of the skul

The strong, muscular neck is nobly arched, blending smoothly into the withers.
Strongly set on, slim, nobly curved, corresponding to the dog’s force. Throat skin tight-fitting without folds.

Topline : Slightly sloping from withers towards rear.
Withers: Forming the highest point in topline.
Back: Strong, short and taut.
Loins : Short, strong and deep. The distance from the last rib to the hip is short to make the dog appear compact.
Croup : Slightly rounded and imperceptibly blending into tail set on.
Chest : Moderately broad, oval in diameter, reaching to the elbows. The forechest is distinctly marked by the point of the sternum.
Underline and belly : Flanks not too tucked up, forming a well curved line with the underside of the ribcage.

General appearance: Seen from the front, the front legs are strong, straight and not close together. Seen from the side, the forearms are straight.
Shoulders: The shoulder blade lies close against the rib cage and is well muscled on both sides of the shoulder bone, protruding over the points of the thoracic vertebrae. As sloping as possible and well laid back, forming an angle of appr. 50° to the horizontal.
Upper arm: Lying close to the body, strong and well muscled, forming an angle of 95° to 105° to the shoulder blade.
Elbows: Close fitting, turning neither in nor out.
Forearm : Viewed from all sides, completely straight, strongly
developed and well muscled.
Carpal joint: Strong, firm, barely standing out against the structure of the forearm.
Pastern : Seen from the front, vertical. Seen from the side slightly sloping towards the ground, strong and slightly springy.
Forefeet : Short and round. Toes well-knit and arched (cat foot) with short dark nails and resistant pads.
General appearance: Standing obliquely when seen from the side, standing parallel but not close together when seen from the rear.
Upper thigh : Moderately long, broad and strongly muscled.
Stifle :Turning neither in nor out.
Lower thigh : Long, strong and sinewy, running into a strong hock.
Hock : Very well angulated, strong, firm, turning neither in nor out.
Metatarsus : Short, vertical to the ground.
Hind feet : Toes short, arched and well-knit. Nails short and black.

Flexible, elegant, agile, free and ground covering. The forelegs swinging as far forward as possible, the hind legs, ground covering and springy, provide the necessary drive. The front leg of one side and the hind leg of the other side move forward at the same time. The back, the ligaments and the joints are firm

The coat should be wiry, harsh and dense. It consists of a dense undercoat and a not too short top coat, lying close to the body. The top coat is rough and sufficiently long to allow the checking of its texture; it is neither bristly nor wavy. The hair on the limbs tends to be less harsh. Coat short on forehead and ears. Typical characteristics are the not too soft beard on the muzzle and the bushy eyebrows which slightly shade the eyes.

Height at withers: Dogs and bitches between 30 and 35 cm.
Weight: Dogs and bitches approximately 4 to 8 kg.

Based on FCI-Standard N° 183