Spunky and electric, the Carnauzer is an ideal medium-sized hybrid breed that was developed from the Cairn Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. Its exact origins are unknown since the breed first came to be during the designer dog trend and the history is not yet documented. The Carnauzer is an exquisite hybrid breed with a strong-willed personality. It craves attention and prefers to be surrounded by company. While not an excessive barker, early training should be provided in order to teach this breed what not to bark at. Its harsh and rough coat means that grooming maintenance will be relatively easy. High energy levels means you should be prepared to run with your dog to maintain its healthy weight.
The Carnauzer is a relatively recent combination, believed to have been developed in the last 20 years. While its exact origin is unknown, the Carnauzer was developed from the Cairn Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. Until 1873, the Cairn Terrier was considered to be part of the Scotch Terriers. In 1873, the curious breed was then transferred into the Skye Terrier group. In 1912, the Cairn Terrier was finally able to stand on its own with its name. The early breed standard contained a variety of colors but white was a dominant color at the time. Eventually, the color white was banned from the Cairn Terrier in the 1920s. In “The Wizard of Oz”, there is a Cairn Terrier known as Toto who accompanies the main character Dorothy. In 1913, the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. In the late 19th century, the Miniature Schnauzer was developed in Germany from the Standard Schnauzer, Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher, and other small dogs. Originally, the Miniature Schnauzer was used to catch vermin on farms, protect, and hunt small prey. The Miniature Schnauzer managed to keep its popularity through both World Wars when dog breeding suffered. This alert canine was known to have a variety of colors in its early development before the standard settled on black and silver combinations. In 1926, the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. While both the Cairn Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer are both recognized by the AKC, the Carnauzer is not on the roster due to its hybrid status.
With a playful expression and a need to be surrounded by company, the Carnauzer's temperament is full of positive factors. His energy is enough to keep your dog chasing after stimuli all day. Your Carnauzer is curious, lively, and can be rambunctious. This lovable canine is accepting towards its owners and strangers and early socialization will ensure this. Due to his original purpose of hunting small vermin, supervision around small animals is a good idea. His loving nature means that it does well with children of all ages. While the Miniature Schnauzer may be stubborn at times when it comes to obedience and structure, your Carnauzer will take pleasure in learning new commands as long as he is provided with rewards and consistent training. This happy breed will grow attached to his family easily and will follow you around at home, eager to be in the loop.
The Carnauzer requires intense exercise due to his high activity levels. Multiple walks should be provided daily for mental and physical stimulation. Activities such as running, chasing a ball , and swimming would be ideal for your Carnauzer. The ideal environment for your Carnauzer is a rural home with access to a yard or field in a warm climate. Your spunky canine would be able to live in an urban area as long as he is provided with daily access to the outdoors. It is recommended to provide your Carnauzer with about 60 minutes of daily activity. Always ensure your dog is on a leash when in urban areas as he may take off on a chase when given the opportunity.