By looking at the parents (Miniature Schnauzer and the Min Pin), we can see where the little rascal the Miniature Schnaupin got his character from. First up is the Min Pin (Miniature Pinscher). Thought to have originated in Germany several hundred years ago, the Min Pin kept stables and homes free from rats. Although it looks like a Doberman (apart from their size), the Min Pin is a breed of its own and is much older than the Doberman. 1895 saw the German breeders agree on a breed standard. Virtually unknown outside of Germany, the Min Pin attended a dog show in Stuttgart Germany which highlighted their existence. From 1905 they were very popular, and in 1919 the first Min Pins arrived America. During 1929 the American Kennel Club recognised the breed and these sleek, athletic dogs have remained a favourite of many owners who value the dogs spirited nature and confident personality. The Miniature Schnauzers were working dogs, bred to guard farms and hunt rats. Looking at these appealing little dogs, it is hard to imagine them in that role, until they mangle a toy or chase off after a bird. While the history books lack in information about records of how and when the Miniature Schnauzers were developed, it appears that a black female named Findel was the first one born in 1888. The World Wars l & ll depleted many dog breeds particularly in Europe. But eager breeders worked hard on restoring the Miniature Schnauzers whose popularity blossomed and has never really waned since then. Color popularity may have changed from red, tan, and yellow to shades of silver and black, but the Miniature Schnauzer is here to stay. Determined, affectionate and as cute as a button, these tough little dogs deserve the affection and loyalty they inspire in people.
The Miniature Schnaupin is known for its playfulness and sense of fun. It also likes to know how things work, especially toys, which means you may go through a few toys as they disassemble them to find out the workings! These little dogs are lively and get on well with children, making them an ideal family pet. They are companion dogs and will want to be part of the family, ideally at the center of attention. The Miniature Schnaupin can be spirited and over confident at times, but responds well to training if it is fun, and if they get positive feedback. Training will overcome their tendency to want to do things their way, and curb their slightly stubborn nature. Coming from a working back ground they are very active and may chase the neighbor's cat or small pets unless socialised well when young. Training them to curb their tendency to chase anything that moves can take time, so keep them on a leash when out walking. They are also very clever at discovering holes or places where they can climb over a seemingly secure fence, so be aware of these little escape artists. They will love a yard to explore but can adapt beautifully to apartment living as long as they get their daily walk or can run around the dog park for half an hour or so each day. These dogs are affectionate, loving and full of fun; there will never be a dull moment with a Miniature Schaupin in the house.