Miniature Schnaupin

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10-14 lbs
12-14"
United States
Miniature Schnauzer
Min Pin
Mini Schnaupin
The Miniature Schnaupin is a delightful small dog who is highly intelligent, fun to be with, happy in nature and good with children. They can be very analytic; they really want to know how things work (especially toys) even if it means destroying the toy to find out. These dogs are known to be playful, affectionate and quite territorial - they will bark enthusiastically to let you know when strangers are about and are brave in nature, shaping up to a perceived threat regardless of its size. The Miniature Schnaupin makes a great family dog, but they do want to be at the centre of the family, not stuck outside. Perfect companions, they will fill your day with laughter at their antics, then they will happily take up residence on your lap and enjoy all the attention you can throw at them.
Purpose
Companion, Hunting, Agility
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Miniature Schnauzer, Min Pin

Miniature Schnaupin Health

Average Size
Male Miniature Schnaupin size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Female Miniature Schnaupin size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 10-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Urinary Stones
Minor Concerns
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Complete Blood Work
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Ophthalmic Examination
  • Physical and Neurologic Examination
  • Full Physical Examination regarding joint movement around the hip and kneecap
  • Electroretinogram (ERG)
  • Urinalysis and Urine Culture

Miniature Schnaupin Breed History

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.

Miniature Schnaupin Breed Appearance

The Miniature Schnaupin has a cute, almost mischievous face. It often displays large pointed ears held erect but tipping over at the top, a black nose, and has dark round eyes that sparkle with life and curiosity. Top this off with a set of fluffy eyebrows and a pointed muzzle with whiskers and there you have this lively little dog. The body is light and athletic and can be smooth or wavy coated, as well as multi colored. The short strong legs may have feathering, depending on the parent genetics they inherit. Pups can vary in appearance within a litter, and even may vary in the height or weight that they achieve. A medium length tail is held proudly, and these engaging little dogs have a smile that will elicit a responding smile from all that meet them.,
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Miniature Schnaupin eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Miniature Schnaupin nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Miniature Schnaupin coat
Black
brown Miniature Schnaupin coat
Brown
fawn Miniature Schnaupin coat
Fawn
white Miniature Schnaupin coat
White
pied Miniature Schnaupin coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Miniature Schnaupin straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Miniature Schnaupin Breed Maintenance

The Miniature Schnaupin is relatively easy to maintain, only requiring brushing maybe once or twice a week to keep it in a healthy condition. They have minimal shedding so it makes maintenance very quick, although they will love to sit and soak up your attention. Because the ears are quite large for their size, it is important to check inside the ears for foreign objects like seeds or dirt that can get trapped and cause inflammation. A gentle clean will help to them to remain healthy. Other maintenance issues involve tooth care and hygiene which is easy to do if the Miniature Schnaupin has been taught as a puppy to have their teeth cleaned. Bathing is only required if they have been in the mud or rolled in something unpleasant, but the use of a gentle dog shampoo will maintain the natural oils in the coat. Finish off grooming by checking their nails and clip gently when required.
Brushes for Miniature Schnaupin
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Miniature Schnaupin requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Miniature Schnaupin Temperament

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.

Miniature Schnaupin Activity Requirements

The Miniature Schnaupin is a small dog that has a medium to high activity level. While it can vary between dogs of the same breed, they are normally quite curious and will follow you everywhere to see what you are up to and how they can help. A daily walk is important for their fitness and health, and will aid with socialising these little dogs who have an attitude twice their size. The hunting instinct is still quite strong, so it is advisable to keep them on a leash as they may take off and practice 'selective deafness' to your orders while they pursue their prey. They will happily accompany you on a run or a trek; life is an adventure and they want to be in on it. Then afterwards they will climb onto your lap and enjoy a good snuggle and snooze.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Miniature Schnaupin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$26 - $32

Miniature Schnaupin Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Miniature Schnaupin size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 4 lbs
Female Miniature Schnaupin size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Male Miniature Schnaupin size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Miniature Schnaupin size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs
18 Months
Male Miniature Schnaupin size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Miniature Schnaupin size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 12 lbs

Miniature Schnaupin Owner Experiences

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