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Miniature Schnauzers must weigh between 12 – 20 pounds full grown and stand 12 – 14 inches tall to be qualified to enter the show ring. If a Miniature Schnauzer is smaller or larger then this requirement then it is considered a fault by the American Miniature Schnauzer Club. Which just means they can not enter the show ring for competition.
Toy and Teacup size Miniature Schnauzers should weigh between 3 – 11 pounds and stand 7-11 inches tall from shoulders to the floor. Evidently, they can not be “show dogs.” However, they can still enter other competitions such as agility, flyball and so on. Also, they can still have “champion bloodlines” in their pedigree if any of their past relatives met the requirements and completed the show competition with a championship title.
Keep in mind that teacup schnauzers and toy schnauzers are miniature schnauzers. There is no separate classification for the toy and teacup sizes as of yet. This means when you register a “teacup or toy schnauzer” their registration papers will show as a purebred miniature schnauzer. The word “teacup” and “toy” is just referring to their smaller estimated adult size and should not be considered a separate classification.
The Schnauzer is of German origin, said to be recognizable in pictures as early as the 15th century. The Miniature Schnauzer was derived from the Standard Schnauzer and is said to have come from breeding Affenpinschers and Poodles with small Standard Schnauzers.
This is where smaller sized DNA, Parti markings and many colors such as livers and Red/Wheatens were introduced into the schnauzers because poodles carried for all of these even back in the 1800's.
The Miniature Schnauzer was exhibited as a distinct breed as early as 1899. Today's Miniature Schnauzer in the United States is an elegant dog of the Terrier Group. While the breed resembles other dogs in this group, almost all of which were bred in the British Isles to "go to ground" to attack vermin of all kinds, his origin and blood are entirely different, giving the Miniature Schnauzer a naturally happy temperament.
The breed is hardy, healthy, intelligent, and fond of children. It was developed as a small farm dog, used as a ratter. His size has permitted him to adapt easily to small city quarters. Miniature Schnauzers have been bred in the United States since 1925 and have gained steadily in popular favor.
These guys are stocky, robust little dogs standing 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder, Miniature Schnauzers were bred down from their larger cousins, Standard Schnauzers. Aside from the size difference, the two breeds look much alike. The bushy beard and eyebrows give Minis a charming, human-like expression they’re rugged, muscular & fearless, but not aggressive.
Toy/Teacup Schnauzers Are Still Registered Through AKC as Miniature Schnauzers
Where Do the Smaller Sizes & Different Colors Come From?
The Miniature Schnauzer was derived from the Standard Schnauzer and is said to have come from breeding Affenpinschers and Poodles with small Standard Schnauzers.
This is where smaller sized DNA, Parti markings and many colors such as livers and Red/ Wheatens were introduced into the Schnauzers as poodles carried for all of these even back in the 1800's.
These smaller puppies are NOT smaller because they are unhealthy runts. They are smaller because of the smaller DNA gene that was introduced by the poodle into the Standard Schnauzers to make the Miniature Schnauzer. If you research ANY breed of dog down to its original origin, you will find that every breed (in its beginning) was crossed with another breed to create the “purebred” breed it currently is.
The Miniature Schnauzer
Personality: Friendly, smart, obedient
Energy Level: Medium Energy
Good with Children: Yes
Good with other Dogs: Yes
Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
Grooming: Weekly Brushing
Trainability: Extremely Easy to Train
Height: 12-14 inches
Weight: 12-20 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years on average but can live to 18
Barking Level: Moderate
History of the Miniature Schnauzer