The Standard Schnauzer is the progenitor of the other two Schnauzer varieties, the Miniature and the Giant. There has never been any breed or variety of Schnauzer that was considered a Toy Schnauzer. Anyone representing their dog as a Toy Schnauzer is attempting to breed small Miniature Schnauzers which could lend itself to whelping and other problems due to their small size.
It is probable that the Doberman, Rottweiler, and the Standard Schnauzer had a common source in a Wurttenberg cattle dog, and crossing to the Manchester Terrier produced the Doberman, and some other cross (perhaps Spitz and Poodle) gave the Schnauzer his characteristic color and coat. There are paintings depicting Schnauzers from the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The Schnauzer’s original vocation was that of a stable, yard, and cattle dog, a guard and ratter. He was never a Terrier in the English sense of a small breed used to bolt vermin from the earth, and has little or no true Terrier blood.
Wirehaired Pinschers, as the Standard Schnauzer was then called, were first exhibited at the Hannover show in 1879. The Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub continues to this day from its origin in 1895. The first volume of the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub’s stud book contained, besides Standard Schnauzers, Smooth-Coat Pinschers, Miniature Pinschers, and Wirehaired Miniature Pinschers (now known as Miniature Schnauzers).
The oldest Miniature Schnauzer was a black bitch, Findel, whelped in October 1888. Of the eight bitches registered in the first volume of the stud book, 3 were black, 3 were yellow, one black and tan, and one was pepper and salt. There evidently was much crossing between the types, and it seems that the breed they were registered as depended more on their outward appearance than on their genetic makeup. For instance, one Miniature Pinscher is registered as having a Standard Schnauzer dam, while a Miniature Schnauzer had a Miniature Pinscher sire. During the years, other crosses were invariably made, but there are no definite records as to the outcrosses. Affenpinschers, Miniature Pinschers, and Toy Spitz (Pomeranians) are mentioned.
Miniature Schnauzers were first imported to this country in the 1920’s. The Wirehaired Pinscher Club of America was formed in 1925 for all sizes and both breeds competed in the Working Group. About 1926 the name was officially changed to “Schnauzer”. The Miniature Schnauzers were granted AKC recognition in 1926. Both Standards and Miniatures were moved to the Terrier Group in 1927, and it wasn’t until 1945 that the Standards moved back to the Working Group. The Schnauzer Club of America split into the two parent clubs in 1933, the Standard Schnauzer Club of America and the American Miniature Schnauzer Club. Only two countries in the world place the Miniature Schnauzer in the Terrier Group, the United States and Canada. In all other countries they are in the Utility or Non-Sporting Groups.
This breed’s history since 1950 in America can be traced almost entirely to one dog, Ch. Dorem Display, whelped in 1945. Almost all dogs finished since the fifties have from one to several hundred lines to Display. Display was about 13 inches tall, with a short back, excellent head and neck and first-class temperament.
In all of the literature, there really is very little mention of the Miniature Schnauzer as a working dog even though its ancestors, the Standards, definitely were. It was mentioned in 1902 that interest waned in Miniature Schnauzer because people weren’t interested in pet type (non-working) dogs. The dogs of today are allowed in Terrier Trials, and many are very game, but I suspect that because they make such wonderful pets, and that in most countries that is their major line of work.
History of the Miniature Schnauzer
The breed was established by breeding the Standard Schnauzer with other smaller breeds such as the Affenpinscher, Miniature Pinscher, and even the Miniature Poodle. As breeders worked towards stabilizing the gene pool, mismarked, parti-colors, and white puppies were removed from the breeding programs. ~Quoted from the Hub Pages/Miniature Schnauzers This was done in the late 1800's to the early 1900's. Not all breeders/kennel owner's discriminated against these colors and chose to secretly keep them back and breed them regardless of what others said about the "acceptable colors". Parti Schnauzers are registered now and always have been since the early 1900's through AKC. They can not compete in confirmation unfortunately, because AKC did not keep their promise to fully register these beautiful schnauzers like they originally agreed to do.
~~~ PARTI --Resurrection of the almost extinct Parti Schnauzers The original parti color Miniature Schnauzers were found in Germany 1880. They were official registered with the German Pinscher Schnauzer Club PSK in 1929. Unfortunately, lots of the Parti Schnauzer's breed history was destroyed during World War II in Germany. During the Third Reich in 1933 the board of the German PSK decided to ban all Parti Schnauzers and most were eradicated. One of the main reason given for the ban was that Parti Schnauzers looked to similar to the Wire Hair Fox Terrier which would confuse the public. Another reason was that Partis would hurt and interfere with the sales of Salt & Pepper puppies of loyal Club Members. Sadly all Parti Schnauzer vanished from Germany and Europe. A few breeders did continue breeding the Partis secretly to avoid being kicked out from the SPK and gave those color Schnauzers away or smuggled them out of Germany in hope to preserve just a few for future breeding. the Parti Schnauzers history is older than that of the Salt & Pepper Miniature Schnauzers. Although the Germans PSK was determined to ban and destroy all the Partis, some did survive the Parti Schnauzer Holocaust .Only recently have US Breeders picked up the gap of 80 years and are resurrecting the almost extinct colors. Breeders of the Parti Schnauzers are still being looked down at with disgust by Show Breeders who believe that Salt & Pepper, Black & Silver and solid Black are and should be the only Standard colors for the Miniature Schnauzers. Parti Schnauzers are 100% Schnauzer and not a mix or cross breed. While they are disqualified from the show ring due to color discrimination, such dogs are recognized as purebreds by the AKC and can be registered! LIVER -- LIVER--Well, for a start, these colors do not exist in the Standard Schnauzer, from which the Miniature was developed in the 1800s. Interbreeding with Poodle, Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher and others was used to scale down Schnauzer size. This inadvertently brought new color genes into our Mini version that didn’t exist in Schnauzers previously. Here we are talking primarily about the genes behind the Liver or Chocolate Schnauzer and the Parti colored Schnauzer. So purists have historically rejected these “outlaw” Miniature Schnauzer colors so that they are disbarred from competing in the Show Dog arena. Such color prejudice led to culling of these colors from breeding stock which makes them relatively rare today. However, dogs displaying these colors can still be registered as purebred Mini Schnauzer stock and their popularity with pet owners is nurturing a revival in their numbers. To compound their rarity, the gene that codes for brown based coloring is recessive to the black based coloring. That means both parents must carry and pass this gene to their puppies to get this coloring .Miniature Schnauzers can be either black based (with black skin, nose, pads and hair pigment) or brown based (with brown skin, nose, pads and hair pigment). Given the many breeds that were used to down-size the Standard Schnauzer to produce the first Miniatures, it’s not surprising that “non-official” colors have appeared in the breed. Indeed, varying shades of Liver or Chocolate were prominent in the early days of the breed. At least one dog from the first litter recorded in the Miniature Schnauzer studbook was “gelb” – German for yellow – i.e. a brown based dog with pale pigment deposition. “Parti” colors too, commonly cropped up in these early litters, and were also recorded from a pair of black dogs belonging to the Abbagamba Kennel in Germany in 1929, and again from a mating of two Pepper and Salt dogs in the USA. So, while they can’t compete in the Show Ring, there is nothing wrong with the other colors as many like to argue. They are 100% purebred Schnauzer, and can be duly registered. Further, the Parti and other colors are extremely "old blood", found in most of the early lines.
Parti Schnauzer History
Scottish Terrier - HISTORY
A SHORT HISTORY of the TERRIER
article by Hugh McLernon
For those of you who rather just read the stories and not the history.
Tale # 1 Tale # 2 Tale # 3
The Terrier’s origins are lost in the mists of time. Its known that they started on the island of Skye, and spread from there to almost every part of Scotland breeding with the local dogs and eventually producing different types of the same breed. (Different they may be but they all share the same characteristics. They are loyal, aggressive protective of both life and property and usually like children). No one knows precisely what lucky mix of breeds produced the first Terriers; some believe that the Terrier started from the crossing of a local dog and the survivor of a shipwrecked boat from the Spanish Armada. This does not agree with the evidence from earlier times however. Others believe that the Terrier comes from the mixing of the Viking dog, found in Sweden called the Swedish Vallhund. Or Derver, and again a local dog,
What ever the case may be it was indeed a fortunate day when it occurred.
The first documented evidence comes during the times of Henry the Third (1216-1272) when he gave permission to “raise a pack of EARTH DOGS to work with the Hounds trapping and killing the vermin in the forests around North Umbria to a John Fitz Robert. This was in 1219.
The term EARTH DOGS now becomes the focal point of interest for in the research carried out the phrase “Earth Dogs “ is next written down by the early 15th century historian John Leslie when he described dogs found on the West Coast of Scotland as being Earth Dogs. The word Earth is derived from the Latin word TERRA and thus the name Terrier was born. Although there is no conclusive proof it is generally believed that he was referring to the Skye Terrier.
This was further emphasized when during the time of Elizabeth 1 (1558-1603) two gentlemen at court Dr Caius and Mr Tuberville who while visiting that area wrote of seeing “dogs that were called “Terriers of the North”.” used as vermin hunters, they were described as “ a small breed of Earth dogs used to hunt fox, badger, hares and rabbits, rats, showing great courage and tenacity in the open or underground.”
James IV of Scotland next refers them to when he commanded, “six earth dogs be found from Argyllshire “ and be sent to a good friend in France, and that “they be sent in at least two ships”. It should be noted that the island of Skye lies within the boundaries of Argyllshire.
The Skye Terrier (more commonly called the Cairn Terrier) is the oldest of the Terrier breeds in Britain. It gets it name from the Cairns it was supposed to keep clear of vermin. The cairns were used as repositories of cold cured or frozen meat, placed in there during the winter and allowed to freeze in order to preserve them (there were no fridge’s or freezers then). The meat was placed in amongst a pile of stones and then a pyramid or cairn of stones was built up around it .The foxes badgers and rats would make some inroads into the stored meat but the dogs were bred to protect the food and were excellent vermin hunters.
During the late 16th century one Farquhar of Drumfearn is known to have kept several packs of hounds and he also kept terriers as working dogs. The practice in those days was for the white haired terriers to be drowned at birth, as it was believed that they were of uncertain courage and that they would stand out against the hillsides and thus reveal the hunters to the prey. Fortunately Farquhar did not subscribe to this idea and insisted on having at least one dog in each pack of terriers that was white. From these white haired dogs came the West Highland Terriers.
Two centuries later the oldest accredited breed of Cairn Terriers appeared. Bred by a Captain Macleod of Drynoch they were oldest of three Kennels in Skye, the other two being the Waternish owned by Macdonald's and the Mackinnon's of Kilbride. In earlier times they (the dogs) were known as Drynoch, Monkstadt, and Camusunary terriers but this really refers to the estates on which they were found.
The Drynoch strain were dominated by the silver colouring, the Waternish by the dark greys through to brindles and the Mackinnons of Kilbride by the cream through to nearly black. Many years of feuding, fighting and reiving (stealing of cattle) lead to many a dog being stolen from its rightful master and used for breeding or fighting. At present the purest strain of dog on the island of Skye is the Waternish strain.
There are 25 recognized breeds of terriers in the world, and they all trace their ancestry back to Britain. Mostly bred from a Scottish terrier and a local dog, the terrier genes proved dominant. Some breeds of terrier have become extinct One such was the Clydesdale or Paisley Terrier which played an important part in the development of the Yorkshire Terrier and also played a part in the production of the Black and Tan (or as it is also known, the Manchester Terrier). It is also known that William IV (1830-1837) had a small Yorkshire Terrier.
The first volume of the Kennel Club Stud Book dated 1874 notes that "the Yorkshire Terrier is also known as the Broken Haired Scotch Terrier".
Well, that's a shortened version of the History of the Terriers, (mostly as dry as old sticks). The following short stories I hope will repay you for your patience.
Tale # 1
On the 8th of February 1587, after 19yrs of imprisonment, Mary, Queen of the Scots was finally executed by order of Elizabeth I (her cousin). As was the custom then those of Royal birth were beheaded. Mary (traditionally) bribed the executioner, a Frenchman, in order that he makes the death both swift and painless, (he failed, as it apparently took two blows of the sword to hack off her head).
The body was stripped of the dress and, at that point, a small terrier hiding beneath the dress, crept out and went and sat down beside the severed head.
The dog, being covered in its mistress's blood, was taken away and bathed. It was given food, but no amount of coaxing would make it eat. It died shortly afterwards, apparently of a broken heart.
Tale # 2
This, the second tale about terriers, takes place in Edinburgh. The year is 1855, and a young dog has just been born. Its first year is unknown however the following year it is bought by the Edinburgh Constabulary and given as a watch /patrol dog to one John Gray a Police Constable who's beat covered the notorious "Cattle Market " and the equally notorious "Grass Market ". These were places where the police officers had to patrol in pairs, even if they have a dog!
A film was made up by Walt Disney during the 1960's about his life.
He was called Bobby. He and Constable John Gray had a short working life together as P.C. Gray fell ill with TB (Tuberculosis) and died after only two years with the Constabulary. He was buried at Greyfriars Churchyard in 1858.
Befriended by the family called Traill, who owned a local restaurant. He was kept well fed and was well loved by them, but his first loyalty was to his dead master. For the next 14years he spent his days at the graveside but as he became older and increasingly more infirm he took to sleeping at night in front of the living room fire. He was found dead there in 1870. aged 15
A statue of Greyfriars Bobby was erected by Baroness Burdette-Coults in 1873 at Candlemakers Row, close to the graveyard. There was also a plaque unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester in 1991 just inside the graveyard commemorating the life of Bobby.
The Friend of Bobby Society of America donated a gravestone in 1981.
In passing, for those of you who have seen the film, the dog that played the part of Bobby was bought by the Chief Constable of Edinburgh and presented to a children's home where he spent the rest of his life loved and wanted by all. He died aged 18.
Tale # 3
The Third and shortest tale takes place during the Indian Mutiny. The year is 1857, the place Cawnpore. A large group of British men, women, and children were trapped in the town, by Sepoys (native troops) who had mutinied. They were slaughtered in what became known as the Cawnpore Massacre. After the killings had finished the troops went on a looting spree, and eyewitnesses reported seeing them stealing bags of Rupees, watches and Skye Terriers!!!
The popularity of the Scottish Terrier has been on the wane since the 1920s and 1930s when Scotties were the ‘it dog’ and pet of choice for both Hollywood stars and presidents. While they still have a select circle of devotees, including a handful of celebrities, they lag far behind the current number one terrier, the sadly cursed Yorkie, and and their Scottish cousin, the West Highland Terrier, for whom they are often mistaken.
Scottish Terriers to the stars
Lena – Tatum O’Neal’s beloved Scottish Terrier, whose death “set her off”
Dublin – American Idol winner, David Cook’s Scottie
Puppy Dearest – Joan Crawford’s Scottie
Duffy - Julie Andrews’ wheaten Scottish Terrier
Corkey – Shirley Temple’s Scottish Terrier
African Queen and Kane Mutiny – Humphrey Bogart’s Scotties
Tibby – Bette Davis’ Scottish Terrier puppy
Jock – from Lady and the Tramp
Scottish Terriers with a White House connection
Barney Bush – Remember him? George W. Bush’s Scottish Terrier who bit a reporter during his last few days in office
Whiskie – The Scottie who played Barney in Oliver Stone’s movie, W.
Fala – FDR’s beloved Scottish Terrier shares a Washington memorial with his master
Scotch and Soda – Ex-president Ronald Reagan is said to have had two Scotties who lived on his ranch, but we can’t find any r
Telek and Caaci – President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Scottish Terriers
Jessie – Theodore Roosevelt’s Scottie
Hootchie – Jackie’ Kennedy Onassis’ childhood Scottish Terrier
Other Scottie dogs with famous (or infamous owners)
Titus – Lech Kaczynski, the Polish President’s Scottish Terrier
Laddie - Queen Victoria’s Scottie dog
Maggie aka Scottie – Carnegie Mellon University’s mascot Scottish Terrier
Burli – Rumoured to be a Scottish Terrier belonging to Hitler, but his existence his never been confirmed. Hitler’s mistress Evan Braun definitely did have two Scotties named Stasi and Negus
Famous Scottish Terriers
Song: Fragile Forest
By: Phi Keaggy
Scottish Heroes & Villains
Even since the first wild dog came sniffing around a stone age camp fire looking for scraps our relationship with these animals has been a close one. Many stories exist of this bond between man and dog and Scotland has its fair share. However the most famous by far was Bobby - the Skye Terrier.
Bobby first appeared in Edinburgh around the 1850s at the side of John Gray; a shepherd who came to the capital, trading his crook for a truncheon he joined the police force, preferring to herd criminals than sheep! Edinburgh in this time, especially the old town where Gray and his faithful dog patrolled was no place for the feint hearted. The scandal of Burke & Hare were still fresh in the mind and many other notorious criminals stalked the squalid streets of 'Auld Reekie'
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Gray found lodging in the Cowgate a narrow cavernous street that runs under the impressive 'Bridges'. The street was given this name as it led down towards the pasture land past the Eastern city walls. As the city had grown this once magnificent walkway had been almost buried by the architecture that sprang up on either side. This was certainly not one of the better parts of the city and any man (and dog) had to be capable of looking after themselves to live there.
The area from the Cowgate westward to the Grassmarket nearby was a popular market with sheep and cattle driven down from the highlands for trade - rustling was common and John Gray and Bobby patrolled this area at night keeping the peace. When his watch ended Gray frequented a small eating house at nearby Greyfriars Place where both were given good hospitality. For many years the two were regular customers. John became known to all as 'Old Jock' and Bobby became a firm favourite of all the children that played around these streets.
However there was one villain lurking in these streets that 'Jock' could not defeat - the poor housing in the old town harboured a number of diseases and John Gray eventually succumbed to Tuberculosis. He was invalided out of the force and died in his lodging house in 1858.
Grey's funeral was attended by a guard of honour from the police force and Bobby marched with the procession up Candlemaker Row to the kirkyard at Greyfriars. Bobby would almost certainly not have been permitted to follow the procession into the kirkyard as dogs would not have been allowed, however at night when he was let out from the lodging house that he had now been adopted in he made straight for Greyfriars - scrambled under the gates and found the grave of his master.
He was discovered the next morning and evicted from the grounds but almost as soon as he was out he found another way back in and resumed his place with determination. this ritual was performed many times before the church elders finally gave up and permitted Bobby to maintain his vigil. He was still a regular at the eating house in Greyfriars place, owned by Mr Traill.
As time passed Bobby's fame spread - visitors to the churchyard would always have a scrap of food for the 'wee doggie' and the patrolling 'bobbies' would nearly always make a detour through the cemetery to pay respects to John and Bobby. Only when the worst of the winter weather gripped the city did Bobby give up his graveside location.
Visitors (any many locals) in Edinburgh have no doubt jumped at the stroke of one o'clock when the one o'clock gun is fired from Edinburgh castle. This long running tradition was used as a time signal, particularly useful for ships in the nearly port of Leith but the signal was also used by Bobby as 'dinner time'. He was frequently joined by William Dow, A cabinet maker who worked at George Heriots School on the other side of the kirkyard. Soon Bobby got used to looking out for his friend and would be waiting for him at the gates when the gun was fired.
So this relationship continued until someone less charitable pointed out to the authorities that Bobby had no license and since no owner could be traced the poor dog was 'arrested'. The mean spirited act caused an outrage. The dog's own free nature meant that it seemed attached to no-one but his dead master so no matter how hard they tried no on person could satisfactorily claim ownership. Students at the University began collecting towards a license for the dog and William Chambers, Lord Provost of Edinburgh presented Bobby with his own engraved collar with the license attached. Bobby belonged to everyone and had the freedom of the city.
Bobby never gave up his vigil and he finally died in 1872 at Mr Traill's home in Kier Street just to the west of Greyfriars. There is a rumour that he was secretly buried in a quiet corner Greyfriars kirkyard. A stone was later erected near the entrance with this inscription:
Died 14th January 1872
Aged 16 Years
Let his Loyalty and Devotion
Be a Lesson to us all
Erected by the Dog Aid Society
of Scotland and Unveiled by H/RH
The Duke of Gloucestor G.C.V.O.
on 13th May 1981
Just across from the entrance to Greyfriars there is a more famous monument - the statue of little Bobby himself. He has become one of most lasting icons of Edinburgh and his likeness is as well known as all the famous dignitaries whose monuments pepper the streets of Scotland's capital.
We have now our little famous Merle Schnauzer, it is not a pure schnauzer, it has been bred in with a Aussie or pom to make the merle pattern. Over breeding one pup from each litter they have now been able to say that the Merle is a Miniature Schnauzer, which is not an accurate statement, nothing is ever pure and mixing Aussie in with the schnauzer, will never mathematically equal to pure. The reason they have done this is because they wanted to bring in what they consider better coat, better temperament, better health but more than anything more revenue for their "business". Merle schnauzers have been known to herd the kids since they still have the drive of an Aussie, because of the reduce in sizes to what they are selling (teacup, toys) they are having teeth problems, jaw deformities, liver shunts, now eye and hearing lost. It has came under noticed that these breeders consider all of these personal issues and will use some of them in their program because they have the color or coat that they think will produce more money for them. They have now stepped up to even better ways of making money off the breed is by using a merle parent, to a non-merle they are only getting 25-50% merle pups, which leaves the other non-merle pups harder to sell or cheaper so they have decided to do a merle to merle breeding that will produce a double merle. This double merle could be blind or deaf or both. However if you keep a male back from that litter he will produce 100% merle puppies, with a solid being rare. But the cost of getting a double merle is extremely high and very risky. Please check out the eye conditions that some of these double merle schnauzers will have. http://www.lethalwhites.com/eyes.html. But rest assure they will not allow the new puppy owner to know that his/her sire was deaf and blind or even had eye problems. Even on their website they have these parents in their top condition and you would never expect they are blind or deaf or even both. These are the breeders that call them a Personal Issue, and they are even saying they did it by accident but yes it will make more money. Good breeders never make money off of accident and not one of such risky health concerns.
Miniature Schnauzer / Miniature Australian Shepherd Hybrid Dogs
The Miniature Schnauzzie is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Miniature Schnauzer and the Miniature Australian Shepherd. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
American Canine Hybrid Club = Miniature Schnauzzie
International Designer Canine Registry = Miniature Schnauzzie
Designer Breed Registry = Miniature Schnauzzi
Many families or individuals are lucky enough to own a Miniature Schnauzer. Not only are they gorgeous little dogs, but they make great pets with their loving and affectionate nature. They have been in many places in the world in many different roles.
In the United Kingdom, the miniature Schnauzer is not listed as a terrier but as a utility group. They perform in a show called Crufts, which is an international Championship conformation show for dogs. The United Kennel Club sponsors and puts together this great event. According to the Guinness Book of Records, this is the largest annual dog show in the world. Although three are many different competitions and events in Crufts, the highest award for the dog and owner is the Best in Show award. Not just any dog can enter this competition. It is reserved for dogs that have won smaller competitions the previous year.
Many miniature Schnauzer owners love their dog so much that they own many pieces of Schnauzer related merchandise, and there is a lot available. Garbage cans, calendars, shirts, hats, posters and books are just a few of the items you can purchase in some of the online stores.
There have been many great Miniature Schnauzers since they came into the registry. One miniature Schnauzer who was a real pride to the breed was "Target", a salt and pepper Schnauzer born in 1980. He was listed as the #1 Miniature Schnauzer in 1982 as well as becoming the first Best in Show winner. Not only was he a winner in the show ring, but at stud as well. He was only at stud for 4 1/2 years, but he fathered 78 AKC Champions, a world record that was not to be beaten for 15 years. Females were sent to him from all over the world. He can still be found in the breeding lines of many Miniature Schnauzers.
I don't know how many people are aware of this, but originally the Schnauzer was bred to be a ratter to catch small vermin on the ground. Since then, owners have been trying to break them of this ingrained habit of chasing smaller animals! The Schnauzer, however, is brave enough to stand up to a dog twice his size and not back down. They will face down anything or anyone to protect their owner, regardless of the possible risk to themselves.
There is a condition called Schnauzer Bumps or schnauzer comedone syndrome where the schnauzer gets pus filled bumps on their back. This condition is inherited and there is no cure, but seems to get better in the summer when there is sunlight. Some helpful hints for this syndrome are bathing the dog regularly, giving them Vitamin E, using a dandruff shampoo and if it's from an allergy, changing dog foods. Many schnauzer owners are not aware of this condition.
The beauty of the Schnauzer has also been displayed in the work of many famous artists such as Rembrandt and Durer, ensuring it will remain popular and well known for many years to come.
Miniature Schnauzer Weird Facts/Did you Know?
Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about Miniature Schnauzers
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about Miniature Schnauzers, trivia and information about pets, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults. Interesting Facts about Miniature Schnauzers are as follows:
Fact 1 - Description and Definition of Miniature Schnauzers: This is an old German miniature breed of sturdy black or grayish wire-haired terriers having a blunt muzzle used as ratters and guard dogs or police dogs.
They are considered suitable as a family pet
Fact 2 - Origin of the breed: Miniature Schnauzers originated in Germany
Fact 3 - Size: The weight of Miniature Schnauzers range from 8 - 10 pounds
Fact 4 - Size: The height ranges from 10 to 12 inches, up to the shoulder
Fact 5 - Alternative Names of Miniature Schnauzers and Nicknames: Reh Pinscher, Zwergpinscher and Mini Pin
Fact 6 - Coat and colors of Miniature Schnauzers: The coat is normally hard, smooth and short
Fact 7 - Life of Miniature Schnauzers: the life expectancy of this breed of dog is between 14 – 16 years
Fact 8 - The names of dog breeds are separated into different dog types which are referred to as Dog Groups. The name of the dog group for Miniature Schnauzers is the Toy dog breed
Fact 9 - After the first year of life, dogs are considered to be adults - they equivalent to 16 human years!
After 2 years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old
After 3 years, they are equivalent to a 30 year old
Every year after add five human years to determine the equivalent age of the dog
Fact 10 - Choosing Miniature Schnauzers as pets! The following considerations should be taken into account when choosing this particular breed of dog as a pet:
How much it will cost to feed and train the dog?
How much time will it take to groom the dog?
How much time will it take to exercise the dog on a daily basis?
Are Miniature Schnauzers suitable for children?
How much will it cost for vet bills, pet or dog health insurance, medication and vaccinations?
Fact 11 - Every breed of dog is susceptible to certain health problems and illnesses. Miniature Schnauzers are prone to health problems and illnesses such as:
- Patellar Luxation ( The patella, or kneecap, is part of the stifle joint (knee). In patellar luxation, the kneecap luxates, or pops out of place )
- Eye conditions
Fact 12 - Miniature Schnauzers were originally bred to help with various jobs and tasks such as:
Fact 13 - Breeding Miniature Schnauzers for appearance was only introduced in the 19th Century
Fact 14 - It is estimated that 85% of dogs visit a vet in a year
Fact 15 - The average cost of owning a medium sized dog, over a 10 year period, is estimated as over $13,000! This provides a good idea of how much it costs to raise Miniature Schnauzers
History and Origins of the Scottish Terrier
The History and Origins of the Scottish Terrier is really interesting. The history of the Scottish Terrier began in the 18th century in Scotland, Great Britain when Scottish breeders decided they needed a small, fast, brave and bold fox and vermin hunter. The Scottie, which is the nickname often used for the breed, is naturally very keen and alert. These puppies and dogs are quick and energetic and this couples with the fact that they love to chase to dig, made them excellent little hunters on the farms in Scotland, hunting down den animals including otter, rabbit, badger and fox. The Scottie was favored by King James VI, and during his reign, the popularity of the breed began to increase. The year of 1890 saw the introduction of the Scottish Terrier into America where it has since been a popular family pet. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1885.
History and Origins - How the Scottish Terrier got its name
The history and origins of the Scottish Terrier continues with how the dog got his name! Originally, when the Scottie was first bred, it wasn't named the Scottish Terrier! The breed was named the Aberdeen Terrier, the name derived from the Scottish town of Aberdeen. The breed was later re-named the Scottish Terrier as it originates from Scotland and it belongs to the Terrier group of dogs. Another nickname that was given to the breed during the 18th century, was the Little Diehard, and this is a name that was given to the Scottie by George IV of Dumbarton. In today's time, this breed is a very popular family pet. Training can be a little difficult as this dog tends to be a little independent and sometimes stubborn, however, it is by no means impossible, it just requires a little patience, care and time. When a Scottie is given suitable training, it makes a wonderful family pet.
The first dog show which recognised the Scottish terrier as a separate breed was held in London in 1879. A terrier owned by Sir Paynton Pigott was the first Scottish terrier to be entered in this show, and also won first prize in his class. What was the dog's name?
Granite. They were all Scotties which were well-known during this period. However, of these only Granite was entered in the 1879 show, along with 11 others. A drawing in the "Live Stock Journal" of 1879 shows him above the words "The first Scottish terrier to be entered at a Kennel Club show"
The dog we now know as the Scottish Terrier had been called by several other names over the years. Which of the following has been used for the Scottie?
all of these (Aberdeen Terrier, Diehard, Highland Terrier). The Scottie is sometimes still referred to as the Aberdeen Terrier. Diehard was a nickname long used to refer to the plucky nature of the Scottie and its never-say-die attitude. Reference to a Highland Terrier is found in some old documents, but the name is less common than the others.