The first of our weekly Dog PAWtobiography’s is the Miniature Schnauzer! As you may know, between us at PetDoc HQ, we have 3 that come to work with us here each day (Baroness, Milo and Pippa)!
This German breed dates back to the 15th century. ‘Schnauze’ comes from the German word for muzzle, which refers to this dog’s distinctive wizard-like beard!
This breed also has unmistakable eyebrows and a two-layer coat (a wiry outercoat and a dense, soft coat underneath). They are also hypoallergenic. Miniature Schnauzers can come in salt-and-pepper colour, black and silver, jet black or white. The white Miniature Schnauzer has only recently been recognised by the World Canine Organisation.
Originally used as ratters, these dogs went on to carry dispatches and aid red cross workers in WW1, so it’s no wonder they are ranked as the 12th smartest dog breed. The Miniature Schnauzer is now used as a hunting dog or family dog. Although part of the terrier clan, they are not aggressive dogs, however they can be known for their stubbornness! Train them from a young age and make sure they know who the leader of the pack is, otherwise they will try and run rings around you!
Miniature Schnauzers have two settings, either they have oodles of energy and are up for mischievous playtime or they will be lapping up attention and snuggling up to you! They also like to try and ‘talk’ to you and will certainly be heard when someone approaches your house!
An average Miniature Schnauzer will measure usually 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder and weight can range between 11 to 20 pounds. They can live between 12 – 15 years which is a good age for a dog, but as any dog lover will know, this is never long enough!
Famous owners included Doris Day and Bruce Lee!
This dog is most likely to be called Gandalf!