Basic Information on the Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzers, reportedly a cross between the Standard Schnauzer
and the Affenpincher, were originally bred to catch vermin. They
are robust, alert, happy dogs, and make excellent companions because
they are playful, affectionate and intelligent. They do not shed
and generally cause fewer symptoms in people allergic to dogs than
do most other breeds.
There are three accepted colors for Mini Schnauzers: 1) salt &
pepper (any combination of black and white banded hairs and solid
black and white unbanded hairs, with the banded hairs predominating;
all mixtures from light to dark with tan shadings are permissible),
2) black & silver, and 3) solid black. White Mini Schnauzers
cannot be shown in AKC conformation shows or in Canadian Kennel
Club conformation shows. (See more on whites below) Mini Schnauzers
are double-coated. They have a wiry outer coat and a fine undercoat.
(The two coats tend to blend when the animals are clipped.)
The breed must be between 12" and 14" tall, measured
at the shoulder, to be shown in the U.S. and Canada. Miniature Schnauzers
should be sturdily built, nearly square in proportion of body length
to height, with plenty of bone and without any suggestion of toyishness.
There are only 3 sizes of Schnauzers, Miniature, Standard and Giant.
We are only discussing the Miniature.
There is no
such thing as a Toy, Midsize, Teacup or any other adjective describing
the name Miniature Schnauzer except “Miniature.”
Breeding to obtain any other size is unacceptable to responsible
persons who breed by the standard written by the American Miniature
There are many breeders who advertise “AKC” registered Miniature
Schnauzers in various colors such as White, Tan, Rust, Phantom,
Party, Chocolate and Speckled. It is debatable that these dogs
are pure Miniature Schnauzers, although their breeders will try
their hardest to convince you they are. As it is stated in the following
article concerning white Miniature Schnauzers, The validity of the
AKC registration depends on the integrity of the person doing the
If you are researching finding a reputable breeder and see any
of the above-mentioned traits on Schnauzer web sites you must consider
the persons to be uninformed and therefore not responsible.
Why are whites so bad?
By Marcia Feld
(Used with permission)
"First please understand that any AKC registration means only
that the parents of the dog were also registered with AKC and the
validity of that registration depends on the integrity of the persons
doing the registering. For instance, a woman in the hospital with
a new baby can name any male as the father of that infant. The integrity
of the birth certificate depends on her, not the registry. Any dog
may be registered with the AKC as long as both of its parents were
also AKC registered. This registration says nothing about the quality
of the dog.
You ask a legitimate question, why are whites so bad? There is
a written definition of what each breed shall be. That definition
dates back to the origin of the breed and is on paper for anyone
interested to read. The definition is what makes the Great Dane
a Great Dane, a Poodle a Poodle, a Dalmatian a Dalmatian, etc. Etc.
Etc. It is not up to each of us to decide that we would like to
change each of these breeds because we "like it" or "find
it appealing." Adhering to these definitions is what retains
the individuality of the breed. Breeding to the definition is the
challenge for the breeder. A brown Dalmatian might be cute - but
he is no longer a Dalmatian. A tiny Great Dane would be more easily
kept - but he is no longer a Great Dane, and a hard-coated Poodle
would be easier to groom, but he wouldn't be a poodle. In the same
light, a White Schnauzer is no longer a Schnauzer; he is disqualified
because he does not meet the definition of that breed.
The little white Schnauzer is not "bad"; he is simply
not a good specimen of the breed. I would suggest that the person
who likes a small white terrier seriously consider the purchase
of a Westie. By the way, the Westie wouldn't be a Westie if he were
any other color than white."
Sources of Reliable Information Regarding Miniature Schnauzers
The New Miniature Schnauzer, 2nd Edition
by Dan Kiedrowski P.O. Drawer A LaHonda, CA 94020
The Book of the Miniature Schnauzer by Anna Katherine Nicholas
TFH Publications, Inc 211 West Sylvania Avenue Neptune, NJ 07753
You and Your Miniature Schnauzer by Dan Kiedrowski
(see address above)
Published by Dan Kiedrowski
(see address above)
AKC Miniature Schnauzer Videocassette
American Kennel Club 5580 Centerview Drive Raleigh, NC 27690
or online at http://www.akc.org
American Miniature Schnauzer Club publications
Amy Gordon P.O. Box 17493, West Palm Beach, FL 33416
AMSC Publication: http://amsc.us/pubs.html
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