A Close Look At the Charming and Extremely Intelligent White Miniature Schnauzer

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Miniature SchnauzerThe White Miniature Schnauzer is an exceedingly cute little dog. They were originally bred in Germany for the purpose of getting a Schnauzer that was somewhat smaller than the typical Schnauzer. The result was the Miniature Schnauzer. This was accomplished by crossing the regular Schnauzer with Affenpinschers or Poodles. Not all Miniature schnauzers are white. In fact most are not. They are either all black or have a salt and pepper, or black and silver color if they are pure blood. Miniature Schnauzers typically weigh between 15 and 25 pounds. They are about the size of a small beagle, and share one of the characteristics of the beagle. They often keep their noses close to the ground. The German word Schnauzer means a nose or a snout, and this little breed was bred to be used as a ratter, as well as to keep other vermin away from homes, barns, stables, and sheds.


The Result of a Defective Gene


A White Miniature Schnauzer was for a long time considered to be defective because of a recessive gene. The white-colored pups were often disposed of. Look at a few images of these white puppies and it is difficult to imagine how anyone could want to destroy them, or be capable if doing so. Nowadays, people pay a great deal of money to have one of these Schnauzers that is pure white in color.


OK to Register, Not OK to Show


The white-colored Schnauzers are recognized by the World Canine Organization. They are recognized by the Miniature Schnauzer Club in the United States. They can be registered with the American Kennel Club since they are considered to be pure blood, but they cannot be entered in AKC shows or competitions. The reason is that the there are four colors allowed according to the AKC Standard  for a Miniature Schnauzer’s coat, and white is not one of them. White is regarded as a defect.


If you can live without having your pet compete in the Westminster Dog Show, and simply want a loving, loyal companion one of these Schnauzers should fill the bill. Their temperament is described as that of being alert and spirited. They are obedient, but if they are not well trained they can at times be somewhat stubborn. They are one of those breeds that at times appear to have selective hearing. If you call them and they’ve found something of greater interest to them than you are, they’re likely to ignore you. This would not be true however of a well-trained miniature Schnauzer, usually.


Brave Little Dogs and Good Watchdogs


While related to terriers, although not terriers themselves, Miniature schnauzers are not as aggressive, nor do they tend to be timid. A Schnauzer that has not been groomed to conform to the standard Schnauzer cut will closely resemble a terrier, except its legs are much slimmer. Miniature Schnauzers make good watchdogs. They will not bark at anything and everything as terriers sometimes will, but they will quite often bark at someone they are unfamiliar with. They can be somewhat territorial, and they are very brave little dogs, but when they defend their territory they do so by barking, and not by biting.


Good With Children Who Know How to Treat Them


Miniature schnauzers are good with children. They like to play, but being small dogs they need gentle play. When not being given attention it is a good idea to have some toys for them to play with. These are curious and energetic little dogs, and if left alone without something to play with they can become bored and create their own toys and games. If you leave your pet in the yard, and it should be an enclosed yard, be aware of the fact that these little dogs have a strong digging instinct. They are not trying to escape, but they do like to dig. Miniature Schnauzers also need to be walked with a leash. If they should bolt and run after something, they are usually not very good at finding their way back.


The White Miniature schnauzer is becoming more and more available from breeders. It is no longer regarded as a lesser breed despite its non-conformance to AKC standards. More and more breeders are specializing in these white miniatures, and many are working to improve the breed.


The Schnauzer is a Breed That Does Not Shed


One of the nice features about Miniature Schnauzers that is worth mentioning is that they don’t shed. This is true of schnauzers in general. They do need to be clipped and groomed on occasion. People who live in cooler climates often let their pets go without being clipped during the winter months to help keep them warm. Of course you don’t have to clip your pet Schnauzer. It isn’t mandatory and it won’t affect your pet’s health if you don’t. It’s mainly a matter as to whether you want it to look very much like a schnauzer, or just be a cute, friendly, and intelligent little dog.

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