Miniature Schnauzer Breed Information

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Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small but sturdy fellow. The Miniature Schnauzer breed is intelligent, which is great for dog training; however, this intelligence is coupled with stubbornness. They are feisty and strong-willed dogs, and need calm but firm handling. The Miniature Schnauzer is a typical terrier: full of vigour and energy, with a certain attitude of self-confidence, combined with affection and a desire to please.

Miniature Schnauzer breed attributes

About Miniature Schnauzer breed

Description

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small but sturdy fellow. These dogs have a square look, with a strong rectangular head, complete with a beard and bushy eyebrows. The muzzle is blunt at the end, with a black nose. The eyes are small, with a beautiful deep brown colour. The Miniature Schnauzer’s ears are small and V-shaped in their natural shape; although ear cropping has been traditional for this breed, it is illegal in some areas. Schnauzers’ tails were also traditionally docked – again, this is illegal in some areas.

Origin: Germany

Look

The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat, with a soft undercoat and a wiry outer coat. Although they are sometimes described as non-moulting dogs, this isn’t technically true: they do shed, but this is minimal.

They generally need to be clipped to keep their fur in neat condition: a typical clip for a Miniature Schnauzer involved keeping the fur on the ears, legs, belly, and face, and clipping the rest of the body.

The Miniature Schnauzer has a handsome bushy beard and moustache, and eyebrows that Albert Einstein would be jealous of.  They also have cat-like feet which are rounded and short, with black paw pads.

One of the most common coat colours is salt and pepper, where the body is grey with white points. Miniature Schanuzers can also be black and silver, black, or white. White-coated Schanuzers aren’t accepted by all clubs: the Canadian Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club will not accept white Miniature Schnauzers for conformation showing.

However, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale will accept white Miniature Schnauzers: great news if you’re interested in showing your dog.

Health

While the Miniature Schnauzer is generally a healthy dog, they are prone to a few health conditions:

  • Cataracts
  • Entropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Urinary Stones
  • Myotonia Congenita
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Congenital Megaoesophagus

At Newdoggy.com, we recommend that you buy your Miniature Schnauzer puppy from reputable breeders, who use genetic testing and good breeding practices to remove genetic conditions from their breeding lines.

Learning

The Miniature Schnauzer is intelligent, which is great for dog training; however, this intelligence is coupled with stubbornness and a certain level of self-confidence (both common terrier traits). They are feisty and strong-willed dogs, and need calm but firm handling. Be prepared for an energetic and clever little dog who will keep you on your toes; however, that same energy and intelligence can be channelled into their training.

Temperament

The Miniature Schnauzer is a typical terrier: full of vigour and energy, with a certain attitude of self-confidence, combined with affection and a desire to please. They can be a little territorial, often barking or acting aloof with strangers (both humans and other dogs) until they get to know them better. They tend to be suspicious with strangers; do not encourage this trait, or your Miniature Schnauzer will bark at every strange human and dog they see.

Miniature Schnauzers can be aggressive to other dogs, and to animals such as cats and small pets (due to their roots as ratting dogs), so this might not be the best breed if you want other pets.

Although they are feisty and often prone to bossiness, if handled calmly and firmly and socialised at an early age, the Miniature Schnauzer makes a great family pet. They are very affectionate dogs, and will happily play or walk with you and your kids.

Living with

Be ready to exercise: despite their small size, the Miniature Schnauzer has boundless energy. Keep him on a leash (as Miniature Schnauzers will often dash after the first cat they see, heedless of any obstacles such as traffic) and walk him frequently. Miniature Schnauzers often excel in canine agility and obedience classes.

They are somewhat high maintenance dogs in terms of grooming. Brush your Miniature Schnauzer daily with a wire brush, and take him for a clip twice a year.

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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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