The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog. The Miniature Schnauzer
can have troubles with other dogs, however if properly trained and
socialized; this breed can do all right. This breed should be supervised
around small children, and does best with older children and more
respectable children. The Schnauzer can be combative with other
dogs, however if raised with them this breed can do well. They are
not recommended for a home with smaller animals such as the cat
as they have the tendency to chase them.
They should have a powerful blunt muzzle and a strong jaw with
a perfect scissor bite. The eyes should be of medium size, dark
and oval, with arched bushy eyebrows. The ears should be V shaped
and high set. The neck should be strong and slightly arched. The
chest should be deep and broad, and the topline strong and straight,
slightly higher at the shoulder than the back end. A short-coupled
breed, the body length should be the same as the height at the withers.
The front legs should appear straight when viewed from all angles,
the back legs should be well muscled. The feet should be compact,
round and cat like. The tail is customarily docked to 3 joints,
high set and carried high. The coat should be harsh and wiry with
a dense undercoat however for the show ring this is stripped out
to give a shorter and cleaner outline. The preferred colours for
the show ring are salt & pepper, black with silver markings
or solid black.