KRISTEC MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS  




2000 to 2014

ABOUT MINI SCHNAUZER

                                    

 

 WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF SCHNAUZERS. 

There are three sizes of schnauzer, the Miniature and Schnauzer (often referred to as the Standard Schnauzer just to denote the breed variety), these are shown in the Utility Group (a mixed group of breeds that don't really fit into the other 6 groups) and the largest is the Giant which is shown in the Working Group due to its more recent history of being a working breed. The Schnauzer is the original size and dates back to at least the 15th century.  

 

The Schnauzer is the only breed known to take it's name from one of it's kind to win a prize at a show.This was at the International show in Hanover in 1879. The winner of the wire-haired Pincher class was a dog called 'Schnauzer' and thus the present day name for the breed. They used to occur in litters with the smooth coated German Pinschers, where they were known as rough coated pinschers. When the types were split, the rough coated variety took the name from a famous dog of the day 'Schnauz' which means beard or muzzle.

 


THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER.

Size:

The females should be 13" and the males 14" to the shoulder.

Colour:

The mini comes in four colours that are recognised by the UK Kennel Club:

1. Pepper & Salt - The hairs should be banded ie half white and half grey).

2. Black & Silver -The black should be a solid colour and the silver should be silver.

3. Black - Which should be a solid black colour all over.

4. Whites - Which should be of solid colour with cream at end of hairs.

Grooming:

The coat of the show dog is harsh and wiry, it shows off the colour to best advantage, especially the unique pepper & salt colour where each hair is banded. Pets are more often clipped on an 8 week basis, this 'kills off' the hard coat and leaves the dog with a soft texture of the undercoat and pepper & salts turn a grey shade all over the body, however, the clipped coat is much easier to maintain and easier for the dog at each grooming session.

 

Temperament:

Miniature schnauzers make ideal family pets.They are an intelligent breed which makes them easy to train and very adaptable. They don't need a huge amount of exercise but will be happier for having a daily romp off lead in a safe area and a few games with their owner. As a non-moulting breed they can be good for some people who have allergies to dogs but do spend time with the breed in an enclosed space before deciding they are the breed for you.
 
Hereditary Problems.
 
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and cataract (both congenital and hereditary) occur in the Miniature Schnauzer. Every endeavour should be taken to eradicate such problems from the breed. Eye testing should always be carried out annually, especially before mating, both sire and dam. Puppies can be tested for Congenital Hereditary ( CC or formerly CJC - Congenital Juvenile Cataracts) form of cataracts at about 6 - 8 weeks old. All Miniature Schnauzer should be litter screened as puppies for. Before purchasing a puppy check that it has a clear eye certificate you should receive a copy of the litter screening and be shown the parents current clear eye certificates.

                     

 

All my girls live in my home with myself and two children. They are pets first and show dogs second, they are have excellent temperaments and whether they have been at a show all day or romping on the beach, they like at the end of the day to snuggle up and snooze on their couch in the back room.


                                                    
 
 
Often in the evening they like to come in the lounge and watch television, their favourite programs are The Dog Whisper and One Man and His Dog!!!
 

 

 From the left Carly, Minty, Sumo, Millie and Molly is just on the right!

 

IDEAL QUALITIES.

- Found in The Miniature Schnauzer,

Much in a small compass

Ideal family dog

Never dull

Intelligent

Amenable to training

Tough and hardy

Unique and unusual colouring

Robust

Excellent watchdog.

 

Splendid character

Charming temperament

Handy size. sturdy and stylish

Non- shed coat

Always a faithful companion

Utterly dependable

Zestful and full of fun

Easy mixer

Radiates happiness.