August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
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lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Miniature Schnauzer Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Miniature Schnauzer averages 13” and is usually wrapped in a distinctive salt and pepper coat which requires clipping or stripping to maintain the look. Square and well-knit, he is among the happiest of all terriers, highly intelligent, and suited for farm or apartment. He enjoys other dogs and children.

Miniature Schnauzer Puppy & Breed Information

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The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany from larger Schnauzers of late 1500s with a dash of poodle and Affenpinscher which modified the typical terrier drive. The Miniature Schnauzer retains a bit of guarding instinct but is very much a people dog, strongly attached to his family and home. He can be vocal but is not a barker. The Miniature is naturally agile and playful, belying the dignified expression created by his beard and bushy eyebrows.

Schnauzer Coat, Color, Care: This little terrier has a hard wiry coat which ideally should be plucked but more often is clippered. Either way, he’s a spiffy little package that also comes in black and silver or even solid black, without white markings.

Miniature Schnauzer Personality: Pulling equally from his delightful ancestry, the Miniature Schnauzer is animated but calmly mannered, good with children, small animals, and other dogs. He is as mentally quick as he is physically agile and fits well with a busy family or when given a job to do.

Exercise Requirements: Suited for country or city life, he does best with daily outdoor exercise. A fenced yard will do but Miniature Schnauzers enjoy a good romp in the field or a brisk walk in the neighborhood. Adequate mental and physical stimulation prevents development of annoying nervous habits such as chewing or licking.

Health Concerns: The Miniature Schnauzer has few health problems other than a tendency to weight gain which may lead to pancreatitis. Keeping your Schnauzer on a high protein, low fat diet is advisable. Eye problems such as PRA or juvenile cataracts can occur and like all breeds, he may develop skin problems from poor diet or exposure to environmental allergens. The Miniature Schnauzer is long-lived and healthy if maintained on a good natural diet, with minimal medications.

More Miniature Schnauzer photos, puppy pictures, and the Official Miniature Schnauzer Breed Standard
Miniature Schnauzer AKC Standard
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