Miniature Schnauzer History
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small, active dog breed that was developed in Germany in the late 19th century. It is believed to have originated from crosses between Standard Schnauzers, Affenpinschers and Poodles. The Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred to be a farm dog that would hunt vermin and guard his home or farmstead. With the rise of pet ownership in Europe during the Victorian era, the Miniature Schnauzer became popular as a companion-type pet and show dog. During World War I, military personnel who served in the trenches often brought these dogs back with them to Britain, France and other countries in Europe after seeing them used by German troops as ratters and mascot dogs. In 1926, American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition of this breed established it firmly among desirable family pets, although they continue to maintain their heritage as working/herding/guarding dogs today. Thusly devoted mini schnauzer fanciers can boast of having one of oldest breeds among their favorite family pets which still retain some of its original “work” duties regarding home protection within certain families even today!
Miniature Schnauzer Characteristics