The Miniature Schnauzer was seen as early as the late 1800s, when it was bred in Germany to be a small farm dog. It is derived from the Standard Schnauzer and was bred with smaller dogs like Poodles and Affenpinschers to create a miniaturized version of the Standard Schnauzer. In Germany and its surrounding countries, the Miniature Schnauzer was kept on farms to rid the land of vermin.
The Miniature Schnauzer came to the United States in the 1920s and has been enjoying popularity here ever since. This boisterous breed is happy and playful, making a good addition to families with children, provided the interactions are supervised. The Miniature Schnauzer makes a particularly good watch dog due to its alert, attentive demeanor and its ability to give vocal notification of an approaching stranger without hesitation. While the Miniature Schnauzer sheds little, it does need regular grooming and clipping to maintain its characteristic bearded look.
Although they are very alert and attentive, Miniature Schnauzers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Miniature Schnauzers are prone to include liver conditions such as portosystemic shunts; heart problems such as sick sinus syndrome; metabolic conditions such as diabetes mellitus; lipid disorders such as hyperlipidemia; urinary problems such as urolithiasis; and eye conditions such as cataracts.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Miniature Schnauzer’s heart skips a beat, you’re covered.