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Miniature Schnauzer – A Special Dog Breed

Why yes, I own a miniature schnauzer a special dog breed! Why do you ask? They are brave and loyal pets and a delight to be around. They are usually very friendly with strangers.  However, they sometimes like to protect their territory and their friends.  They are great watchdogs and mine always bark with gusto when the doorbell rings.

The miniature schnauzer  developed from a cross between the standard schnauzer and the affenpinscher.  There might even be a little poodle thrown in the mix.  They originated in Germany because “schnauze” is German for “snout.”  Many years ago, one of my cousins had an above average size nose.  His father penned the nickname “snout”  on him.

Over the years, I have had the good fortune to call six miniature schnauzers my friends family members.   They all had some of the same personality traits but each was unique.  They were all loyal,  obedient (usually), and easily trained.  However, they were all individuals with their own special qualities.

In 2020, the miniature schnauzer was listed as the 18th most popular breed in the United States by the American Kennel Club.  Why they aren’t first is a mystery to me!