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Miniature Schnauzer


Country of origin:

Domestic dog

Black, black and silver, white, „salt and pepper“

Calm, friendly, intelligent, alert, watchful, persistent, fearless, obedient

30-36 cm

6-7 kg

13-14 years

Other names: 
Miniature Schnauzer, Miniature Schnauzer, Zwergschnauzer


Litter size: 
From 3-8 puppes

Zwergschnauzers are small but very active dogs. The breed can sometimes be stubborn or even cheeky, so socialisation and training is essential at an early age. A well-trained Cvergschnauzer is a truly wonderful companion, happy to interact with children and dogs. If the owner motivates the cvergschnauzer properly, the dog can learn not only general obedience commands but also various tricks. These pets are usually quiet, but if they hear someone entering their territory, they will be sure to bark. These dogs are sometimes called miniature schnauzers.

History of the breed

The Zwergschnauzer – is a dog breed that originated in Germany. „Zwerg“ translates to „dwarf“ and „Schnauze“ – „snout“. This is a rather old breed of dog that has been around for centuries. In ancient times, the breed was highly valued for its guarding and hunting skills (it used to catch rats). The first similar dogs are depicted in 15th century paintings and sculptures. It is thought that the Cvergschnauzer breed was developed by crossing Mittelschnauzers with Affenpinscher and other small dogs. The first record of a Tsvergschnauzer appeared in 1888, and the dogs were first exhibited in 1899. The breed became most popular at the beginning of the 20th century, when they were also known as Dwarf Rough-Haired Pinschers. The American Kennel Club registered the breed in 1926 (the first Cavers were introduced to the USA in 1924). In 2008, the American Caversnauzer was ranked 11th on the list of the most popular dogs in America.

Cvergchschnauzer: appearance

The Cvergschnauzer is a small, square-shaped dog. The breed typically stands between 30 and 36 cm tall and weighs between 6 and 7 kg (females are shorter and smaller than males). The head is rectangular in shape, with a shaggy beard, moustache and eyebrows for expression. The eyes are oval in shape and dark in colour. Ears are triangular in shape, with a natural forward inclination (not cropped in European Union countries). Scissor bite. Neck strong and muscular, slightly curved. Chest broad and deep. Forelegs straight and strong, paws small and rounded. Tail of medium length, not shortened in EU countries. The coat of the Zwehr Schnauzer is double-coated – the outer layer is rough and the undercoat is soft and fine. Allowed colours: black, black and silver, white, „salt and pepper“. The colour of the coat of the Tsvergschnauzer becomes lighter with age. The coat of the show cavies is shorn, leaving longer hair only on the ears, legs, muzzle and belly.

Cvergschnauzer: character

The Cvergschnauzer is charming in that it always tries to please its owner. For this reason, it is relatively easy to train a Tsvergschnauzer and they quickly learn what is expected of them. It is important that the owner finds the right motivation methods, otherwise the cvergschnauzer may pretend that he simply does not hear the commands. Although small in stature, the breed is very brave and always willing to defend its territory. The hunting instinct of the Cvergschnauzer is very strong, so they can only be bred with larger animals, and never with birds, rodents or reptiles.

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