Many families or individuals are lucky enough to own a Miniature Schnauzer. Not only are they gorgeous little dogs, but they make great pets with their loving and affectionate nature. They have been in many places in the world in many different roles.
In the United Kingdom, the miniature Schnauzer is not listed as a terrier but as a utility group. They perform in a show called Crufts, which is an international Championship conformation show for dogs. The United Kennel Club sponsors and puts together this great event. According to the Guinness Book of Records, this is the largest annual dog show in the world. Although three are many different competitions and events in Crufts, the highest award for the dog and owner is the Best in Show award. Not just any dog can enter this competition. It is reserved for dogs that have won smaller competitions the previous year.
Many miniature Schnauzer owners love their dog so much that they own many pieces of Schnauzer related merchandise, and there is a lot available. Garbage cans, calendars, shirts, hats, posters and books are just a few of the items you can purchase in some of the online stores.
There have been many great Miniature Schnauzers since they came into the registry. One miniature Schnauzer who was a real pride to the breed was "Target", a salt and pepper Schnauzer born in 1980. He was listed as the #1 Miniature Schnauzer in 1982 as well as becoming the first Best in Show winner. Not only was he a winner in the show ring, but at stud as well. He was only at stud for 4 1/2 years, but he fathered 78 AKC Champions, a world record that was not to be beaten for 15 years. Females were sent to him from all over the world. He can still be found in the breeding lines of many Miniature Schnauzers.
I don't know how many people are aware of this, but originally the Schnauzer was bred to be a ratter to catch small vermin on the ground. Since then, owners have been trying to break them of this ingrained habit of chasing smaller animals! The Schnauzer, however, is brave enough to stand up to a dog twice his size and not back down. They will face down anything or anyone to protect their owner, regardless of the possible risk to themselves.
There is a condition called Schnauzer Bumps or schnauzer comedone syndrome where the schnauzer gets pus filled bumps on their back. This condition is inherited and there is no cure, but seems to get better in the summer when there is sunlight. Some helpful hints for this syndrome are bathing the dog regularly, giving them Vitamin E, using a dandruff shampoo and if it's from an allergy, changing dog foods. Many schnauzer owners are not aware of this condition.
The beauty of the Schnauzer has also been displayed in the work of many famous artists such as Rembrandt and Durer, ensuring it will remain popular and well known for many years to come.