The miniature schnauzer was bred down from the standard schnauzer and recognized as a distinct breed in 1899. They were originally bred for hunting small rodents on the farms. Now, they make a very loyal dog for families and their smaller size make them ideal for apartments and smaller homes. Their double coat does not shed very much, but does require daily brushing to keep it from matting. The show cut grooming leaves a skirt, the hair long on the legs and whiskers intact, with a short cut over the body. The ears were cropped to give them a majestic look for show, but ear cropping is no longer necessary so they now have ears that fold over, making them look friendlier.
The standard Schnauzer is a little larger than the miniature schnauzer standing between 17½ to 19½ inches tall at the shoulder. They are naturally protective of their family and make great family pets. Their coat is the same as the miniature schnauzer in that it doesn’t shed much but does need daily brushing and trips to the groomer every 6 – 8 weeks.
The giant schnauzer was derived from the standard schnauzer as well. This breed originated from Wurttenberg and Bavaria sections of Germany, and were used to help herd cattle and stand guard in the breweries and bakeries. They are taller than the standard schnauzer standing 23½ to 27½ inches tall at the shoulder. They do require more exercise and because they are larger, they have more hair that needs brushing.
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