Miniature Schnauzers make wonderful family pets! They are playful, protective, loyal and intelligent. Petite in size, they adapt easily to smaller homes or apartment living, as well as traveling with you in the car.
My oldest dog, Scooter, is a solid white miniature schnauzer; however, though registered with the AKC, his coloring is considered a disqualification of the breed. The coat of the white miniature schnauzer is caused by recessive genes which are passed along to the pup by its parents. In earlier days of the breed’s existence, white miniature schnauzers were often euthanized due to their color alone. To this day, the AKC considers “solid whites” not to be a good specimen of the breed, and while certainly not considered a “bad” dog, this color defect will prevent white miniature schnauzers from being allowed to compete in any of their (AKC) conformation events. This is very unfortunate, for many owners and appreciators of white miniature schnauzers will tell you how absolutely beautiful they are and just as distinctive as their recognized counterparts.
Often times, a white miniature schnauzer that is not groomed with a traditional schnauzer cut, may be mistaken for a west highland terrier. However, just take a look at the legs on both animals, and you’ll quickly notice that the schnauzer has a much longer and leaner look.
White miniature schnauzers may be more prone to sunburn, age spots and skin disorders due to their coloring, but there are many products available to help protect your pet from these dangers. Talk to your groomer or veterinarian for recommendations on the best products to use.
Everywhere I take Scooter, I receive wonderful comments on his uniqueness and handsome appearance. I believe he must understand these compliments, for he always stands proudly with his hind legs stretched, back perfectly straight, chest puffed out and chin up, showing his dramatically pointed goatee.
Schnauzers were originally bred in Germany to hunt vermin. This instinct vividly remains within their character, so take extra precaution to secure your pet during walks. Have them on a leash at all times, and monitor them closely when loose within a fenced area. While they can be trained to obey and heed your commands, most miniature schnauzers have a short attention span and will act as though they cannot hear you when called – especially if it’s drawing them away from another point of interest, such as a waving blade of grass or chirping bird.
Personally owning a white miniature schnauzer has been a wonderful experience for me. It’s also much easier to locate miniature whites from breeders today, than it has been in the past. There are even breeders who specifically focus on white miniature schnauzers, and improving their race within the breed.
To find out more about white miniature schnauzers, you can participate in a variety of on-line interest groups or join social communities such as MySpace.com where people from around the globe unite to share their common interests.
In the future, it is my hope that the white miniature schnauzer will become a fully recognized and legitimate variation of the breed; but until then, proud owners like me will continue touting the amazing qualities of their pets to all who’ll listen. If you are in the market for a new pet, I encourage you to consider the amicable and handsome white miniature schnauzer.