Small, strong, stocky rather
than slim, rough coated, elegant. A reduced image of the
Schnauzer without the drawback of a dwarfed appearance.
Square build in which the height at
the withers is nearly equal to the body length.
- The length of the head (measured from the tip of the nose
to the occiput) corresponds to half the length of the topline
(measured from the withers to the set on of the tail).
nature is similar to that of the Schnauzer and is determined
by the temperament and the behaviour of a small dog. Intelligence,
fearlessness, endurance and alertness make the Miniature Schnauzer
an agreeable house dog as well as a watch and companion dog
which can be kept even in a small appartment without problems.
Skull : Strong, long without markedly
protruding occiput. The head should be in keeping with
the dog’s force. The forehead is flat, without wrinkles
and parallel to the bridge of nose.
Stop: Appears well defined due to the
Nose : Well developed nose leather, always
Muzzle : Ending in a blunt wedge. Bridge
of nose straight.
Lips : Black, smoot and tight-fitting
to the jaws. Corners of lips closed.
Jaws/Teeth : Strong upper and lower jaw.
The complete scissor bite (42 pure white teeth according
to the dentition formula), is strongly developed and firmly
closing. The chewing muscles are strongly developed but
the cheeks must not interfere with the reactangular shape
of the head (with the beard).
Eyes: Medium sized, oval, facing foreward,
dark with lively expression. Eyelids close fitting.
Ears : Drop ears, set high, V-shaped
with inner edges lying close to the cheeks, evenly carried
, turned forward towards temples. Folds parallel, should
not be above the top of the skull..
strong, muscular neck is nobly arched, blending smoothly
into the withers.
Strongly set on, slim, nobly curved, corresponding to the
dog’s force. Throat skin tight-fitting without folds.
Topline : Slightly sloping from withers
Withers: Forming the highest point in topline.
Back: Strong, short and taut.
Loins : Short, strong and deep. The distance
from the last rib to the hip is short to make the dog appear
Croup : Slightly rounded and imperceptibly
blending into tail set on.
Chest : Moderately broad, oval in diameter,
reaching to the elbows. The forechest is distinctly marked
by the point of the sternum.
Underline and belly : Flanks not too tucked
up, forming a well curved line with the underside of the
: Seen from the front, the front legs are strong,
straight and not close together. Seen from the side, the forearms
Shoulders: The shoulder blade lies close
against the rib cage and is well muscled on both sides of
the shoulder bone, protruding over the points of the thoracic
vertebrae. As sloping as possible and well laid back, forming
an angle of appr. 50° to the horizontal.
Upper arm: Lying close to the body, strong
and well muscled, forming an angle of 95° to 105°
to the shoulder blade.
Elbows: Close fitting, turning neither in
Forearm : Viewed from all sides, completely
straight, strongly developed and well muscled.
Carpal joint: Strong, firm, barely standing
out against the structure of the forearm.
Pastern : Seen from the front, vertical.
Seen from the side slightly sloping towards the ground, strong
and slightly springy.
Forefeet : Short and round. Toes well-knit
and arched (cat foot) with short dark nails and resistant
HINDQUARTERS : Standing obliquely when
seen from the side, standing parallel but not close together
when seen from the rear.
Upper thigh : Moderately long, broad and
Stifle :Turning neither in nor out.
Lower thigh : Long, strong and sinewy,
running into a strong hock.
Hock : Very well angulated, strong, firm,
turning neither in nor out.
Metatarsus : Short, vertical to the ground.
Hind feet : Toes short, arched and well-knit.
Nails short and black.
elegant, agile, free and ground covering. The forelegs swinging
as far forward as possible, the hind legs, ground covering
and springy, provide the necessary drive. The front leg of
one side and the hind leg of the other side move forward at
the same time. The back, the ligaments and the joints are
fitting over the whole body.
: The coat should be wiry, harsh and dense. It
consists of a dense undercoat and a not too short top coat,
lying close to the body. The top coat is rough and sufficiently
long to allow the checking of its texture; it is neither
bristly nor wavy. The hair on the limbs tends to be less
harsh. Coat short on forehead and ears. Typical characteristics
are the not too soft beard on the muzzle and the bushy eyebrows
which slightly shade the eyes.
- Pure black with black undercoat.
- Pepper and Salt.
- Pure white with white undercoat.
When breeding Pepper and Salt, the aim is a medium shading
with evenly distributed, well pigmented, pepper colouring
and grey undercoat. The shades from dark iron grey to
silver grey are all permitted. In all colour variations
there must be a dark mask, which should adapt harmoniously
to the respective colour. Distinct light markings on head,
chest and limbs are undesirable.
For the Black/Silver colour, the aim in breeding is a
black top coat with black undercoat, white markings over
the eyes, on the cheeks, at the beard, at the throat,
in two divided triangles at the front of the chest, on
the front pasterns, on the feet, on the inside of the
hind legs and around the anus. The forehead, the neck
and the outer sides of the ears should be black like the
at withers Dogs and bitches between 30 and 35 cm.
Weight Dogs and bitches approximately 4.5
to 7 kg.
departure from the foregoing points should be considered
a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should
be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
- Heavy or round skull.
- Wrinkles on forehead.
- Short, pointed or narrow muzzle.
- Pincer bite.
- Strongly protruding cheeks or cheekbones.
- Light, too large or round eyes.
- Low set, too long or unevenly carried ears.
- Dewlap, narrow crest or neck.
- Too long, tucked up or soft back.
- Roach back.
- Croup falling away.
· Tail set inclined towards head.
- Long feet.
- Pacing movement.
- Too short, too long, soft, wavy, shaggy, silky coat.
- Brown undercoat.
- A black trace on the back or a black saddle.
- In Black/Silver not clearly separated triangles on the
- Over- or undersize up to 1 cm.
SERIOUS FAULTS :
- Clumsy or light build. Too low or too high on leg.
- Inverse sexual type (e.g. doggy bitch).
- Elbows turning out.
- Straight or open hocked hindlegs.
- Lower thigh too long.
- Hocks turning inwards.
- Rear pastern too short.
- White or spotted coat in black or pepper and salt dogs.
- Patchy coat in the colours black/silver and white.
- Over- or undersize by more than 1 cm but less than 2 cm.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
- Shy, aggressive, vicious, exaggeratedly suspicious or
- Malformation of any kind.
- Lack of breed type.
- Faulty mouth, such as over- or undershot or wry mouth.
- Severe faults in individual parts, such as faults in construction,
coat and colour.
- Over- or undersize by more than 2 cm.
Any dog clearly showing physical or
behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified
Male animals should have two apparently
normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.