OFFICIAL STANDARD OF THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER
Approved July 10, 2012 Effective September 04, 2012
G eneral Appearance: The Miniature Schnauzer is a robust, active dog of terrier type, resembling his larger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer, in gen- eral appearance, and of an alert, active disposition. Faults—Type, Toyishness, ranginess or coarseness. Size, Proportion, Substance: Size— From 12" to 14". He is sturdily built, nearly square in proportion of body length to height with plenty of bone, and without any suggestion of toyish- ness. Disqualifications—Dogs or bitch- es under 12" or over 14". Head: Eyes—Small, dark brown and deep-set. They are oval in appearance and keen in expression. Faults—Eyes light and/or large and prominent in appearance. Ears—When cropped, the ears are identical in shape and length, with pointed tips. They are in balance with the head and not exaggerated in length. They are set high on the skull and carried perpendicularly at the inner edges, with as little bell as possible along the outer edges. When uncropped, the ears are small and V-shaped, folding close to the skull. Head—strong and rectangular, its width diminishing slight- ly from ears to eyes, and again to the tip of the nose. The forehead is unwrinkled. The top skull is flat and fairly long. The foreface is parallel to the top skull, with a slight stop, and it is at least as long as the top skull. The muzzle is strong in proportion to the skull; it ends in a mod- erately blunt manner, with thick whis- kers which accentuate the rectangular shape of the head. Faults—Head coarse and cheeky. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. That is, the upper front teeth over- lap the lower front teeth in such a man- ner that the inner surface of the upper incisors barely touches the outer surface of the lower incisors when the mouth is closed. Faults—Bite; undershot or over- shot jaw. Level bite. Neck, Topline, Body: Neck—Strong and well arched, blending into the shoulders, and with the skin fitting tightly at the throat. Body—Short and deep, with the brisket extending at least to the elbows. Ribs are well sprung
and deep, extending well back to a short loin. The underbody does not present a tucked up appearance at the flank. The backline is straight; it declines slightly from the withers to the base of the tail. The withers form the highest point of the body. The overall length from chest to buttock appears to equal the height at the withers. Faults—Chest too broad or shallow in brisket. Hollow or roach back. Tail—Set high and carried erect. It is docked only long enough to be clearly visible over the backline of the body when the dog is in proper length of coat. A properly presented Miniature Schnauzer will have a docked tail as described; all others should be severely penalized. Fault—Tail set too low. Forequarters: Forelegs are straight and parallel when viewed from all sides. They have strong pasterns and good bone. They are separated by a fairly deep brisket which precludes a pinched front. The elbows are close, and the ribs spread gradually from the first rib so as to allow space for the elbows to move close to the body. Fault—Loose elbows. The sloping shoulders are muscled, yet flat and clean. They are well laid back, so that from the side the tips of the shoulder blades are in a nearly ver- tical line above the elbow. The tips of the blades are placed closely together. They slope forward and downward at an angulation which permits the maxi- mum forward extension of the forelegs without binding or effort. Both the shoulder blades and upper arms are long, permitting depth of chest at the brisket. Feet short and round (cat feet) with thick, black pads. The toes are arched and compact. Hindquarters: The hindquarters have strong-muscled, slanting thighs. They are well bent at the stifles. There is sufficient angulation so that, in stance, the hocks extend beyond the tail. The hindquarters never appear overbuilt or higher than the shoulders. The rear pas- terns are short and, in stance, perpen- dicular to the ground and, when viewed from the rear, are parallel to each other. Faults—Sickle hocks, cow hocks, open hocks or bowed hindquarters.
Coat: Double, with hard, wiry, outer coat and close undercoat. The head, neck, ears, chest, tail, and body coat must be plucked. When in show condition, the body coat should be of sufficient length to determine texture. Close covering on neck, ears and skull. Furnishings are fairly thick but not silky. Faults—Coat too soft or too smooth and slick in appearance. Color: Allowed colors: salt and pep- per, black and silver and solid black. All colors have uniform skin pigmentation, i.e. no white or pink skin patches shall appear anywhere on the dog and the nose must be solid black. Salt and Pep- per—The typical salt and pepper color of the topcoat results from the combi- nation of black and white banded hairs and solid black and white unbanded hairs, with the banded hairs predomi- nating. Acceptable are all shades of salt and pepper, from the light to dark mix- tures with tan shadings permissible in the banded or unbanded hair of the top- coat. In salt and pepper dogs, the salt and pepper mixture fades out to light gray or silver white in the eyebrows, whiskers, cheeks, under throat, inside ears, across chest, under tail, leg fur- nishings, and inside hind legs. It may or may not also fade out on the underbody. However, if so, the lighter underbody hair is not to rise higher on the sides of the body than the front elbows. Black and Silver—The black and silver gener- ally follows the same pattern as the salt and pepper. The entire salt and pepper section must be black. The black color in the topcoat of the black and silver is a true rich color with black undercoat. The stripped portion is free from any fading or brown tinge and the under- body should be dark. Black—Black is the only solid color allowed. Ideally, the black color in the topcoat is a true rich glossy color with the undercoat being less intense, a soft matting shade of black. This is natural and should not be penalized in any way. The stripped por- tion is free from any fading or brown tinge. The scissored and clippered areas have lighter shades of black. A small white spot on the chest is permitted,
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