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FCI Standard N ° 183 / 18.04.2007.
D Zwergschnauzer / Miniature Schnauzer Country of origin: Germany
Date of issuance of the original valid standard: 06.03.2007. Usage: house dog and companion dog
Classification FCI: Group II - Pinscher and Schnauzer, Molossian and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer type. Without working trial.

Between 19 the 20th century a dwarf Schnauzer from the Frankfurt / Main area went on his way, then still described as a wire-haired Zwergpinscher (Miniature Pinscher). Because of different shapes, sizes and types and the muddle of harsh, soft and silky coat textures, it was no easy task to develop a small dog with the appear¬ance and the characteristic qualities of his bigger brother - Schnauzer.
Small, strong, stocky rather than slim, rough coated, elegantan.
Picture shows Schnauzer with no nanism defects.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Squares material, the height at the withers is nearly equal to the length of the body. Head length (measured from tip of nose to the occiput) corresponds to half the length of the line (measured from the withers to root of the tail).
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: His nature is similar to the Schnauzer and is determined by the temperament and behavior 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 without any problems even in small flats



Skull: Strong, long, not very promi­nent occipital bone. The head should be proportionate with the dog. The forehead is flat without wrinkles and parallel to the bridge of nose.
Stop: Well defined brows.
Nose: Nose well developed, always black. Muzzle: Ending in a blunt wedge. Bridge of nose straight. Lips: Black, smooth and well fitting to the jaws. Corners of lips closed. Teeth: Strong upper and lower jaws. The complete scissor bite (42 pure white teeth according to the dentition formula), is strongly developed and firmly closing. The chewing muscles are well devel­oped, but do not spoil the shape of the head (with the beard).
Eyes: Medium sized, oval, facing foreward, dark with lively expres­sion. Tight-fitting lids.
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 worn over the top of the skull.
Neck: Strong, muscular neck is nobly arched, blending smoothly into the withers without any marked set on. Strongly set on, slim, nobly curved, corresponding to the dog. The skin is tight-fitting, with­out folds.

TOPLINE: Slightly sloping from withers towards rear. Withers: Forming the highest point in topline. Back: Strong, short and solid.
Loins: Short, strong and deep. The distance from last rib to hip is short to make a dog appear compact. Croup: Slightly rounded and imper­ceptibly blending into tail.
Chest Moderately broad, oval in diameter, reaching to the elbows. The forechest is distinctly marked by the tip of the sternum.
Underline and belly: Flanks not too tucked up, forming a well curved line with the underside of the rib­cage.
Tail: Not shortened. Naturally worn.

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Front legs: Seen from the front legs are strong, straight and not too close. Seen from the side, the fore¬arms are straight.
Shoulders: The shoulder blade lies close against the chest and well muscled on both sides of the shoul¬der bone, protruding over the tho¬racic vertebrae. As sloping as possi¬ble and well laid back, forming an angle of approximately 50 ° to the horizontal.
Upper arm: Lying close to the body, strong and muscled, forming an angle of 95 ° to 105 ° to the shoul¬der blade.
Elbows: Close fitting, turned neither in nor out.
Forearms: Viewed from all sides,
completely straight, strongly devel¬oped and well muscled.
Carpal joint: Strong, firm, slightly differs from the structure of the forearm.
Pastern: Seen from the vertical. Viewed from the side, slightly slop¬ing towards the ground, strong and supple.
Front feet: Short and round. Toes well-knit and arched (cat foot) with short dark nails and resistant pads. Hindquarters: Standing obliquely when seen from the side, standing parallel but not too close when look¬ing back.
Upper thigh: Moderately long,
broad and strongly muscled.
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 outward nor inward.
Hock: Short, vertical to the ground. Hind feet: Toes short, arched and well-knit (cat foot). Nails short and black.


Flexible, elegant, agile, free and ground covering. The forelegs swinging as far forward as possible, fitting last leg to the ground and strongly pushed the body provide the necessary speed. The front leg of one side, and rear leg on the other side move forward at the same time. The back is straight, the ligaments and joints are stable. SKIN: The whole body tightly
HAIR: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 long enough to check the texture, nor bristly nor wavy. The hair on the legs is gener¬ally less severe. The hair on the forehead and ears. Typical charac¬teristics are not too soft beard on the muzzle and bush eyebrows which slightly shade the eyes. COLOR: Pure black with black undercoat,- Pepper and Salt- Black and Silver- Pure white with white undercoatWhen breeding Pepper and Salt, the aim is a medium shad¬ing with evenly distributed, well pig¬mented, pepper coloring and gray undercoat. The shades from dark iron gray to silver gray are all per¬mitted. In all color variations there must be a dark mask, which should blend harmoniously with the basic color. Distinct light markings on head, chest and limbs are undesir¬
able.For black and silver color, the goal of breeding a black coat with black undercoat, white markings over eyes, cheeks, the chin, throat, in front of the chest in two divided triangles at the front of the pas¬terns, the paws, on the inside hind legs and around the anal opening. The forehead, neck and outer parts of the ears should be black.
SIZE AND WEIGHT: Height of males and females between 30 and 35 cm, weight 4-8 kg.

ERRORS: Any departure from the foregoing is considered a fault and the seriousness with which to treat it should be in proportion to its degree.
Easier errors:
• Heavy or round skull
• Wrinkles on the forehead
• Short, pointed or narrow muzzle
• Pincer bite
• Strongly protruding cheeks or cheekbones
• Bright, large or round eyes
• Low set, too long or unevenly car¬ried ears
• The folds of skin on the neck
• Shallow, sloping chest or neck
• Too long, erect or soft back
• Saddleback
• Roach back
• A declining rump
• Long feet
• Pacing gait
• Too short, too long, soft, wavy, shaggy and silky hair
• Brown undercoat

• Black mark on the back or black saddle with Pepper-Salt
• The black and silver dogs clearly separated triangles on the chest
• Over-or under 1 cm from the stan-dard prescribed heightToo
• low or too high on leg. Too low or too high on the legs
• Lack of sexual type (eg, masculine female)
• Elbows turning out
• Straight or" 0" the last leg
• shank is too long
• Hocks turned inward
• Rear pastern too short
• White or spotted coat in black coat and pepper-salt dogs
•" patched" fur with black and silver and white dogs
• Over-or undersize by more than 1 but less than 2 cm from the stan¬dard prescribed height. Disqualifying:
• Malformation of any kind
• Lack of breed
• Errors in bite - undershot, over¬shot, or wry mouth
• Serious errors in some places, such as faults in structure, coat and color
• Over-or under 2 cm from the stan-dard prescribed height
• Shy, aggressive, vicious, too suspi-cious or nervous behavior
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.