Published: November 21, 2000 (V. Stephens)
American Kennel Club - quoted from the breed Standard of Perfection aka Written Standard adhered to by the American Miniature Schnauzer Club. The Miniature Schnauzer is a robust, active dog of terrier type, resembling his larger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer, in general appearance, and of an alert, active disposition.
Faults: Type: Toyishness, ranginess or coarseness.Disqualifications: Dogs or bitches under 12 inches or over 14 inches. Color solid white or white striping, patching, or spotting on the colored areas of the dog, except for the small white spot permitted on the chest of the black.
Faults: Type Toyishness, raciness, or coarseness.Disqualifications: Dogs or bitches under 12 inches. (30 cm) or over 14 inches (36 cm). Colour solid white or white patches on the body.An interesting side note: there are other faults, but no other disqualificationsADDENDUM (May 13, 2001)There are three “recognized and registerable” sizes of Schnauzers. These are:The “Giant” Schnauzer:The Giant Schnauzer is a robust, more heavy-set than a slender dog, square in build He should resemble a larger and more powerful version of the Standard Schnauzer.
SizeHeight at the withers for males is 25½½ - 27½½ inches (65-7o cm); for females 23½½ - 25½½ inches (60-65 cm), mediums preferred. Size alone should never take precedence over type, balance, soundness, and proper temperament it should be noted that too small dogs generally lack the power and too large dogs the agility and maneuverability desired in a working dog.The “Standard” SchnauzerThe Standard Schnauzer is a robust, square, compact working dog with good muscle and plenty of bone. A member of the Pinscher family, its rugged build and hard dense coat is accentuated by distinguished eyebrows and full moustache and beard.
Size:At the withers from 18-20 inches (45-51cm) for adult males and from 17-19 inches (43-48cm) for adult females.The “Miniature Schnauzer”General appearance: The Miniature Schnauzer is a robust, active dog of terrier type, resembling his larger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer, in general appearance, and of alert, active disposition. He is sturdily built, nearly square in proportion of body length of height, with plenty of bone, and without any suggestion of toyishness. Faults: Type Toyishness, raciness, or coarseness.
Size:From 12-14 inches or 30-36 cm.Please note:ALL three recognized and registerable sizes of Schnauzers are listed above. There are NO other registerable sizes.If you have been sold a Schnauzer purported to be a “TOY” you have been mislead and as such have recourse through proper legal channels. Check your Canadian Kennel Club or American Kennel Club registration papers. Does it say: Miniature Schnauzer or Toy Schnauzer?Further, the use of the words “Toy Miniature Schnauzer” is grammatically incorrect. Use of one word makes the other redundant.