Beware- Toy Schnauzers and exotic colours
Over the last little while a trend of offering toy sized Schnauzers
and exotic coloured Schnauzers has emerged.
Neither trend is beneficial to the breed and in many cases people are
being duped into thinking that they are purchasing a pure bred dog when this is
actually not the case.
Schnauzers come in three sizes only. Giant, Standard, and
Miniature. Miniature Schnauzers should
be between 12-14 inches at the withers (point of shoulder). Although it is not uncommon for dogs to be
produced on occasion who are smaller or larger than the ideal range, any
responsible and ethical breeder will be striving to produce dogs who are within
the breed standard and not smaller or larger whenever a litter is produced.
Toy Schnauzers are not a recognized breed or variety. A Toy Schnauzer is equivalent to a mutt. Toy Schnauzers result when unscrupulous
breeders choose dogs solely based on size.
Choosing breeding stock for size alone results in important health and
structural concerns being ignored which in turn results in unhealthy offspring
and congenital issues.
In North America there are 3 recognized colours only. Salt and Pepper, Black and Silver, and Black.
White, Blue Merle, or Partied coloured Schnauzers are not
recognized. A responsible and ethical breeder
in North America will only be producing dogs who are one of the three accepted
A White Schnauzer is an acceptable colour in most parts of
Europe, however as the colour is not recognized in North America very little
breeding stock of this colour has been imported. As a result the vast majority of White
Miniature Schnauzers you find in North America are actually cross bred with
another breed, most often a poodle in order to produce the colour. These dogs are marketed as rare but are
actually mutts. Breeding exclusively for
colour, similar to breeding exclusively for size results in health concerns
Blue Merle and Partied coloured:
There is no genetic marker found in Miniature Schnauzers to
produce Blue Merle or Partied colour Schnauzers. These colours are obtained by cross breeding
to another breed, again most often to a poodle.
There is no such thing as a pure bred Blue Merle Schnauzer or a pure bred
Partied coloured Schnauzer, these are mutts.
Breeding for these colours can result in serious health issues including
blindness and deafness. No responsible or
ethical breeder will ever produce dogs of these colours.
Buyer beware checklist:
Is the breeder offering toy Schnauzers?
Is the breeder advertising dogs who are not one of the 3
Is the breeder referring to the colours of the dogs they
have for sale as being “rare”?
Does the breeder advertise cross puppies such as Schnoodles
or Schnockers in addition to Miniature Schnauzers?
Does the breeder refuse to offer dogs with docked tails?
Does the breeder refuse to offer the option to have cropped ears?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions proceed
with extreme caution as you may be dealing with a back yard breeder or a puppy
A responsible and ethical breeder will never do any of the
things listed above. Please support
ethical and responsible breeders and not individuals looking to make a quick
buck. Buyer beware. The purpose of this guide is to educate and to help prospective puppy buyers make informed choices.