The Schnauzer was developed in Germany in the 15th or 16 centuries and was used mainly as a rat catcher.
The name Schnauzer comes from the German word 'Schnauze' which means 'snout'. The name was giver due to its bearded snout.
The Giant Schnauzer was developed in Swabia in the south west of Germany and is nearly twice the size as the Miniature. The Giant was the result of cross-breeding a number of dogs such as Doberman, Rottweiler, German Shepherds, Great Danes and Boxers.
As a pet the Miniature is a very happy and energetic dog. The breed is susceptible to being over fed and gaining a lot of weight so a lot of exercise is necessary.
The Miniature is prone to liver disease, kidney stones, diabetes, skin disorders and cysts.