FCI Standard N° 183 / 18.04.2007/ GB
Mrs C. Seidler.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL
VALID STANDARD: 06.03.07.
House and Companion Dog
CLASSIFICATION FCI :
Group 2 Pinscher
and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds.
Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer type.
Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY
: Around the turn of the century a dwarf Schnauzer from the Frankfurt/Main area went on his way, then still described as a
rough haired Zwergpinscher (Miniature Pinscher). Due to the different shapes, sizes and types and the muddle of harsh, soft
and silky coat textures, it was no easy task to evolve a small dog with the appearance and the characteristic qualities of
his bigger brother, the Schnauzer.
: Small, strong, stocky rather than slim, rough coated, elegant. A reduced image of the Schnauzer without the drawback of
a dwarfed appearance.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
· Square build
in which the height at the withers is nearly equal to the body length.
· The length of
the head (measured from the tip of the nose to the occiput) corresponds to half the length of the topline (measured from the
withers to the set on of the tail).
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT : His nature is similar to that of the Schnauzer and is determined
by the temperament and the behaviour 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 even in a small appartment without problems.
: Strong, long without markedly protruding occiput. The head should be in keeping with the dog’s force. The forehead
is flat, without wrinkles and parallel to the bridge of nose.
Appears well defined due to the brows
: Well developed nose leather, always black.
: Ending in a blunt wedge. Bridge of nose straight.
: Black, smoot and tight-fitting to the jaws. Corners of lips closed.
: Strong upper and lower jaw. The complete scissor bite (42 pure white teeth
according to the dentition formula), is strongly developed and firmly closing. The chewing muscles are strongly developed
but the cheeks must not interfere with the reactangular shape of the head (with the beard).
Medium sized, oval, facing foreward, dark with lively expression. Eyelids close fitting.
: 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 above the top of the skull..
NECK : The strong, muscular neck is nobly arched, blending smoothly into the withers.
Strongly set on, slim, nobly curved, corresponding
to the dog’s force. Throat skin tight-fitting without folds.
Topline : Slightly sloping from withers towards rear.
Forming the highest point in topline.
Strong, short and taut.
: Short, strong and deep. The distance from the last rib to the hip is short to make the dog appear compact.
: Slightly rounded and imperceptibly blending into tail set on.
: Moderately broad, oval in diameter, reaching to the elbows. The forechest is
distinctly marked by the point of the sternum.
belly : Flanks not too tucked up, forming a well curved line with the underside of the ribcage.
: Natural; a sabre or sickle carriage is sought after.
: Seen from the front, the front legs are strong, straight and not close together. Seen from the side, the forearms are straight.
The shoulder blade lies close against the rib cage and is well muscled on both
sides of the shoulder bone, protruding over the points of the thoracic vertebrae. As sloping as possible and well laid back,
forming an angle of appr. 50° to the horizontal.
Lying close to the body, strong and well muscled, forming an angle of 95° to
105° to the shoulder blade.
Elbows: Close fitting, turning neither in nor out.
: Viewed from all sides, completely straight, strongly developed and well muscled.
Strong, firm, barely standing out against the structure of the forearm.
: Seen from the front, vertical. Seen from the side slightly sloping towards the ground, strong and slightly springy.
: Short and round. Toes well-knit and arched (cat foot) with short dark nails and resistant pads.
: Standing obliquely when seen from the side, standing parallel but not close together when seen from the rear.
: Moderately long, broad and strongly muscled.
neither in nor out.
: Long, strong and sinewy, running into a strong hock.
: Very well angulated, strong, firm, turning neither in nor out.
: Short, vertical to the ground.
: Toes short, arched and well-knit. Nails short and black.
Flexible, elegant, agile, free and ground covering. The forelegs swinging as far forward as possible, the hind legs, ground
covering and springy, provide the necessary drive. The front leg of one side and the hind leg of the other side move forward
at the same time. The back, the ligaments and the joints are firm.
Tight fitting over the whole body.
: 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 sufficiently long to allow the checking of its texture; it is neither bristly nor wavy. The hair on the limbs tends to be less harsh.
Coat short on forehead and ears. Typical characteristics are the not too soft beard on the muzzle and the bushy eyebrows which
slightly shade the eyes.
· Pure black with
· Pepper and Salt.
· Pure white with
Pepper and Salt, the aim is a medium shading with evenly distributed, well pigmented, pepper colouring and grey undercoat.
The shades from dark iron grey to silver grey are all permitted. In all colour variations there must be a dark mask, which
should adapt harmoniously to the respective colour. Distinct light markings on
head, chest and limbs are undesirable.
For the Black/Silver
colour, the aim in breeding is a black top coat with black undercoat, white markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, at the
beard, at the throat, in two divided triangles at the front of the chest, on the front pasterns, on the feet, on the inside
of the hind legs and around the anus. The forehead, the neck and the outer sides of the ears should be black like the top
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Height at withers Dogs and bitches between 30 and 35 cm.
Dogs and bitches approximately 4 to 8 kg.
FAULTS : Any departure
from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should
be in exact proportion to its degree.
· Heavy or round
· Wrinkles on
· Short, pointed
or narrow muzzle.
· Pincer bite.
· Strongly protruding
cheeks or cheekbones.
· Light, too large
or round eyes.
· Low set, too
long or unevenly carried ears.
· Dewlap, narrow
crest or neck.
· Too long, tucked
up or soft back.
· Roach back.
· Croup falling
· Tail set inclined
· Long feet.
· Pacing movement.
· Too short, too
long, soft, wavy, shaggy, silky coat.
· Brown undercoat.
· A black trace
on the back or a black saddle.
· In Black/Silver
not clearly separated triangles on the chest.
· Over- or undersize
up to 1 cm.
· Clumsy or light
build. Too low or too high on leg.
· Inverse sexual
type (e.g. doggy bitch).
· Elbows turning
· Straight or
open hocked hindlegs.
· Lower thigh
· Hocks turning
· Rear pastern
· White or spotted
coat in black or pepper and salt dogs.
· Patchy coat
in the colours black/silver and white.
· Over- or undersize
by more than 1 cm but less than 2 cm.
· Shy, aggressive,
vicious, exaggeratedly suspicious or nervous behaviour.
of any kind.
· Lack of breed
· Faulty mouth,
such as over- or undershot or wry mouth.
· Severe faults
in individual parts, such as faults in construction, coat and colour.
· Over- or undersize
by more than 2 cm.
Any dog clearly showing physical
or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified
NB : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.