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KC - Standard

Last updated September 2007 (The Kennel Club)
Origin: Germany
Classification: Utility Group

General Appearance: Sturdily built, robust, sinewy, nearly square, (length of body equal to height at shoulders). Expression keen and attitude alert. Correct conformation is of more importance than colour or other purely 'beauty' points.
Faults - Type, toyishness, raciness or coarseness, foreign expression

Characteristics: Well balanced, smart, stylish and adaptable. 
Faults - Over exaggeration, terrier-ish, cloddy or untyopical in type

Temperament: Alert, reliable and intelligent. Primarily a companion dog
Faults - Untypical temperament

nearly square in proportion of body length to height


Points of the Dog as shown on the Miniature Schnauzer


             01 - Nase
             02 - Muzzle; foreface
             03 - Stop
             04 - Eye
             05 - Skull; forehead
             06 - Cheek
             07 - Ear
             08 - Occiput
             09 - Throat
             10 - Neck
             11 - Shoulder
             12 - Point of Shoulder


             13 - Upper arm
             14 - Forearm
             15 - Knee
             16 - Front pastern
             17 - Foot; paw
             18 - Elbow
             19 - Ribs
             20 - Brisket
             21 - Abdomen; belly
             22 - Flank
             23 - Coupling
             24 - Withers


             25 - Back
             26 - Loin
             27 - Croup; rump
             28 - Tail; stern
             29 - Point of buttock
             30 - Thigh
             31 - Stifle
             32 - Gaskin; second thigh
             33 - Hock
             34 - Back pastern
             35 - Tuck-up

LENGTH of the Schnauzer is measured from the point of shoulder (12) to the point of buttock (29)
HEIGHT of the Schnauzer is measured from the withers (24) to ground
LENGHT should approximate HEIGHT of the Schnauzer
FOREQUARTERS consist of the area beginning at the withers (24) and include 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 und 17
HINDQUARTERS consist of the area beginning at the croup (27) and include 30, 32, 33, 34 und 17
BACKLINE includes the withers, back, loin and croup


Head & Skull
Head strong and of good length, narrowing from ears to eyes and then gradually forward toward end of nose. Upper part of the head (occiput to the base of forehead) moderately broad between ears. Flat, creaseless forehead; well muscled but not too strongly developed cheeks. Medium stop to accentuate prominent eyebrows. Powerful muzzle ending in a moderately blunt line, with bristly, stubby moustache and chin whiskers. Ridge of nose straight and running almost parallel to extension of forehead. Nose black with wide nostrils. Lips tight but not overlapping.
Faults - Head coarse and cheeky, or narrow snipey foreface. Lack of strength under eyes. Small head in proportion to body

Medium-sized, dark, oval, set forward, with arched bushy eyebrows.
Faults - Light, large or small, prominent

Neat, V-shaped, set high and dropping forward to temple.
Faults - Heavy, fly-away, erect, stricking out, badly carried.

Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws 
Faults - Undershot or overshot jaw. Wry jaw. Level bite

Moderately long, strong and slightly arched; skin close to throat; neck set cleanly on shoulders.
Faults - Short, thick neck, ewe neck, loaded shoulders

Shoulders flat and well laid. Forelegs straight viewed from any angle. Muscles smooth and lithe rather than prominent; bone strong, straight and carried well down to feet; elbows close to body and pointing directly backwards.
Faults - Loose elbows, pinched front. Short, stepping hackney action (high stepping). Upright shoulder

Chest moderately broad, deep with visible strong breastbone reaching at least to height of elbow rising slightly backward to loins. Back strong and straight, slightly higher at shoulder than at hindquarters, with short, well developed loins. Ribs well sprung. Length of body equal to height from top of withers to ground.
Faults - Chest too broad, narrow or shallow. Back too long, sway or roach. Too much tuck-up, barrel ribs. Slanting cruppers.

Thighs slanting and flat but strongly muscled. Hindlegs (upper and lower thighs) at first vertical to the stifle; from stifle to hock, in line with the extension of the upper neck line; from hock, vertical to ground
Faults - Over angulation. Lack of angulation. Hindpart over built (too step). Hocks turned in. Hocks turned out.

Short, round, cat-like, compact with closely arched toes, dark nails, firm black pads, feet pointing forward
Faults - Hare feet. Splayed feet. Thin pads. Weak pasterns.

Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Set on and carried high, customarily docked to three joints.
Undocked: Set on and carried high, of moderate length to give general balance to the dog. Thick at root and tapering towards the tip, as straight as possible, carried jauntily

Faults - Low-set. Squirrel. Curling. Long. Thin and whippy

Free, balanced and vigorous, with good reach in forequarters and good driving power in hindquarters. Topline remains level in action
Faults - Short, mincing action. High hackney knee action. Stilted action. Weak hind action.

Harsh, wiry and short enough for smartness, dense undercoat. Clean on neck and shoulders, ears and skull. Harsh hair on legs. Furnishings fairly thick but not silky
Faults - Coat too short and sleek. Too long. Soft or curled. Silky furnishings.

All pepper and salt colours in even proportions, or pure black, or black and silver. That is, solid black with silver markings on eyebrow, muzzle, chest and brisket and on the forelegs below the point of elbow, on inside of hindlegs below the stifle joint, on vent and under tail.
Faults - All white, white patches (Parti-coloured) colours.

Ideal height: dogs: 36 cms (14 ins); bitches: 33 cms (13 ins). Too small, toyish appearing dogs are not typical and undesirable
Faults - Too small, toyish appearance. Oversize.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.