|Barked: Sat Jun 20, '09 7:11pm PST |
|I've begun to notice that a lot of oversize miniature schnauzers are being labeled 'standard' schnauzers, now. I have a mini that clocks in at a good 23 lbs (at 2 years old) but he is definitely a mini in build and character, even when you put him next to a 4 month old standard puppy of the same size and weight.
Standards are EXTREAMLY rare in the US - only 500 puppies a YEAR a born in the US, vs 100,000+ miniature schnauzers. A breeder listed on the Standard Schnauzer Club of America page is really the only place to get one. If you ever do find a real standard in a rescue, its a real treasure - but that little dear will be, at the LEAST, 30 lbs (for a small female), and at the most, 50 (for a large male).
Minis and standards aren't just two different sizes of the same breed (like toy, and teacups, etc etc) but two breeds that haven't shared bloodlines in 200 years. You may as well call our oversized minis 'affenpincers', because they are just as related to the 'monkey dog' as they are to standards.
Your adopted pup is just a big, lovable mini, so look to the miniature schauzer page to find out more about their personailty
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