Schnauze means muzzle in German, so this breed was named for its characteristic shaggy muzzle. Up to the nineteenth century, Schnauzers were considered rough-haired Pinschers. There are three Schnauzer varieties, the Giant, The Standard, and The Miniature. The Schnauzer is high-spirited, energetic, impetuous (though stable), hardy, proud, and dominant. The Miniature Schnauzer can be a variety of colors. Black, Salt and Pepper, Black and Silver, and now White, Liver, as well as Parti colors have been bred. A Miniature Schnauzer should be 12-14 inches tall and weigh from 9-15 lbs. Your Miniature Schnauzer should be brushed daily, and will require a trim about every three months to keep looking his best. They have a robust, almost square shape. The eyebrows are prominent with generous whiskers and a moustache. This devoted, affectionate dog loves children and makes and an excellent pet.