The Schnauzer Miniatura is the Spanish name for the Miniature Schnauzer, a breed of terrier. Miniature Schnauzers were developed from a larger German breed used as ratters, guard dogs and herding dogs, notes Dog Breed Info Center.
Miniature Schnauzers first appeared in 1888, and they made their show ring debut in 1899. They are sturdy, squarely-built dogs with double coats. The outer-coat is hard and wiry, while the undercoat is soft. Miniature Schnauzers are one of four color varieties; they have black, white, salt and pepper or black and silver coats, but the American Kennel Club does not accept pure white dogs for conformation showing. The Miniature Schnauzer is energetic, affectionate and loyal; it makes a good family pet and watchdog.