Where do Toy Schnauzers come from?
The Miniature Schnauzer was created by taking the Standard Schnauzer and breeding it to the smaller Miniature Pinscher, the Affenpinscher, the Pomeranian and possibly even the Fox Terrier. The pups that most closely resembled the schnauzer, were kept and bred again. This breeding process created a gene pool for the smaller size which occurs rarely in the breed and for the rare colors. Breeders in the US have kept these "runts" and bred them, eventually creating the Toy size of the schnauzer
Are Toy Schnauzers registered?
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There is no official designation of "Toy Schnauzer". Toy schnauzers are registered as Miniature Schnauzers by the AKC, APRI, CKC and other dog registries
How big are Toy Schnauzers?
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Because there is no official breed standard for Toy Schnauzers, the size of a toy is subject to breeder interpretation. Generally anything under 10 lbs is considered a toy
Are dogs from breeders inbred?
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Reputable breeders don\\\'t inbreed their dogs. Inbreeding is defined as \\\"mating or breeding of individuals or organisms that are closely related genetically\\\". Examples would be breeding a father to a daughter or mother to a son. Outcrosses (genetically unrelated) are the more common practice among reputable breeders. However, having said that, there are breeders who line breed...that is they will selectively breed dogs that are related but whose relation is not closer than three generations, for example a male might breed his great, great grand daughter. With that much separation from each other, genetically, there is very little chance that there will be negative impact on the offspring. \\\'Bad genes\\\' have been so diluted that they are not likely show up. Within certain breeds of dogs, there is a limited gene pool so breeders have to selectively breed closely related offspring to maintain the breed. In the case of Miniature Schnauzers, there is such diversity in the gene pool that there are plenty of unrelated dogs to select for breeding. For example, in our breeding program, we typically keep females and buy new males from outside our lines to breed them to. Over the years we have carefully constructed a lot of diversity in our bloodlines so that we have many options available to us when it comes time to breed a female.
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