Posts tagged Terrier
Canine Breed Spotlight: Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is known in Germany as the Zwergschnauzer– “zwerg” means dwarf and “schnauzer” comes from the German word for beard or whiskered muzzle in reference to the dog’s beard. Miniature Schnauzers were bred with the intent to create a smaller version of the Standard Schnauzer. They were developed in Germany by crossing breeding the standard size Schnauzer with smaller dogs, such as the Miniature Pinscher, Affernpinscher and possibly the Miniature Poodle or Pomeranian.  Originally these dogs were bred and used as ratters. While they still retain that ability, the Miniature Schnauzer is mostly a companion dog today.

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Canine Breed Spotlight: Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier was developed for fox hunting in England. They are believed to be descended from a breed of working terriers from Wales, Derbyshire and Durham. Their purpose was to flush foxes from their dens so that hunters could hunt them over open country. Their short, docked tails worked as a handle and aided hunters in pulling them out of the dens. The modern day Wire Fox Terrier is not used for hunting anymore, but has become a very successful show dog.

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