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FCI Standard N 183 / 11.08.2000 / GB


Hildebert's Dream of DaliCountry of origin: Germany.

Date of publication of the original valid standard: 06.04.2000

Utilisation: House  and Companion Dog.

Classification FCI : Group 2 Pincher and Schnauzer - Molossoid breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other  breeds. Section 1 Pincher and Schnauzer type. Without working trial.

Brief historical summary: Around the turn of the century a dwarf Schnauzer from the Frankfurt / Main  area went on his way, then still described as a rough haired Zwergpinscher  (Miniature Pinscher). Due to the different shapes , sizes and types and the muddle of harsh, soft and silky  coat textures, it was no easy task to evolve a small dog with the appearance and the characteristic qualities of his bigger brother, the Schnauzer.

General appearance: Small, strong, stocky rather than slim, rough coated, elegant. A reduced image of the Schnauzer without the drawback of a dwarfed  appearance.

I'm white Dream vom Hella-HofImportant  proportions:

  • Square built in which the height at the withers is nearly equal to the body length
  • The length  of the head (measured from the tip of the nose to the occiput) corresponds to half the length of the topline (measured from the withers to the set on of the tail).

Behaviour / Temperament: His nature is similar to that of the Schnauzer an is determiner by the temperament and the  behaviour of a small dog. Intelligence, fearlessness, endurance and alertness make the Miniature  Schnauzer an agreeable  house dog as well as watch and companion dog which can be kept even in a small  appartment without  problems.


Cranial  region:

Dinamunde Eldorado Glance's DestinySkull: Strong, long without markedly protruding occiput. The head should be in keeping with the dog,s  force. The forehead is flat, without wrinkles and parallel to the bridge of nose. Stop: Appears well  defined due to the brows.

Facial region:

Nose: Well developed nose leather, always black. Muzzle: Ending in a blunt wedge. Bridge of nose straight. Lips: Black, smooth and tight-fitting to the jaws. Corners of lips closed. Jaws / Teeth:  Strong upper and lower jaw. The complete scissor  bite (42 pure white teeth according to the  dentition formula) , is strongly developed and firmly closing. The chewing muscles are strongly developed but the cheeks must not interfere with the rectangular shape of the head (with the beard). Eyes: Medium sized, oval, facing forward, dark with lively expression. Eyelids close fitting. Ears: Drop ears, set high, V- shaped with inner edges lying close to the  cheeks, evenly carried, turned forward towards temples. Folds parallel , should not be  above the top of the skull. Neck:  The strong, muscular neck is nobly arched , blending smoothly into the withers. Strongly set on, slim, nobly curved, corresponding to the dog,s force. Throat skin tight- fitting without  folds.


Natasha S Taganyego RogaTopline: Slightly sloping from withers towards  rear. Withers: Forming the highest point in topline. Back :  Strong, short and taut. Loins:  Short , Strong and deep. The distance from the last rib to the hip is short to make the dog appear compact. Croup: Slightly rounded, imperceptibly blending into tail set on. Chest:  Moderately broad, oval in diameter , reaching to the elbows. The forechest  is distinctly marked by the point of the sternum. Underline / Belly: Flanks not too tucked up, forming a well curved line with the underside of the ribcage.

Tail: Natural


Forequarters: Seen from the front, the front legs are strong, straight and not close together . Seen from the side, the forearms are straight. Shoulders: The shoulder blade lies close against the rib cage and is well muscled on both sides of the shoulder bone, protruding over the points of the thoracic  vertebrae. As sloping as possible and well laid back, forming an angle of appr. 50  to the horizontal. Upper arm: Lying close to the body , strong and well muscled, forming an angle of 95  to 105  to the shoulder blade. Elbows: Close fitting, turning neither in nor out. Forearm: Viewed from all sides  completely straight , strongly developed and  well muscled. Carpal joint: Strong, firm, barely standing out against the structure of the forearm. Pastern: Seen from the front  , vertical. Seen from the side slightly sloping towards the ground, strong and slightly springy. Forefeet: Short and round. Toes well-knit and arched (cat foot) with short dark nails and resistant pads. Hindquarters: Standing obliquely when seen from the side, standing parallel but not close together when seen from the  rear. Upper thigh : Moderately long, broad and strongly muscled. Stifle: Turning neither in nor out. Lower thigh: Long, strong and sinewy, running into a strong hock. Hock: Very well angulated , strong, firm, turning neither in nor out. Metatarsus: Short, vertical to the ground. Hind feet: Toes short, arched and well- knit. Nails short and black.

Gait / Movement : Flexible, elegant, agile, free and ground covering. The front legs swinging as far forward as possible, the hind legs, ground covering and springy,  provide the necessary drive. The front leg of one side and  the hind leg of the other side move forward at the same time. The back, the ligaments and the joints are  firm.

Skin: Tight fitting over the whole body.


Hair: The coat should be wiry, harsh and dense. It consists of a dense undercoat and a  not too short top coat, lying close to the body. The top coat is rough and sufficiently long to allow the checking of its texture; it is neither bristly nor wavy. The hair  on the limbs tends to be less harsh. Coat short on forehead and ears. Typical characteristics are the not too soft beard on the  muzzle and the bushy eyebrows which slightly shade the eyes.


  • Pure black with black undercoat.
  • Pepper and Salt.
  • Black / Silver
  • Pure white with white undercoat

When breeding Pepper and Salt , the aim is a medium shading with evenly distributed , well pigmented pepper colouring and grey undercoat. The shades from dark iron grey to silver grey  are all permitted. In all colour variations there must be a dark mask which should adapt harmoniously to the respective colour. Distinct light markings on head, chest and limbs are undesirable.

For the Black /Silver  colour, the aim in breeding is a black top  coat with black undercoat , white markings over the eyes, on the  cheeks , at the beards, at the throat , in two divided triangles at the front of the chest , on the front  pasterns, on the feet , on the  inside of the hind legs and around the anus. The forehead , the neck and outer sides of the ears should be black like  the top coat.

Size and weight:

Height at withers: Dogs and bitches  between 30 and 35 cm

Weight: Dogs and bitches  approximately 4,5 to 7 kg

Faults:  Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportions to its degree.


  • Heavy or round skull.
  • Wrinkles on forehead.
  • Short, pointed or  narrow muzzle.
  • Pincer bite.
  • Strongly protruding cheeks or cheekbones.
  • Light , too large or too small  eyes.
  • Low set , too long or unevenly carried ears.
  • Throatiness.
  • Dewlap , narrow crest of neck.
  • Too long, tucked up or soft back.
  • Roach back.
  • Croup falling away.
  • Tail set inclined towards head.
  • Long feet.
  • Pacing  movement.
  • Too short , too long, soft, wavy , shaggy, silky coat.
  • Brown undercoat.
  • A black trace on the back or a black saddle.
  • In Black / Silver not clearly separated  triangles  on the chest.
  • Over- or undersize up to 1 cm.
Serious  faults
    • Clumsy or light build. Too low or too high on leg.
    • Inverse sexual type (i.e. doggy bitch).
    • Elbows turning out.
    • Straight or open hocked hind legs.
    • Lower  thigh too long.
    • Hocks turning inwards.
    • Rear  pasterns too short.
    • White  or spotted coat in black or pepper and salt dogs.
    • Patchy  coat in the colours black / silver and white.
    • Over- or undersize by more than 1 cm but less than  2 cm.
    Disqualifying  faults
    • Malformation of any kind.
    • Lack of breed type.
    • Faulty mouth, such as  over- or undershot or wry mouth.
    • Severe faults in individual parts, such as faults in structure, coat and colour.
    • Over-or  undersize by more than 2 cm.
    • Shy, aggressive, vicious, exaggeratedly suspicious or nervous behaviour.

    NB: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.




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