The miniature schnauzer, cousin to the larger standard schnauzer, did not originate in England as many of the terriers, but in Germany. He is a small dog but in no way is he delicate. He makes an excellent companion because he is obedient, quick to learn, devoted to his owner, spunky and fearless. His deepest need is to live as part of the family; going where they go and doing what they do. He does not shed, but needs to be groomed approximately every six weeks. He comes in three colors: salt-and-pepper, black-and-silver, and solid black.