As most people know a Merle Schnauzer is not a genetic mistake by breeders. We were interested in bringing a new exotic look to the great breed of Schnauzers. As our forefathers have done before us we would have to bred in a new breed to make such changes. In doing so breeders have chosen several different breeds to cross bred in. Some of the cross breeding being done had much thought put into genetics's and what new good things would be added to the bred. A warning to all buyer though that some of the cross breed's were done with no thought at all, just wanting to get the Merle gene at any cost. This page is designed to educate you on all cross's. With all crossings of two different pure breeds a whole new set of genetics apply. No matter how many times you use one breed the original genetics still linger from both breeds crossed. As AKC says, "You will still pull genetics for at least 50 years or more". And we here at the MSCA can prove this by simply asking you who have had a Schnauzers to think about how old the genetics are and how today our little bearded friends are still behaving like their ancestors. They still want to be watch dogs, heard our livestock and be a ratter.
I will go over some history on each breed crossed in, but first for those of you who don't know the history of the Schnauzer, I will start there. Then I will go on with the most popular cross done today and so on.
Schnauzers are originally a German breed dog, descending during the Middle Ages from herding, ratting and guard dog breeds. They come in three basic sizes (according to AKC).Giants Schnauzers date back to 1832, weighing from 70 to 100 lbs.. They were used for cattle herding, pig herding and as serious watch dogs. Giant's are playful yet very protective. Some tend to have strong herding instincts. They are a working breed and so they require much exercise. Giant's need good training to avoid being to protective.
Standard Schnauzers were the original first size of Schnauzers. All other sizes were created from this size. Standard's have been uses throughout history for many different roles. The modern Standard Schnauzer excels at obedience, tracking, herding, agility and therapy. Standards are very loyal family dogs with guardian instincts. They need lots of exercise since they are considered to be high-energy working dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers were developed in Germany in the late 1800s. They were originally bred to be ratters on farms. Then with there bold courage they were being used for guarding herds, small farms and families. Mini. Schnauzers are eager to please, making them easy to train. They are very loyal family dogs. Schnauzers were bred down in once again in more recent years to Toy and T-Cup sizes.
With all of the Schnauzer sizes they have had cross breeds bred in to change the sizes. For the most part personalities have not changed much, they are all very loyal to family's, fun, playful and trainable. Hair coats can very in all the sizes from course/wiry to very long and soft. Colors have also changed over the years, more so around 1995 (for colors see the color standards page). Appearances of all the sizes mostly remain the same, robust, sturdy, nearly square built.
Australian Shepherds were originated in the Western United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They are commonly called an Aussie. There popularity rose with the boom of Western riding after World War II. For decades Aussies have been valued for their versatility and train ability. They come in two basic sizes.
Standard Aussies were developed for sheep herders for the American terrain and climate. Ranchers needed to have a dog that could handle severe weather, have lots of speed, athleticism, energy, endurance, flexibility, and intelligence, while remaining obedient. Aussie are among the top of the list of intelligent breeds. Standard Aussies are loyal to their familys and are protective of them.
Mini Aussies were bred down from the standard Aussies. Not much is know about how the breeders did this, but surly a cross was bred in. This was to create a smaller version of the Standard Aussie and to have a gentler dog with less working energy. The Mini Aussie is very loyal to it's family, they can be stand offish to strangers until getting to know them. They are very intelligent with a even disposition. They are good natured and love to please. Aussies were once more bred down in more recent year into Toy and T-Cup sizes.
The biggest changes in the sizes are in the personality and energy. Colors have remained the same and the coats have also remained the same. Appearances of all the sizes mostly remain the same sturdy, agile, nice boned dogs.
More info. will be added with other breeds as they are added to our database. NOTE: If you are a breeder of a cross not listed yet please contact MSCA and we would be happy to add complete info. on your cross.
Some dogs also registered with the MSCA come from Cocker Spaniel and Rat Terriers. Please ask your breeder where yours comes from.