Understanding Schnauzer Colors
According to breed standard in Canada and the USA, there are only three recognized colors for the Miniature Schnauzer: Black, Salt/Pepper and Black/Silver. There are many more colors that exist but, since they are recessive to the three standard colors, they occur very rarely in the breed. The color gene is also seperate from the pattern gene (ie. salt/pepper or parti). If you want to show your dog, it must be one of the recognized colors however, both AKC and CKC will register a dog that is not a standard color, it just can't be shown in a conformation class.
A short article on the regular Miniature Schnauzer colors can be found by clicking here.
Where did the recessive colors come from?
Because the original Miniature Schnauzers were a result of breeding the Standard Schnauzers with Miniature Pinchers, Affenpinsers, Miniature Poodles, etc. a gene pool for colors other than the three recognized colors was created. Some repudable breeders have selectively bred their dogs to encourage these "rare" colors while the staunch show breeders have selectively bred to discourage any of the rare colors.
An excellent article providing the history behind the recessive colors of Parti and Liver (chocolate) can be found here. It is worth the read if you don't believe the Parti or Liver colored schnauzer are "real schnauzers"
Below are some examples of the some of the colors schnauzers come in. All are dogs that are in our breeding program or have been produced by our breeding program. They are listed here as examples of schnauzer colors. They are NOT for sale