Here are some facts about silver and black schnauzers if you are thinking of adopting one. Both silver and black schnauzers can be seen at dog shows and are very popular with pet owners. This breed is easy to train, and they make excellent companions. Ask a breeder if you are interested in a silver or black schnauzer and if they are compatible.
The basic characteristics of the silver-and-black Miniature Schnauzer look very similar to the salt & pepper Miniature Schnauzer. The body and legs are solid black, with a thin strip of silver white on the face. Puppies with this coat have a masking that covers the eyes. All black and silver Miniazuzers need to have a black undercoat. Both silver and black Schnauzers share silver parents.
When registering your silver and black schnauzer, make sure the topcoat is black. The black topcoat must be true to colour and rich in colour. The undercoat should be dark silver. It is not necessary to show a picture of a silver and black schnauzer in order to register it. However, pictures should be available. This is an ideal breed for those who want a black and silver colour combination, and the breed’s defining characteristics.
Although schnauzers have varying coat colors, the two most common are solid black, white on the chest, and black on the feet. Black schnauzers also have copper/bronze markings on the chest and on the legs. They often have black eyes, noses and pads. During the early stages of their life, most black schnauzers are solid black, and will eventually lighten to a dark gray.
There are many differences between white and dark schnauzers. Unlike other colors, salt and pepper schnauzers have white spots on their faces. Platinum silvers are lighter than the black and white schnauzers. Platinum silvers are considered salt & pepper by the AKC. Liver peppers have the same markings as salt & pepper but a more distinct pattern.
Three color patterns are recognized by AKC Black and silver, Salt and pepper, and Solid Black are all acceptable. Other colors than those in the breed standard are prohibited. However, there are exceptions. The American Kennel Club allows for some other colors, including black and white. According to the AKC, a solid black schnauzer is one that recognizes Salt and Pepper. These colors will be light grey with silver and black markings.