There really is no such thing as an Appaloosa Schnauzer, but I decided to develop this webpage in an effort to try and explain the unique look of our
heavily ticked Parti Schnauzers.  For many people who are just starting to look for a schnauzer the terminology can be rather confusing.  
What is ticking?  
What is a
Parti Schnauzer?  What is supercoated?  Part of the confusion comes because people are accustomed to seeing the three more common standard
colors; Salt and Pepper, solid Black, and Black and Silver.   All of my schnauzers are
AKC registered, but the Schnauzer Club (who controls who goes to
the AKC accredited shows) will only recognize the three standard colors.  And because they refuse to recognize any of the other colors (which we call the
"Lost Colors"), most people are surprised to discover that these unique colors even exist.  

The Miniature Schnauzer was produced by breeding the Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher, the Poodle, and a couple of the terrier breeds.  As
you can imagine, a large gene pool for colors
other than the three standard colors was created as the dogs were being crossbred.   Researching Schnauzer
history you will discover that once the Schnauzer club was formed in order to more closely resemble their larger cousin the Standard Schnauzer, the club
decided on only the three colors:  Black, Black & Silver, and Salt & Pepper.   In the process of producing the breed, there were many different color
results which included the “broken patterns” or the parti colors, as well as shades of red, white, and brown.  

Unfortunately, these colors were unacceptable to the purists who did not want anything other than the breed standard.  In other words, if it was not one of
the three desirable chosen colors, the pups was drowned/killed.  We have selectively bred our dogs to
encourage these rare and unique colors.  While the
staunch show breeders have selectively bred to
discourage any of the recessive genes/rare colors.  

Because of the very high vermin population, the Germans developed the miniature schnauzer to be ratters.  In order to catch the rats, they needed to be
small and lower to the ground.  So the original mini schnauzer was bred to be 8-10 inches at the shoulder, or
toy size.  Once the schnauzer club was
formed and breeders started competitively showing their dogs, they soon discovered that the larger dogs were winning.  They then decided to raise the
breed standard to 12-14 inches at the shoulder, which resulted in the 12+ pound miniature schnauzer.  
Video demonstrating the Teacup, Toy, & Miniature!

Growing up my family raised quarter horses, and it occurred to me that our heavily ticked parti schnauzers closely resemble the Appaloosa.  The beautiful
spotted Appaloosa is one of the most beloved of American horse breeds and can be found throughout the world.  Much like the Miniature Schnauzer, the
Appaloosas are prized for their easy-going dispositions and their reliability as a family pet.  Known for its spotted pattern, they have been part of history
for thousands of years dating back to the stone age in Europe.  Developed here in the United States by the Nez Perce Indian tribe, their most defining
feature is their spotted coat, which can be in five precise patterns: blanket, snowflake, leopard, marble, and frost.   As you can see from the examples
below, our heavily ticked Parti Schnauzers look a lot like the Appaloosas, and they also closely resemble the German Short Haired hunting dogs.  
We hope you'll enjoy scrolling down & looking at the many examples of
the "lost colors" that we produce here at Texas T's Toy Schnauzers!
The terms Liver & Chocolate are used
interchangeably to describe a brown
schnauzer.  The Liver Schnauzer is
different from all other schnauzers
as they have a chocolate nose and
green or bird dog yellow eyes.  All
other schnauzers will have a black
nose & black eyes.  As you can see,
there are also many different shades of
the liver parti.  Colors can vary from
the very dark chocolate (which is
what we prefer to produce) to the more
reddish brown chocolate as shown
We like to breed for the saddleback
parti or the blanket parti.  The
terms are used to describe a large
splotch of color on the topline of the
dog, which resembles a saddle or a
blanket rather than random
splotches of color.  
The parti schnauzer is a dog that has random spots.  
Imagine a herd of Holstein cows.  Each cow just
a little different than the next. We very rarely
get the random spotted parti schnauzers.  
Most of our White or White Chocolate pups are
really parti's.  But just as it is difficult to see the
difference in color on this appaloosa, it is even more
difficult to see the parti markings on the whites
unless they are shaved very close.  The two photos
below show the difference between a standard white
puppy and a white chocolate.  The white pups will
have black eyes and a black nose, and the white
chocolates will have green eyes and a chocolate nose.  
The white pups look like they have black eyeliner
around their eyes, whereas the white chocolate pups
are "without makeup" or
el natural!
Our 5 lb. White Chocolate STUD MUFFIN     
Texas T's White Chocolate Givenchy ~ "Chey"
White Puppy Video!