The Parti Schnauzer
Liver Parti
Black & White Parti

"Parti colors" are easily described as being patterned like a Holstein cow; random spots of color on a white
background.  In a field of Holstein cows, all of the cows will be black and white, but no two cows will have the
same pattern. The base color of a parti is always white, and the darker color can range from a small area to larger
areas. The darker color can vary- black, chocolate, and salt and pepper, are all colors that can occur in a parti
colored dog.

The above diagram shows the progression reduction of pigmented areas as seen in the parti schnauzer.  Figure #4
is a good example of the type of parti schnauzer that I prefer, which is the Saddleback or Blanket Parti.  These
terms are used to describe a parti that has one large spot of color on the topside which resembles a blanket or
saddle placed over his/her back.  Photos above are two of our Saddleback Parti breeding stock, Katie & Armini!

                            History of the Parti Schnauzer
Thanks to Maximilian Schnauzers who researched German history, and discovered that in 1880 Germany’s
Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub published its first Schnauzer Breed Standards Book.  The book detailed all acceptable
colorings for the breed
including “white with black patches” (parti color).  So the parti obviously existed from the
beginning of the Miniature Schnauzer breed.  On September 4, 1929, a litter of black schnauzers was born at the
Abbagamba Kennel in Podangen, Germany.  This litter included 3 Black and White partis.  The Abbagamba Kennel  
then started producing the first parti dogs to be officially recognized and registered in Germany.  For the next 4
years, they were accepted and welcomed by the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub (PSK). However, by 1933 Germany was
in the midst of a great economic depression.  In many German villages the population of Salt and Pepper
Schnauzers was higher than the human population.  Breeders were unable to sell their Salt and Pepper puppies
because of the widespread popularity of the new and trendy Wired Hair Fox Terriers from England, which were
selling faster than they could be produced.  Allowing the Parti colored schnauzers to remain in the PSK would only
further hurt the sales of the many unsold Salt/Pepper and Black puppies.  The true reason for the ban of the parti
color was the fear of sales competition and the potential for economic ruin.  The owner of the Abbagamba Kennel
was rightfully outraged, but her request to keep the parti color in the PSK was denied.  The Board of the PSK
promised to create a separate breed for the parti schnauzers in the future, but the onset of World War II halted
these plans.  As of today, Parti Schnauzers are still discriminated against based
solely on their color not only in
Germany, but in dog clubs all around the world!

80+ years
of Parti
Just a few of Texas T's Parti Schnauzers
What Is a Parti?
Parti Schnauzers from the
Abbagamba Kennel in 1929
Ilfis v. Abbagamba a German
Black & White Shecken (Parti)