But seriously though, what's the background of the breed? I ask this because I used to have a Miniature Schnauzer. I loved that dog more than life itself. Since she was a German breed, I used to call her made-up German names like "Schnitzie" and silly stuff like that. I even made up my own German-sounding language, so that I could pretend I was speaking to her in her native tongue. People thought I was completely nuts, but that made our connection even more special.