The standard says it all! Miniature schnauzers are typically alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. They are friendly, intelligent and willing to please. The breed should never be overaggressive or timid making them great as family pets.
The miniature schnauzer is the most popular of the three schnauzer sizes. The breed is sweet, loving, smart and loyal. Their signature eyebrows and beards give miniature schnauzers a very distinct look. Miniature schnauzers are hardy little dogs originally bred to be ratters and companions on German farms.
Are you looking for a breed that is devoted, loyal and makes an excellent companion? The miniature schnauzer breed may just be the right breed for you! Miniature schnauzers are obedient, learn quickly, and are extremely devoted, playful, and very affectionate. The alertness of the miniature schnauzer makes the breed an excellent watch dog. They will bark when someone comes to the door, but are easily trained to stop when the owner lets them know the person is not a threat. The breed is also spunky and fearless, but not aggressive so that he or she can run with other dogs. A fenced yard or walks on a leash are recommended due to their delight in chasing and sometimes catching small prey.
The miniature schnauzer is an absolutely fantastic breed! The breed is comfortable in an apartment or a large home. The breed adapts easily and is as much at home in the city with moderate exercise as in the country where they appear tireless. The breed also adapts easily to any changes in climate or conditions. However, mini schnauzers do have a need to live as a part of the family. The greatest joy for a miniature schnauzer is being near their family. They enjoy going where the family goes and doing what they do. The breed seems to have an endless amount of energy doing things with you all day. Although, when you come home and sit down to relax they are right there with you content being perfectly still curled up beside you. Whether, sleeping on the bed with you or in its own beside you makes for a happy miniature schnauzer!
Miniature schnauzers are highly intelligent, eager to please and learn quickly. These characteristics make the breed highly trainable. Many miniature schnauzers have excelled in formal obedience trials and in agility competitions. The American Kennel Club provides additional information on training a miniature schnauzer puppy. Here at RoJo’s Miniature Schnauzers, we are proud parents of one of our schnauzers that placed numerous times in several competitions.
Is the Miniature Schnauzer right breed for you?
If you are considering purchasing a Miniature Schnauzer puppy and are still not sure if the breed is right for you the American Kennel Club provides more information about the miniature schnauzer dog breed.
However, if you are looking for an intelligent, playful, yet versatile dog, this breed fits the bill. Contact us today!
Miniature Schnauzers have a big personality and are smart, loyal companions!
Miniature schnauzer official breed standard says it all!
Frequently Asked Questions About Miniature Schnauzers
What size and weight are miniature schnauzers?
The breed standard calls for the height at the withers or shoulder blades to be at least 12 inches and no more than 14 inches. The standard does not specify any particular weight for the breed. The weight will depend on size and bone structure. A dog measuring 12 to 14 inches will usually weigh 11 to 20 pounds.
Do miniature schnauzers require a lot of grooming?
The miniature schnauzer breed has a double-coat usually with a wiry topcoat and a soft undercoat. In order to maintain a miniature schnauzer’s handsome appearance regular grooming is necessary. Miniature schnauzers are not a “wash and wear” dog. They do not shed and must be groomed on a regular basis, approximately every five to eight weeks to maintain their handsome appearance. Otherwise, your miniature schnauzer will have long and shaggy hair and look unkept. You may choose to let a professional groom your miniature schnauzer or you may choose to learn how to groom your miniature schnauzer yourself.
A schnauzer should be bathed as often as necessary with doggy shampoo and if possible conditioner, but no longer than six weeks between each bathing. Regular bathing is essential to maintain healthy skin and coat, as well as good hygiene. A miniature schnauzer also requires frequent brushing and combing of the beard and leg furnishings on a weekly basis. This helps prevent knots and mats between each grooming. A miniature schnauzer will need nail trimming and ear cleaning as well. The breed is generally odorless and does not leave hair all over your clothes and home.
Are miniature schnauzers good with children?
Miniature schnauzers are known for being wonderful family dogs and are generally good with children if raised with them from a young age. Young children do need to be taught the do’s and don’ts with any breed. The miniature schnauzer breed is very loyal, and protective without being overaggressive. Young children need to be introduced carefully to dogs and no young child should be left unsupervised with a dog of any breed.
Do Miniature Schnauzers Shed or Cause Allergies?
Miniature schnauzers shed very little and does not leave hair all over your clothes and home and are generally odorless. The breed is known to cause fewer and less severe reactions in people with allergies to dogs than most other breeds that shed more. We advise you or anyone in your family that has allergies to spend some time around the breed before buying a miniature schnauzer as individual reactions can vary widely.