The most popular of the schnauzer breeds is the miniature schnauzer. This popular breed was created by cross breeding the original standard schnauzer and the affenpinscher in Germany during the late 1800s. By 1899, the miniature schnauzer was shown as a distinct breed from the standard schnauzer. However, the American Kennel Club did not recognize two separate breeds until 1933.
The standard schnauzer was in the United States and recognized as a popular dog breed long before the Miniature Schnauzer came into existence. However, the miniature became more popular over time and surpassed the Standard version in popularity, especially after World War II.
One of the reasons the most popular of the schnauzer breeds is the miniature schnauzers is because of its spunky, inquisitive, alert behavior. They make great companions. These pets love being active during playtime but they are well behaved in the house when play is over. They are less domineering or aggressive than standard schnauzer towards other people and strange dogs or other pets. This is what makes the miniature schnauzer an excellent house pet. They are great with children and a fantastic watchdog. If your miniature schnauzer has not been around children as a puppy, they may be intimidated by them and should not be left alone with strange children. They may bite when fearful or when they feel cornered. My dog Cleo bit one of my grandchildren when she felt cornered. Fortunately, it was only a nip and not serious.
Like most dogs, miniature schnauzers want and need plenty of exercise. However, a nice long walk on the leash or a romp in the yard each day is usually enough physical exercise for this dog. They are also do best living indoors with the family although they can survive outside just fine. Emotionally, these animals need to be part of its pack at all times. Cleo did not like being left alone and when I returned home, her greetings were most enthusiastic!
The Miniature Schnauzer needs regular grooming with brushing at least once a week. These dogs have a thick wiry coat and will need professional clipping every two to three months. This will help soften the texture of the coat. A dedicated owner can learn to do a proper Schnauzer clip with a bit of practice. Having a set of good quality clippers and scissors is very important for this task. I groomed my minis for quite a while but now prefer to get them professionally groomed.