Are you looking for a family dog that is loyal, intelligent, sturdy, and has a personality that you will respect and admire? If so, the Miniature Schnauzer is the dog for your family!
Miniature Schnauzers are smart, easy to train, and loyal little dogs make excellent family pets. They are not usually aggressive but will protect their buddies. They love attention and will cuddle with you on the couch.
The Standard Schnauzer was a popular dog breed long before the Miniature Schnauzer came into existence. However, the Miniature became more popular over time and surpassed the Standard Schnauzer in popularity, especially after World War II. By 1899, the Miniature Schnauzer was shown as a distinct breed from the Standard Schnauzer. However, the American Kennel Club did not recognize two dogs as separate breeds until 1933.
According to the AKC, miniature Schnauzers currently (2020) rank as the 19th most popular breed. The Standard Schnauzer is 89th, and the Giant Schnauzer is 78th in the 2020 AKC rankings.
Miniature Schnauzers Have Great Personalities
The Miniature Schnauzers is spunky, inquisitive, and alert. 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 Schnauzers towards other people and strange dogs.
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. If your Miniature Schnauzer has not been around children as a puppy, it may be intimidated by the youngsters. They do not like having their ears or fur pulled. So, they should be well supervised when toddlers are in the family.
When they feel cornered, they become fearful and may bite in self-defense. Cleo, my dog, was not around children like a puppy, and she bit one of my grandchildren when she felt cornered. Fortunately, it was only a warning nip and not very serious, but I did have a prolonged chat with Cleo.
Emotionally, Miniature Schnauzer wants and needs to be with its family. Cleo did not like being left alone, and when I returned home, her greetings were most enthusiastic even after a short absence!
Like most dogs, Miniature Schnauzers want and need exercise. However, a nice long walk on the leash or a romp in the yard each day is usually enough physical activity for this breed. They also do better living indoors with the family, although they can survive outside just fine. Emotionally, these animals need to be part of their pack at all times. Cleo did not like being left alone, and her greetings were most enthusiastic when I returned home!
Miniature Schnauzers Need Grooming
The Miniature Schnauzer needs brushing at least once a week. They have a thick wiry coat, and they shed very little. Consequently, they need clipping every two to three months. If you want to do the grooming yourself, get a set of good-quality clippers and scissors. You can learn to do a proper Schnauzer clip with some practice.
I groomed my minis myself for quite a while before getting them groomed professionally. Many Youtube videos will help you learn the proper cut.
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They are a hypoallergenic breed because they do not shed very little. Hypoallergenic means they are less of a threat to allergy suffers than dogs that shed their fur. Of course, that does not mean someone with dog allergies will not be affected.
Miniature Schnauzers Are Good Watchdogs
They alert little dogs and sound the alarm when they hear strange noises or the doorbell rings. They have a rather powerful bark, not like some small yappy dog.
They are watchdogs, not guard dogs. Due to their smaller size, they are not very intimidating dogs. Also, they are not aggressive. Once the alert barking is over, they are usually very friendly to the newcomer.
Every dog has its own personality. I once had two Miniatures that came from the same litter. They would both bark almost non-stop whenever the neighbor was in her backyard. Of course, this did not please her, and fortunately, I did not live there for long. My next home had a high fence the dogs could not see through.
Miniature Schnauzers Are Easy To Train
House training my Miniature Schnauzers was not difficult at all. They all learned to ask to go outside to do their business after only a week or two.
My dogs seem to understand what I say to them. They can learn many voice commands if you put in the effort. I seldom taught them tricks such as sitting up, rolling over, or playing dead, but I am sure they would have easily learned if I had tried. When I think about it, maybe they were training me.
Miniature Schnauzers Are Usually Healthy Dogs
Minis are probably about average when it comes to health issues. I didn’t have to take mine to the vet except for routine checkups and shots. The notable exception, of course, was Cleo. She developed diabetes at the age of nine.
I suspected diabetes because my daughter has a Pug who was diabetic. I noticed Cleo began drinking much more water than usual and frequently had to urinate. Also, she did not have as good an appetite as before. After courageously fighting the disease for about a year, she lost her battle and died when she was ten years old.
Miniature Schnauzer Coat Colors
Miniature Schnauzers have four color variations. They are salt and pepper, black and silver, solid black, and solid white. However, the all-white coat is not acceptable for AKC standards.