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|About the Miniature Schnauzer
The following description of the Miniature Schnauzer is a bit lengthy but if you have never owned a
Miniature Schnauzer and are researching various breeds to discover what is right for you, then this is a very
informative short read.
“On appearance alone, the miniature schnauzer deserves the popularity that he enjoys. It is however his
lively inquisitive character which launched him into the top 10 ranking among all breeds in recent years.
The miniature schnauzer is big enough to really be a dog, and small enough to share your comfortable
chair. Most people will select this breed for its total livability. A good Miniature is by nature alert,
friendly, intelligent, vigorous, and long-lived.
Miniatures have the same spirit and showmanship of most terriers, but are much more responsive to the
owner’s wishes and are noted for great intelligence. They do demand human companionship, and in return
show great devotion. Miniature Schnauzers have great stamina and, in fact, will show no signs of illness
until they are quite sick, and then they are fighters and will not give up.
The responsiveness and intelligence of Miniature Schnauzers makes them ideal for obedience work,
enhanced by the fact that they love to please their owners. The Official Standards of the Miniature
Schnauzer regarding temperament: “The typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, yet obedient to
command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please.”
The Schnauzer’s intelligence expresses itself in many ways. One look into his face is to sense his
overactive mind and fun loving personality. The learning capacity of the Miniature Schnauzer is
proverbial, and limited only by the patience of the teacher.
The breed’s performance on all levels of obedience is exceptional, and ranks among the highest in
numbers of dogs that achieve obedience titles. Schnauzers learn quickly as a rule, and in time can be taught
almost anything a dog is capable of learning. The only requirements are firmness, repetition, patience, and
above all kindness.
Although Miniature Schnauzers are quick to adapt they love a routine. The typical companion takes pride in
knowing, practically before you do what your next move will be. They have good memories and will
recognize friends or former owners after a long period.
As he is not a jealous dog, he will gladly share his people with others, both human and canine, and even
give space to the family cat. Although not known essentially as a one-man dog, his full devotion is
usually for one person, after which he includes the immediate family in various gradations of affectionate
Schnauzers seem to understand children and are infinitely gentle with them, and will delight them for hours
with their clever antics without becoming impatient or intolerant. Children who are taught to handle
them properly will particularly enjoy their whimsical character.
Miniature Schnauzers are not by nature aggressive, as are some of their terrier cousins. They should
however be relatively fearless. Once mature, the Schnauzer has a strongly developed territorial
instinct. He is an ideal guard dog as he defends vocally rather than physically. There is a meaningful
difference between being quick to defend and quick to attack. A good Schnauzer will bark at anyone who
may appear a threat to his home. He barks till the caller leaves if you are not at home or until you arrive on
the scene. Once you are there, he accepts that you are in control of the situation and is silent. For all his
boldness, the Miniature Schnauzer will display a natural kindness and charm for those who show
themselves as friends.
Schnauzers are not random incessant barkers. They are discriminating and intelligent guard dogs that
assume this duty naturally. Too intelligent to be argumentative, they are positive thinkers, know
their territorial rights and defend them.
Basically, the Schnauzer’s disposition is sweet, loving and loyal, but he is not all subservient or overly
sensitive. People, who want a lie –at – your - feet type dog, or one that is aloof, would not enjoy a
Miniature Schnauzer. Wanting your affection, he may climb into the middle of your newspaper or put his
head under your arm with a prodding motion. It would never occur to him that you might be too
occupied to pet him.
A great sense of self is one of his most endearing qualities.Schnauzers enjoy the outdoors in all kinds of
weather. This need, to be a part of their local surrounding, should be satisfied. They enjoy
long walks, and in pairs will run lively races with each other. Usually they like to swim too.
On the other hand, they are an excellent breed for the city dweller. The schnauzer kept mostly indoors
would be happiest when provided with a window or door from which to view the outside world.
Whether a dog (male) or a bitch (female), the Miniature Schnauzer rates high as a totally reliable
companion. Individual disposition is far more important than sex in a pet. Both males and females being