Miniature Schnauzers were bred in Germany primarily as ratting dogs, so they’re feisty, hardy little things. Some schnauzers are fiercely independent, which is sometimes translated as aloof. But, they can also be friendly and affectionate once they get to know you.

miniature-schnauzerThey are natural resource guarders, so you need to watch out for budding problems. Call a qualified behaviourist to help you before the problem becomes severe. Miniature Schnauzers come in three standard colors: solid black, black and silver, and salt and pepper. There are white Miniature Schnauzers but the color isn’t recognized as standard.

Some mini Schnauzers are aloof and many people are disappointed they aren’t lap dogs like other small breeds. As a result, they end up in shelters or with rescue organisations. If you’re looking for a Miniature Schnauzer, you could go to a registered breeder to buy one of the puppies there. Or you could visit a rescue organisation and adopt an older puppy or adult dog.

Miniature Schnauzer Facts & Information

Group: Miniature Schnauzers belong to the terrier group of dog breeds.

Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years

Size: Small. Height: 11 – 14 in. Weight: 13 – 15 lb.

Temperament: Alert, playful, intelligent, easy to train, aloof until they get to know people and then very friendly and affectionate.

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Exercise: Miniature Schnauzers have relatively high exercise needs. You need to go for daily walks and enjoy plenty of energetic play. They respond well to dog training and dog sports such as agility, fly ball, rally free, canine freestyle and tracking.

General care: Their coats are relatively easy to take care of, provided you take them for regular grooming/clipping sessions to keep their coats, mustaches and eyebrows in check. If, however, you’re going to show your mini Schnauzer, then you will need to ensure your dog has the standard cut required in the ring.

Health concerns: Miniature Schnauzers are generally healthy dogs, although there are some health problems to watch out for, including diabetes, eye problems, ear problems, and von Willebrand disease (blood disease). Pet dog insurance can help you meet these and other medical emergency expenses.

Final word

A Miniature Schnauzer can make a great addition to the family home, as they’re adaptable, affectionate, intelligent and highly entertaining pets. However, given their history as ratters, Miniature Schnauzers have a high prey drive and will chase small pets in the household, like birds, rabbits and rodents and even cats, so early socialization and exposure are important if you’re all going to live as one happy family.