Miniature Schnauzer Overview
Schnauzers have always been popular in Germany and have included various sizes. There was no size breed standard, as the smaller dogs were used for vermin while the larger dogs hunted bigger game. The Miniature was created when breed standards became popular, and the smallest standards were bred with other small breed dogs to create a popular companion.
Miniature Schnauzer Characteristics
The Mini Schnauzer retains the same look and characteristics as his larger cousins. They feature a salt and pepper wiry coat with characteristic cropped or droopy ears and long beard. They are alean and solid dogs that are active and charming like their larger relatives.
Miniature Schnauzer Temperament
The dog breed is sociable, rugged and alert, making him a friendly companion that is also a good watchdog His intelligence and devotion make him easily trainable. The Mini Schnauzer loves to be the center of attention and will most likely be found where everyone else is. He loves to play, especially with children and other dogs.
Miniature Schnauzer Care
Mini Schnauzers will live on average 15 or more years, typical for toy sized dogs. His health issues include allergies to both environment and food, canine neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis (lysosome storage disorder), Cushing’s Syndrome, diabetes, epilepsy, liver shunts, myotonia congenita, pancreatitis, progressive retinal atrophy, renal dysplasia, retinal dysplasia and bladder stones. Keeping the Mini Schnauzer’s health in top condition is important for preventing and treating the large list of diseases.
Miniature Schnauzer Coat
Like his larger cousins, the Mini Schnauzer’s coat requires stripping and clipping to keep it in order. Show style dogs will have a more dramatic cut, while family pets may retain an all-over coat. The beard of the Mini should also be trimmed to keep it in order.
Miniature Schnauzer Training
Intelligent, the Mini Schnauzer learns quickly. Rewards will encourage him to pick up new tricks and he’ll happily learn whatever is asked of him. The Mini Schnauzer is eager to please and perform any task.
Miniature Schnauzer Activity
Daily exercise is a must to control the high amount of energy and intelligence in the Mini Schnauzer. Failure to provide enough mental and physical stimulation can lead to boredom and destructive behaviors.