The Miniature Schnauzer is one of the three Schnauzer types. They were first bred in Germany back in the late 1800’s. They were developed by crossing between a standard Schnauzer, Affenpinscher and Poodle. They are a good rat catching dog and excellent guard dog. The name Schnauzer means “small beard”. Both the miniature Schnauzer and standard Schnauzer were classes as one breed until 1933.
Schnauzers are playful and alert dogs. They have a tendency to bark when they hear noise, so maybe the “quiet” command should be one of the first things you teach them. They are very trainable and will pick things up fast, but they can be stubborn at times. They are the least stubborn of all the Terrier breeds, but will still need a firm hand when being trained. They are friendly towards other dogs, children and strangers and possibly other pets if raised together. They are less aggressive than most terriers and seem to be mostly bark rather than bite. They are a playful breed that will take a while to fully mature. They act like puppies for the first couple of years but after this they do settle down.
This breed is highly energetic and will need regular walks to keep them stimulated and happy. If they get bored they will invent their own fun, usually this means chewing up something of yours. They do well in agility competitions and Flyball. They love pleasing their owners. They are very affectionate towards their families and will often curl up on the sofa next to you after a walk.
Schnauzer will need clipping or stripping a couple of times per year and brushing 2-3 times a week. Stripping is usually left for show dogs whereas pets are clipped. THey are sometimes called non-moulting dogs, though this isn’t true. What is true is that their moulting is minimal, almost unnoticeable. Generally a healthy breed, schnauzers should have their ears dried after swimming as they can be more prone to ear infections.
This is a playful and companionable breed. There can be big differences between individuals, some will be more playful and some may be straight up not interested in playing. Most, however, do enjoy a nice long walk followed by a snooze in their beds. They are happy around their families but don’t really seem to care for newcomers. They make good watchdogs.
Miniature Schnauzers can suffer from canine hip dysplasia (CHD), luxating patellar (dislocation of the knee cap), Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (breakdown of the femoral head which can cause lameness and joint swelling), cataracts, urinary stones, digestive diseases, metabolic diseases, blood clotting disease, skin problems, and diabetes.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years
- Weight: 11 - 18 lbs
- Height: 12 - 14"
- Rare: No
- Coat: Medium
- Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
- Town or Country: Either
- Minimum Home Size: Flat
- Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
- Breed Type: Companion Dog
- Size: Small
- Energy Level: Medium
- Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour
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