Miniature Schnauzer Breed Temperament and Profile
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog with a whole lot of heart that is always in the top 20 most popular breeds in the U.S., UK, and Germany. The Miniature Schnauzer is a cross between the Standard Schnauzer, the Affenpinscher, and it is said the Poodle. It’s also known as Zwergschnauzer, Mini Schnauzer and Dwarf Schnauzer. This breed is original from Germany. The Miniature Schnauzer does very well in killing rats which is what he was commonly used for, and does well in hunting, tracking, competitive obedience, and performing tricks which he is known for.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small, sturdily built dog. The body is square and in proportion. The strong head is rectangular in shape. The width of the head gets slightly smaller from the ears to the eyes.
Miniature Schnauzers are sturdy and don’t look like toy dogs by any stretch of the imagination. They are usually 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder. Weight ranges from 11 to 20 pounds.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a soft, thick undercoat and a rugged, wiry outer coat which is solid black or salt-and-pepper colored. The coat is longer on the chin and face, forming eyebrows and a beard. The Miniature Schnauzer sheds little.
The Miniature Schnauzer is even-tempered and an eager, intelligent learner. It is brave and fun, making and an excellent companion. Miniature Schnauzers are loyal, protective, and alert, but do not make good guard dogs due to their size. At times, they may be pushy if they don’t know who’s boss.
The Miniature Schnauzer can have troubles with other dogs, however if properly trained and socialized; this breed can do all right. This breed should be supervised around small children, and does best with older children and more respectable children. The Schnauzer can be combative with other dogs, however if raised with them this breed can do well. They are not recommended for a home with smaller animals such as the cat as they have the tendency to chase them.
Miniature Schnauzers are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Miniature Schnauzers will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Urinary Stones
- Myotonia Congenita
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Congenital Megaesophagus
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Though the Miniature Schnauzer learns fast, it has a slight stubborn streak. Training must be fair and consistent and should not be overly repetitious. Miniature Schnauzers are responsive to the sound of their handler’s voice. They are versatile, and can learn a variety of activities such as hunting, retrieving, and herding.
The Miniature Schnauzer should be brushed regularly to prevent matting or tangling, however is fairly easy to comb through. This breed should be clipped professionally twice a year, however is not required if brushed regularly. Professional plucking is required on the coat of this breed. The coat of this breed, while it can still become tangled and/or matted, has a fairly tangle resistant coat. The Miniature Schnauzer sheds little to no hair making him ideal for a family with allergies.