Some of the top attributes of the miniature schnauzer.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a sturdy, muscular dog with pure elegance. Completely devoted to its family, obedient, and quick to learn the Schnauzer is spunky and fearless. These watchful, lively and energetic dogs are also friendly, intelligent, and willing to please. They do well living in the city or the country and can quickly adapt to any new environment. The only real need of this wonderful dog breed and companion is a sense of family. The Miniature Schnauzer must live as part of its family unit in order for it to really be happy.
The Miniature Schnauzer is………….
- Non Shedding and hypoallergenic;
This makes Schnauzers popular with dog lovers suffering from pet allergies as well as people who don’t want to spend all their free time vacuuming the carpets and furniture!
- Over the years this breed has ranked number 10-15 in most popular breeds of all breeds
- Ranks in the top 11-15 of most intelligent breeds!
- Extremely loyal “people dogs”, lovable nature, easy to live with
- Great with children & other pets
- Moderate grooming requirements;
Brushing a couple of times per week and a full grooming every 6-8 weeks will keep this breed tip top
- Adaptable to many environments or family type. While this breed loves to go for walks & have a place to run, they are very adaptable to various life styles from condo life to farm life however, it is important that some routine exercise is provided.
- Long life expectancy. Life Span of 12-15 years and can go beyond with a quality blood line and lifelong proper nutrition
Here we will go on to learn the specifics of this breed by looking at the Miniature Schnauzer breed standard
It is quit lengthy so I will just be adding links here;
AKC miniature schnauzer breed standard;
Next is a short video about all three schnauzer breeds from the Miniature to the Standard and on to the largest of the three the Giant Schnauzer; Here at Classic Mini Schnauzers we only have and raise the Miniature Schnauzer.
Again, this 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 an canine, and even give space to the family cat. Although not know 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 regard. 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 you 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 form 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 equally loveable.” Pictured below are my precious mother & daughter, Kohlie (left) and Paris (right)