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Miniature Schnauzer Temperament

Miniature Schnauzer

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Miniature Schnauzer Information and Breed Notes

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The Miniature Schnauzer Temperament is Alert,Friendly,Eager,Curious and Playful

Miniature Schnauzer Temperament

The Miniature is less assertive than its larger cousins and are  inherently friendly .

They are busy dogs by nature with a sense of their own worth, always eager to be included in the activities going on around them, whether that be a rough and tumble game of football with the kids or just snuggling up on the sofa whilst their owner quietly reads the paper.  For this reason they are a particularly good dog for elderly owners who have grand children.

Being a small breed they are well suited to apartment living, but any owner will have to curb their vocal enthusiasm as these dogs love to bark, so plenty of exercise and a good training regime will work wonders.

The Miniature Schnauzer’s temperament  means that they are quick and eager to learn but with a stubborn streak, so you always need to keep this little scamp interested.

 Description: Miniature Schnauzers are small and robust, resembling their larger cousin the Standard Schnauzer and are almost square in their proportions of body length to height. They have a keen alert countenance, medium sized oval eyes with large bushy brows and are particularly distinguished by their rather splendid moustache and chin whiskers.

The Mini has the appearance of a rather dapper gentleman, their easy wash and go style makes them clean and attractive and they are a good dog for allergy sufferers or simply those who hate spending their life hoovering up dog hair.

Children: Good when raised with them can be quite intuitive knowing when to be gentle and when its ok to be boisterous. Check out these other dog breeds that are good with children

Other animals and Pets: They get on really well with other dogs and make ideal companions and even other animals, they do however retain a keen hunting instinct for mice and rats.

Exercise: Moderate daily walk or good play session , prone to weight gain so regular exercise is important

Protection level: A very vocal breed , will bark at the slightest of noises make excellent watchdogs, loyal and protective towards family.

Coat: Double coat, hard wiry outer with a soft undercoat

Grooming: Quite extensive, weekly brushing, with hand stripping or clipping every two months. Schnauzers are considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues: Major health concerns for the breed include congential cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy, also bladder stones may be a problem. Prone to tooth decay so regular cleaning and sheduled vet visits are important if you dont want  your little dog to be gumming it in middle age.

Always ensure you have adequate pet insurance and buy only from a reputable breeder

The Perfect Owner Is:

Active, affectionate and confident, who enjoys playing,training and grooming. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.


The Miniature Schnauzer is thought to have been developed out of the Standard Schnauzer and either the Affenpinscher or possibly the Poodle. the idea being to retain the hunting prowess of the standard but also develop characteristics that would make it an acceptable house pet. Originally a German breed developed for farm use as an expert ratter the Miniature was recognized as being a separate breed from the Standard in 1899 with the American Kennel Club following suit in 1933.

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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