Description: Bred as mousers and watchdogs, Miniature Schnauzers take seriously the role of protector of the home. These lively, intelligent, attentive, willful, vigilant, untiring dogs are untiring and loyal to their family/owners/handlers, but can be stubborn. Miniature Schnauzers are alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. They are friendly and willing to please. Beware of these dogs’ dominant tendencies.
Other Names: Zwergschnauzer
Height: 13 - 14 inches
Weight: 13 - 15 lbs.
Colors: Pure black, or pepper and salt.
Coat: Harsh, hard, and wiry.
Temperament: Lively, very friendly, affectionate
With Children: Yes
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Vermin destroyer, watchdog and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Brush or comb the wiry coat daily or it will become matted. Clip out knots. He should be clipped all over twice a year. Trim around the eyes and ears with blunt-nosed scissors and clean whiskers after meals. Needs long, brisk, daily walks and loves to play off leash.
Training: Needs a confident handler who is fair and consistency. Schnauzers have a mind of their own and need variety as opposed to repetition.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Medium
Living Environment: City or country he is an ideal pet for any setting.
Health Issues: Bladder stones, liver diseases, skin disorders and cysts.
Life Span: 12 - 14 Years
Litter Size: 3 - 6
Country of Origin: Germany
History: His actual roots are uncertain, but their is speculation that the black Poodle, the wolf-spitz and a rough coated German terrier are breeds which may have played a part in his early development. He was primarily used for herding, protecting the flocks as well as a watchdog.
First Registered by the AKC: 1926
AKC Group: Non-Sporting Group