The long eyebrows of a Miniature Schnauzer give it a keen facial expression. This cute, non-shedding, small dog is friendly by nature and makes a great companion for the elderly. Easily adapts to different living conditions and make good pets for apartment and condo dwellers. Schnauzers can be demanding for game playing making them very good with children. Due to their inquisitive nature, they should be kept on leash or in the confines of a fenced yard for their safety.
Grooming: The non-shedding, double coat of a Schnauzer needs trimming or stripping by a professional groomer every 6 to 8 weeks. Needs brushings every few days to prevent matting. Clip the knots.
Social Skills: This friendly little dog gets along with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very devoted to its owner, Schnauzers are very inquisitive, playful, and affectionate. Considered less aggressive than most other terriers. They make good companions or family pets for both house and apartment dwellers. Very good watchdogs.
Children: Very good with all respectful children.
Housing: Very active, but easily adapts to any indoor living conditions. Ideal for apartments and condo living. Make fine pets for the elderly.
Exercise: High energy. Loves neighborhood walks and play in the yard. Due to their inquisitive nature, need to remain on leash or in fenced areas when taken outdoors for their safety.
Training: Highly intelligent. Trains easily, obedient, and willing to please.
Health: Eye problems, skin disorders, cysts and kidney stones. More information on Miniature Schnauzer inherited health disorders.
History: The Miniature Schnauzer, recognized since the 1400s, is believed to be of German origin and was bred to kill vermin and rats. They also tended to livestock and were watchdogs. The name Schnauzer was derived from the German word Schnauze which means muzzle. The miniature version is thought to be the creation of the Affenpinscher and Standard Schnauzer.