appearance alone, the Miniature Schnauzer deserves the
popularity he enjoys. It is however his lively, inquisitive
character that launched him e.g. in the US into the top ten
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 one is by nature alert,
friendly, intelligent, vigorous and, most important,
Miniature Schnauzer is of terrier outline with the same beauty
of balance and with the typical style and spirit. But in all
other respects, this breed has a distinct individuality from
the other members of the Terrier Group. Miniature Schnauzers
have the same spirit and showmanship of most terriers, but are
much more responsive to their owners wishes and they are noted
for great intelligence. They do demand human companioship and
have great devotion.
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
Schnauzers intelligence expresses itself in many ways. One
look into his face is to sense his ever-active mind and
fun-loving personality. The learning capacity of the Miniature
Schnauzer is proverbial, and limited only by the patience of
the teacher. 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.
called "the dog with the human brain", their reasoning
faculties are uncanny. Whereas most breeds think in doggy way,
Schnauzers react in a much more human fashion, and in a way we
humans can better understand. Schnauzers are, in fact,
pathetically dependent on human companionship and
understanding. Without it they bcome mistrustful and dull.
Once a Schnauzer makes up his mind about his owner, he seldom
changes his idea of worth. When closeness is achieved, he
gives you his full devotion and from that point on your moods
and your commands are his chief concern.
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. Schnauzers have
good memories and will recognise friends after a long time. As
he is not a jealous dog, he will gladly share his people with
others, both human and canine, and even give space to the
family cat. Although not known 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,
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.
Schnauzers are not by nature aggressive, as are some of their
terrier cousins. They should however be relatively fearles.
Once mature, the Schnauzer has a strongly developed
territorial instinct. He is an ideal guard dog and he defends
vocally rather than physically.
is a meaningful difference between being quick to defend and
quick to attack. A good Schauzer will bark at anyone who may
appear a threat to his home. He barks until 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.
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 will defend them.
the Schnauzer disposition is sweet, loving and loyal, but he
is not at 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 your 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.
enjoy the outdoors in all kind of weather. This need to be a
part of their local surroundings 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
exist quite happily on a moderate amount of exercise, and
therefore are an excellent breed for the city dweller. The
Schnauzer kept mostly indoors would be happiest when provided
with a window or door from which to view the world outside.
The elastic, elegant and strong gait of a Miniature Schnauzes
givey you an impression of his strenghts. Wide reaching front
legs and hind legs with an excellent thrust give the move of
this breed a strong drive. The strong back, joints and tendons
make the Miniature Schnauzer very resilient. Maybe not as a
companion for long hard rides, but definitely as a good
partner for jogging or nice family rides.
a dog or a bitch, the Miniature Schnauzer rates high as a
totally reliable companion. A lot of dog owners might think
that bitches are more affectionate, quieter and more obedient
than a dog. With the Schnauzer in fact, the general
temperament is much more important than the gender. Dog and
bitch are both most loveable.
wire-coated breed such as the Miniature Schnauzer loses most
of its distinction and charm if not kept in a neat,
well-groomed state. This is almost a basic requirement, and
only those who are conscious of these needs should consider
owing a dog of the breed. The wire hair of the Schnauzer coat
is not at all like human hair. It grows for a certain period,
and to a particular lenght and then dies. It does not
immediately shed, as in many breeds, but tends to cling
half-heartedly until it is pulled out in the grooming process.
Althoug there will be regular visits at the dog groomer, it
pays back to get oneselve familiar with the process. This
makes it much easier to keep the dog in shape in between
health and good character should always come first in
selecting a companion dog, but if you are particularly
conscious of the physical attributes of a breed and are
interested in a future involving in showing and breeding, you
will want ot understand what a good Miniature Schnauzer should
about the Miniature Schauzer in the book "The
New Miniature Schnauzer" by Dan Kiedrowski)