The Not-So Miniature Schnauzer
One of the first things that you will notice when you meet a Miniature Schnauzer is that this pint-sized dog has no idea that he or she is actually a little dog. The Miniature Schnauzer’s personality is anything but small and the true nature of the breed makes for a fun, active and very smart pet.
There are actually three different sizes of Schnauzers: the Giant, the Standard and the Miniature. All have the same natural abilities as excellent trackers, hunters, agility dogs and high-level competitors in obedience work. The size difference is really the big issue, with the Miniature measuring about 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 10 and 15 pounds when fully grown.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a dense double coat that is wiry in appearance and to the touch. They are light shedders year round and have very demanding grooming requirements. The coat comes in a variety of colors including solid black, white, silver and black and salt and pepper. Although historically the tail and ears of the Miniature Schnauzer have been cropped and docked, this is less and less considered appropriate and it is very common to see longer, nature tails and ears on these dogs in and out of the show ring.
Solid, athletic and active the Miniature Schnauzer is a great pet for an active family. They love to be outside and the breed is known for a high prey drive and a tendency to chase so socialization with kids, small animals and other dogs are vital. When socialized, they do very well with other canines and cats in the family. Kids will enjoy the spunky Schnauzer and the dog is always up for play time. Very intelligent, the Schnauzer can get easily bored with the same training routine. Changing things up and giving the dog challenges is one way to keep training interesting for you both and help strengthen your bond.