Written by Ella White
Smart and sociable, the Miniature Schnauzer is a popular dog breed thanks to its small size and adaptability to most living situations. All these factors are important when choosing the perfect pet for your family – but you also need to understand your chosen breed’s personality traits to ensure that you’ll get on and your dog will fit into your lifestyle.
So, if you’re thinking about owning a Miniature Schnauzer, this is what you need to know about their traits and characteristics.
The Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred in Germany in the 19th century as a rat catcher on farms. The name Schnauzer translates as ‘beard’, in reference to the breed’s long fur around the mouth and chin.
A terrier breed descended from Standard Schnauzers and Affenpinschers, Miniature Schnauzer – as its name suggests – is the smallest of the Schnauzer family. Known for its cheerful personality and loyal companionship, they were once the third most popular dog breed in the USA.
All dogs have their own unique personality, but some breeds can be more predictable than others. When it comes to Miniature Schnauzers, the personality of each dog can vary widely, from serious and introverted to playful extroverts.
As a terrier breed, some can be scrappy and independent with a lot of energy. While others have been known to be calm and gentle. In short – it’s hard to predict exactly what the personality of your Miniature Schnauzer will be like.
Some traits that most Miniature Schnauzers do have in common, though, include obedience, intelligence, quick learning, a fun nature, and a strong devotion to their family.
The best way to understand whether your Miniature Schnauzers personality will fit in with your family is to rescue or adopt an older dog from a shelter, as you will be able to understand their temperament when you meet them. If you’re buying a puppy from a breeder, meeting your new dog’s parents might help you understand what their personality could be like.
While it’s much easier to predict the physical traits than the personality traits, there is an opportunity to mold the characteristics of a young dog. For example, with dedicated training a yappy dog can be taught not to bark and an anxious dog can be trained out of their fears.
One of the things that makes Miniature Schnauzers so popular is their adaptability. They’re just as happy living in a city apartment as they are in a large country house, which makes them a great fit for dog lovers without much space.
Miniature Schnauzers get on well with children and don’t fear other animals – although their terrier traits can make some aggressive towards other animals if they’re not trained out of it at a young age. Socialization as a puppy is essential to their relationship with other animals.
Despite this, Miniature Schnauzers are essentially very sociable animals that love to spend time with their families. They need moderate exercise and lots of play and attention at home, but they’re mostly happy to join their owners in whatever they’re doing, whether that’s spending time outdoors or lounging on the sofa.
They’re also a great fit for families with allergies, as the Miniature Schnauzer’s coat doesn’t shed. They do, however, need regular brushing to keep it sleek and clean.
If your family is active and doesn’t spend long hours out of the house leaving your dog alone, then a Miniature Schnauzer could be a great pet for you. If you live in a smaller home and would prefer a pet that won’t shed and require constant vacuuming, then a Miniature Schnauzer is also a great choice.
Though usually polite and friendly with people and other pets, this breed can instinctively act as a watchdog prone barking and chasing. But as long as you can be around enough to prevent boredom and give your Miniature Schnauzer the mental and physical stimulation they need to remain healthy then they’ll make a relatively easy family pet. Just don’t fall for their feisty, stubborn streak!