Learn about the temperament and personality of the Miniature Schnauzer. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of Miniature Schnauzer photos.
The Miniature Schnauzer has the typical terrier temperament: relentless, energetic, brave, alert, curious, scrappy, bossy, and feisty. He's also friendly and willing to please you. Even though he's small in size he's very sturdy and tough. He's quick to argue with other dogs and won't back down from a confrontation (even if the other dog is much bigger and meaner than him!). He's highly intelligent and quick to learn, one of the easiest breeds to train. He loves it when you play with him. His chasing instinct is very strong so he will chase any small creature that catches his eye. He won't put up with abuse from disrespectful children and might snap at them if they tease him. But he's good with respectful children. He gives lots of love to his family and is very affectionate. He wants to participate in all family activities! He will follow you wherever you go and do whatever you do. He loves to sleep with you on your bed. He likes to dig in the yard. He's highly alert and quick to bark at anything out of place, so he makes an excellent watch dog. He's one of the top 20 most popular breeds in the United States.
Miniature Schnauzer Training
The Miniature Schnauzer is very intelligent and easy to train. He learns new commands very fast.
Miniature Schnauzer Shedding
The Miniature Schnauzer sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!
Miniature Schnauzer Grooming
Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Strip his coat every six months and brush it daily.
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.