The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds. They are distinguished by their long walrus-like beard and bushy eyebrows. Miniature Schnauzers have no idea how small they are and will often talk smack to a dog of larger size with their terrier spunkiness. Their personality is extroverted and quite humorous to anyone that is caring for them. Miniature Schnauzers will be protective of their loved ones and suspicious of strangers until you let them know they are welcome. They excel at learning tricks and can be stubborn, at times pretending that they can’t hear your commands. Miniature Schnauzers are a fine addition to any family.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Miniature Schnauzers are known for remaining fairly active in the house, whether it's playing with toys or following you from room to room, rest assured that you'll always have your little friend by your side. It's recommended that you crate train your Schnauzer to allow them that extra space to retreat for a nap and/or to prepare them for travel. They need about 45 minutes of exercise per day, this allowing them to properly rest and remain well-tempered.
Common Health Issues
Miniature Schnauzers are prone to: Cataracts, Entropion, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrand's Disease, Congenital Megaesophagus.