Miniature Schnauzer Characteristics

Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer Training

Miniature Schnauzers are often described as non-moulting dogs, and while this is not entirely true, their shedding is minimal and generally unnoticeable. They are characterized by a rectangular head with bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows; teeth that meet in a “scissor bite”; oval and dark colored eyes; and v-shaped, natural forward-folding ears (when cropped, the ears point straight upward and come to a sharp point). Their tails are naturally thin and short, and may be docked (where permitted). They will also have very straight, rigid front legs, and feet that are short and round (so-called “cat feet”) with thick, black pads.

Docking of tails and cropping of ears has become a controversial practice, especially for non-working dogs, and is now illegal or restricted in a number of countries worldwide.

Miniature Schnauzer Facts

Country of origin Germany
Weight Male 11 to 18 lb (5.0 to 8.2 kg)
Female 10 to 15 lb (4.5 to 6.8 kg)
Height Male 14 in (35.6 cm)
Female 13 in (33.0 cm)
Coat Harsh and wiry when hand stripped, soft and curly when unclipped
Color Black, salt-and-pepper, black-and-silver, white

Miniature Schnauzer Temperament

The American Kennel Club breed standard describes temperament as “alert and spirited, yet obedient to command… friendly, intelligent and willing to please… never overaggressive or timid.” Usually easy to train, they tend to be excellent watchdogs with a good territorial instinct, but more inclined toward barking than biting. They are often aloof with strangers until the owners of the home welcome the guest, upon which they are typically very friendly to them.

They are highly playful dogs, and, if not given the outlet required for their energy, they can become bored and invent their own “fun”. Miniature Schnauzers can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball, and tracking. Schnauzers have a high prey drive, which means they may attack other small pets such as birds, snakes, and rodents. Many will also attack cats, but this may be curbed with training, or if the dog is raised with cats.

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Miniature Schnauzer Training

House training your Miniature Schnauzer should be easy just so long as you are clear in what you want from them – so make and keep a schedule. Use a crate for safety as well, since puppies are not safe at home alone! There are many dangers for a curious pup to get into when he is alone.

Your Miniature Schnauzer will learn fast and given the proper basic obedience training can get involved in agility training and even competitive flyball!

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The following behaviors can become a problem in the Miniature Schanuzer:

  1. Digging (see How to Stop Dogs from Digging)
  2. Garbage and food stealing
  3. Potty issues

How to Train a Miniature Schnauzer

  1. One word commands
  2. Say the command only once
  3. Correct bad behavior. Immediately say “no” then say nothing and then ignore.
  4. Reward obedience within 3-5 seconds (a treat and a verbal praise with a pat).
  5. Be consistent, don’t correct for something and then allow it later – this is confusing.
  6. Never yell, hit, kick or punish.

Use a kind voice – firm, but kind! You should remember that yelling is in appropriate.

Video: How to Select  a Miniature Schnauzer


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