A miniature schnauzer is a dog that is small in stature but has a big personality. They range in weight from 11 to 20 pounds and in height 12 to 14 inches. Their appearance is sturdy and robust. They come in three colors that are recognized by the American Kennel Club which are Salt and Pepper, Black, and Black and Silver. They have a hypoallergenic coat that sheds very little. They have two coats; one is the wiry coat with an undercoat that is soft. When hand stripped for the show ring they keep a wiry coat. When groomed as a pet they will have a softer coat. They do require routine brushing and grooming.
In the United States we still crop the tail and for the show ring crop ears. Many Americans are moving away from cropped ears for they had no utilitarian purpose other than being thought of as attractive, whereas the tail being docked was to keep it from being injured in the field in Germany as it was hunting vermin. It is against regulations internationally to crop the tail and ears. The miniature schnauzer can be barky and have high energy. They do need exercise and walks.
This breed gets very attached to its human companion and wants to please. Therefore, this breed is very trainable and has a very high intelligence. They can give new meaning to the idea of smart dog. If you do not want to be out witted by a dog than this breed may not be for you. Although their intellect and basic desire to please makes them easy to train, they also can attempt to manipulate people in doing things their way. I call this the “Schnauzer deaf ear”. Some miniature schnauzers are persistent in having things their way or the highway, but when that persistence is delivered with such grace, it’s hard not to laugh and smile.
The miniature schnauzer is very good with children and tends to be protective of its people family. If this breed is bred correctly it does not tend to have aggression issues. The breed is very adaptable to its living arrangements it can live in an apartment or a house with a yard as long as it gets routine exercise. A tired dog is a happy dog.