The Miniature Schnauzer Dog Breed is the most popular breed of Schnauzer. They are also one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. Like many small to medium sized breeds of the mid 19th Century they were bred as ratters and guard dogs.
Their qualities were used across many farms in Germany at the time. Being obedient and having a very calm and composed demeanor led to their success as guard dogs.
Is the Miniature Schnauzer for you?
As a pet, the Miniature Schnauzer is an ideal choice. They are one of the best dogs when it comes to a training perspective. Their guard dog past leads them to bark a lot. However, with the proper training you should be able to settle your little pooch down.
The Miniature Schnauzer will fit right in with your family if you do not live in a small confined environment. While they can live in these areas the barking may keep you and your neighbors up at night.
Based on these characteristics, we give the Miniature Schnauzer a rating of 9 out of 10 on our Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker.
The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:
- Willingness to be Trained
- How Comfortable they are around People
- Ability to live in a Household Environment.
The Miniature Schnauzer has several different color variations. These include salt and pepper, silver and black, fully black, and fully white. The most common tends to be the salt and pepper variety.
When we look at the Miniature Schnauzers’ height we see them come in between 11-14 inches tall. As for their weight Miniature Schnauzers fall somewhere in the range of 11-20 pounds. This is a relatively wide range of weight for a smaller dog.
When you look at the full picture, the Miniature Schnauzer is one of the best household dogs. They are usually friendly with people that are welcomed into the owners’ home.
Also, Miniature Schnauzers will usually bark before they bite. This fact shows that with a Miniature Schnauzer you and your guests will avoid bite marks. Check out other dog breeds on our list.