Miniature Schnauzers - A Great Choice For A Family Pet

The Miniature Schnauzer is one of the best pets to own. In my opinion, they are the best. I may be a little biased being that I love mine so much. His name is Skip. He was named after the movie, " My Dog Skip". My children had recently seen the movie and wanted to name him after that dog. Skip is actually the second MS we have had. Our first MS was named Lucky. Unfortunately, he was not so lucky. He was hit by a car when he was only 11 months old. The owner of the car never stopped. It devastated us and was traumatic for my children. At that time, they where only six and eleven. It was tough and very emotional to get over this. A couple of months later my husband came through the door carrying a little angelic bundle of fur. My son was lying on the couch watching tv unaware of what his dad had brought through the door. My husband walked over to the couch and placed this little puppy on my son's chest. The expression on his face was priceless. I will never forget that moment. It is one of the best memories I have of my children when they where young. It was a wonderful day.

After Lucky's death, I told myself I would never get attached to another animal again. Well, let me tell you, I never had a chance. I could not help but fall in love with this sweet baby. Schnauzers have a way of getting into your heart before you realize what is happening. He is just like one of the family now. I love him more than I could ever explain. I always thought that people who talked about their pets as if they were human seemed a little weird or maybe even a little wacko. Now, I understand how they felt. I talk to mine like he is human and he thinks he is too. Therefore, I guess I must be one of those wackos now. That's okay though, I'm not ashamed.

I'm not sure if it's because I am a mother and he senses my mothering love for my children, but he is constantly by my side. As soon as I come in the door from work, he greets me with what I know is a smile on his face. He is protectively at my side until bedtime. If I get up, he gets up. He cheerfully follows me from room to room. I can not tell you how many times I have almost stepped on him or tripped over him because of how close he follows me. Skip also knows the word "treat". You can say treat and his ears will stick straight up. Sometimes, we say it over and over just to see him do that thing with his ears. It's so funny. I must say though, he is a treat loving dog. He lives, breaths, and dreams about his treats.

I will provide a little information on Miniature Schnauzers. This will be just a brief summary of the information I have learned about this breed while doing my research. There is much more information about them out there.

Origin & History

The Miniature Schnauzer originated in the 1800's in Germany. From the research I have learned, it is believed they originated by breeding the standard schnauzer to smaller breeds such as the affenpinscher, poodle or the miniature pinscher. They were used as farm dogs. MS were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926. After World War 2, they quickly became one of the most popular breeds in America. They are ranked as the 10th most popular breed in the United States.


There are three sizes recognized by the American Kennel Club; Giant, Standard and Miniature. The Miniature Schnauzer has a small sturdy rectangular body.They have bushy eyebrows, beard and mustache. My children say the thick hairy eyebrows make him look like an old man in the face. There are only three colors that are recognized by the AKC: salt-and-pepper, black-and-silver, and solid black. There are other colors of the MS such as white, parti, chocolate and liver. However, these breeds are not recognized by a legitimate club. ( That's not nice!) This just means they can not be shown in conformation shows.They measure about 12 to 15 inches tall. Females usually weighs between 11 and 15 lbs. Males between 14 to 18 lbs. My baby weighs a little more than this. His weight is usually about 20-22 lbs. He loves those treats! The basic Schnauzer cut is when the coat is trimmed short on the body and, the hair on the legs, ears, and edge of body are kept longer. The tail is usually docked and sets high and erect. MS have feet that are short and round which have been referred to as "cat feet". Sometimes, Skip will show a cat-like trait. He will jump up on the back of couch as a cat would do.

Personality & Temperament

MS are extremely affectionate dogs and become very attached to their owners. They like to be involved with whatever you are doing. They love attention and love to give it as well. MS are energetic, alert, and highly spirited, and can easily be taught to be obedient. They are super intelligent and desire to please you. They can also be "talkers". What I mean by this is they can be vocal. For example, when you leave them and return home, they may sometimes greet you with a kind of "woo-woo" grunt sound. This sound is a way of informing you they are so happy you returned. They are also good watchdogs; therefore, they become very protective of their owners. If not trained in the beginning, they will bark at the slightest noise. We obviously did not do our job very well at training Skip because he barks when the wind blows! They can also be a little feisty with other dogs. They may attack dogs that are larger than themselves. They may develop "small dog syndrome". When I first came across this, I thought it was a joke. However, it is not because Skip has it! SDS is when we humans allow the the dog to own the home. It can lead to behavior problems, such as separation anxiety, nervous barking, excessive guarding,and more willing to attack other dogs. I have learned that it is very important to socialize them well with people and other dogs from the beginning. I will definitely do this with the next Schnauzer.


There are a few things that you need to be aware of. MS may develop canine diabetes, pancreatitis, schnauzer bumps, and skin disorders. Possibly, you can prevent most of these by keeping them on a low-fat diet. Of course, this should be started in the beginning, because once they are older it is much harder to change their eating habits.

Most importantly, MS will give you abounding love and devotion and expect it back. They have a way of making you give them what they want but they greatly reward you for it with the love they give you in return. I believe you can't go wrong with this type of breed and if you ever have the privilege to own one, you will understand and possibly become one of those dog loving wacko people.

Skip before his haircut
Skip before his haircut

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terrowhite 6 years ago

Awwwww!!! this is so cute.. I wish I could own one as well for my family .. loved ya!

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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi Author

You should get one! They are precious. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Awesome! Beautiful little dogs. I have an irreplaceable Maltese named Hercules my self. Thanks for the information and the pleasurable read.

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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi Author

Thank you so much James. I appreciate your kind words. Maltese dogs are precious! I know you love yours as much as I love mine!

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

A friend has a schnauzer named Bailey. He's great!

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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi Author

They really are adorable little creatures. I would love to have another one!

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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

My uncle and aunt had two Miniature Schnauzer's. Those dogs had the awesomest personality ever. Someday I will have one.

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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi Author


Yes, they do have a great personality. I think most schnauzers think they are human just like us. They are funny and so adorable! Thanks so much for your comment.

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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

I have a puppy princess that is a mix between a miniature schnauzer and a miniature pinscher. She runs the house or at least she thinks she does.

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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi Author

I bet she is precious! Mine does run the house and thinks he is human just like us. They are so funny! Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate it!

crystal 6 years ago

I have 2 schnauzers and yes they do think they are Human!!! I love my babies!

Joanne 6 years ago

My son & I have just been given a MS for our birthdays. he is a 6month old puppy called bailey & has stole my heart straight away. he is already showing lots of the signs you have spoken about and i am looking forward to spending lots of time enjoying him. your words of wisdom are greately appreciated.

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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi Author

Thanks for the sweet comment. Yes, they do get in your heart really quick! Anyone that I have ever known that has owned a MS has said the same thing. I just got a new one and she already thinks she rules the house!

Harley 6 years ago

My MS Harley can be very jealous. The other night a friend of mine crashed on the couch(which is where he sleeps at night). The next morning he couldn't find his keys...Harley had hid them behind the sofa. It took him forever to find those keys. We still sit back and laugh at that.

Javier M 6 years ago

Great to read your review, I got my schnauzer puppy just one month ago and he has already taken our hearts. Super smart, loving, playful.

Want to get the female now, lol...

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rls8994 5 years ago from Mississippi Author

Thanks for your comment Javier. I now have two MS. I got Chloe in September of 2010. I have to say that I believe the females have more energy than the males. She keeps us busy and gets in to everything but we still love her!

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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I had no idea that such a small dog could be so affectionate and intelligent. I know that sounds silly, but most small dogs I have met are nervous little yappers that are hard to befriend. What I love most about dogs is that most of them are very loyal. You are very blessed to have such a loving and dedicated animal that never leaves your side. Makes me want one too.

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rls8994 5 years ago from Mississippi Author

Alexander Mark

They really are precious and so loving and extremely loyal. It's hard not spoiling them. You really should consider owning one. I know it would steal your heart! Thanks so much for your nice comment!

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gracenotes 5 years ago from North Texas

Another good hub about this marvelous breed. Also, I know all of the MS that live in this neighborhood. I never could understand why any mini schnauzer owner would apologize because they have a white schnauzer, and "that's not an accepted color by the AKC"!! My neighbor has the white schnauzer, Cookie. She generally does not seem to like other dogs, but she likes Meadow everytime she sees her. She knows her own kind. Haha

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rls8994 5 years ago from Mississippi Author

Hi Gracenotes, I do believe they do know their own kind. We have let Skip be around other breeds of dogs and it didn't go to well. However, when we brought Chloe home he never seemed angry or bothered by it. They play well together, although Skip does like his alone time and does try and get away from all her energy at times. I think the white schnauzer is beautiful and would love to own one someday. Thanks so much for your comment!

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gracenotes 5 years ago from North Texas

Good information. I appreciate it. When picking out Meadow, who was selected from a rescue organization, I went to a "meet and greet" at Petco. Since I have a toy poodle, I needed to see the different schnauzers' reactions (they had about 8 of them ready to adopt) to her. The first schnauzer did not like Tessy at all. When I introduced Meadow to Tessy, Meadow did not bark, growl, or anything. I held the two of them together for a good 45 minutes, while sitting on gigantic stacks of dog food. Meadow barked during this time at large dog breeds who were also in the store, but never at Tessy. That's how I made my pick. There was some adjustment for the first few months (which is always the case with two females), but now the two of them are BFF's!

Frankly, you've got a male and a female, and that's probably the best combination of all, assuming they are neutered and spayed. That combination always worked well for me.

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rls8994 5 years ago from Mississippi Author

They do seem to get along good most of the time. Skip is old and set in his ways and I do think she gets on his nerves sometimes but I also think he enjoys the company when we're gone. Skip has been neutered. With Chloe, I haven't yet decided about her. I'm thinking of having her breed with another schnauzer although I've heard it's best to wait until she's about 2 years old. I'm going to look into that a little more. The only problem though, I know I would want to keep all the puppies for myself! :)

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gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

I'm with you. The best Dog I have ever had growing up.

Thanks for SHARING

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rls8994 4 years ago from Mississippi Author


They are very precious. I love my schnauzers! Thanks so much for reading :)

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laurathegentleman 4 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

I love these dogs! I'm hoping to get one once I've graduated from college - I've read that they are a relatively hypoallergenic breed, and they are sweet little creatures!

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rls8994 4 years ago from Mississippi Author

You will love them I promise! They are so sweet and loving and very loyal. I have two now and they are my babies. Thanks so much for your comment :)

ufdg;viad 4 years ago

My MS is a hyper little dog that is always on the run. I get worn out playing fetch with Micki. Her nick-named her Micki Mouse cuz before we got a chance to name her she caught a mouse.

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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

What a great article about miniature schnauzers. I got my dog for my kids and thought it would feel only like one more responsibility but you are so right that they have a way of getting into your heart.They do let you know what you want but give unconditional love in return. Voted up!

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rls8994 4 years ago from Mississippi Author

I was like you too. I figured it would just be something else that I would have to take care of. Little did I know how much I was going to fall in love with them. They definitely know how to get their way but they reward you greatly with their sweet irresistable love. Thank you so much for reading my article and your sweet comment :)

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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

You have a very beautiful dog. Thanks for sharing this very informative hub. I hope I´ll have this miniature schnauzer at home with my cavalier king charles dog, Angus. Happy sunday to you.

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rls8994 2 years ago from Mississippi Author

Thelma Alberts

Thank you so much. He was the sweetest, most precious dog I have ever had. He was just like my child. Unfortunately, he passed away right before Christmas. I miss him so much. Thank you for reading my hub and your sweet comment! :)

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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Skip is absolutely adorable! Before that haircut, Skip was a bit of a hippie boy. LOL I am glad you opened your heart again to a new dog. I think it's the same as we say about our kids. On the first child, you think, how can I love another child as I do this one? It inevitable happens and they all have a special place in our hearts. I feel the same about our dogs. I too thought I could never like a dog like my childhood dog. Now I have two adopted black lab mixes that have stolen my heart. Thanks for an informative and enjoyable hub on the Mini Schnauzer.

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rls8994 2 years ago from Mississippi Author

Yes, he was definitely a hipster on that pic lol. Skip was my baby and I feel like he literally was like my third child as well as my protector. I still miss him so much :( thank you so much for taking the time to read my hub! :)

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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Skip is so sweet. My cousin has one a MS he understands things she says and has his own way of answering her, so you know he understands.

After Trixie our next pup was Pigeon because she let the pigeon my mom saved from an oil slick ride around on her back, a Snoodle (Schnauzer Poodle), Next was Jip a jet black (Cocker Spaniel), then after I got married was Misha (Toy Fox Terrier).

I can understand how you loved Skip.

Voted up, UFABI and shared

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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

My Aunt had pair of these many years ago before her death...they were so lovable and so pleasant to have around. Her son became their new custodian when she died and they adjusted nicely.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps

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rls8994 2 years ago from Mississippi Author

Shyron E Shenko

Thank you and yes, he was the sweetest and most loving and loyal dog I have ever had. He has been gone now for over a year and I still miss him so much :(

Sounds like you have had many sweet dogs to love....I love them all but Schnauzers really have my heart :)

Thank you so much for your sweet comment! :)

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rls8994 2 years ago from Mississippi Author


Thank you for the Angels! :)

They really are such loving little dogs. They seem to just really enjoy being near you. My Skip was very content just being in whatever room I was in :)

Thank you so much for reading and for your sweet comment....sending Angels back to you! :)

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