Both the male and female members of the Miniature Schnauzer breed normally weigh 13 to 15 lbs., and have a height of about 12 to 14 in at the withers.
The American Kennel Club illustrates the Miniature Schnauzer’s temperament as alert and spirited and can be trained to obey commands. They are typically friendly, bright, and eager to please. They are also known to be neither over-aggressive nor timid. Miniature Schnauzers can be easily trained and tend to make admirable watchdogs. They have an excellent territorial instinct. More often than not, this Terrier breed is aloof with guests until their masters welcome the person. Also, Miniature Schnauzers are very vocal. They often express their greetings, joy, excitement, and even displeasure through barking. The breed generally can get along well with children. Nonetheless, proper socialization with people and other pets is still of high importance. They are extremely playful and have a “high prey drive”. This can be controlled with training, though. Miniature Schnauzers are also known to be capable of competing in dog agility trials, showmanship, tracking, and obedience training.
In order to reduce hair entanglement, Miniature Schnauzers need to be brushed regularly. Professional plucking is also necessary. Clipping their hair at least twice a year is recommended, too.
Miniature Schnauzers generally tend to live much longer than the larger breed types. Nevertheless, this small Terrier breed is still prone to quite a few dog health ailments. These concerns usually include diabetes, pancreatitis, bladder stones, urolithiasis, hip dysplasia, and some eye problems like the Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Minor diseases include follicular dermatitis as well as esophagial achalasia.