We were looking for information about the Miniature Schnauzer, and turned to an experienced professional for answers. Anna Gómez Ferran is a professional breeder with more than 20 years of experience and she helped us write this post. Sangtrait Kennel breeds Miniature Schnauzers with special focus on their character. The kennel has several Spain champions.
Are they suitable for people with no previous experience with dogs?
The Miniature Schnauzer is one of the breeds that adapts the best to living with humans. Therefore the owner does not need to have previous experience with animals.
And for families with young children?
The Miniature Schnauzer adapts easily to any family environment and it can become a great companion for the children. Miniature Schnauzers show a great level of affection to babies even if the dog was with the family before their arrival.
And for the elderly?
Not a problem at all. Typically the elderly are less active than a younger family, but the Miniature Schnauzer will easily adapt to its owners and their lifestyle. It will provide them with company and give them a reason to go outside, which can be be very beneficial for both.
If the owners are away for long hours, will it get used to it?
It is not appropriate to leave any dog alone at home for many hours, as it can will get stressed and maybe even depressed. However, the size of the Miniature Schnauzer allows having another one at home and keep company to each other when the owner is away.
Will it be close to all the family members?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a family dog. However they might favor one member of the family if this person is more affectionate and pays more attention to them. If the Miniature Schnauzer receives the proper education, there will be no jealousy issues with the kids of the family.
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And what about the house?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a dog that adapts without any problem not only to the owner, but also to the space. Of course, like all animals, the more space it has, the better. But it can adapt to a small apartment if it is compensated with longer walks.
How much time do you have to spend with each day?
Like most breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer needs to go for a walk at least 3 or 4 times a day. These walks can be 15 – 30 minutes long. If the family enjoys sports, being a long-snout breed, the Miniature Schnauzer will be happy to join.
City, mountain or beach?
As long it gets enough exercise on a daily basis, it is a breed that has no problem living in a city. It also enjoys the walks on the beach and on the mountain.
Does it need professional training?
Generally, it is not a breed that requires professional training. They are intelligent dogs that are usually predisposed to learn fast any orders their family teaches them.
Is it considered a Potentially Dangerous Breed?
Spanish Law does not consider the Miniature Schnauzer as a Potentially Dangerous Breed.
If the family has more pets, will they relate well?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed that usually relates well to the other pets of the family, to both dogs and cats. However, keep in mind, that each time a new pet comes, there needs to be an adaptation period so that the first one understands it and feels comfortable. If the adaptation is not done properly, there might be jealousy or territorial behavior.
Will it have problems with visits?
As a general rule, if the family properly trained and socialized it, the Miniature Schnauzer will not have any issue with visits of adults or small children.
Will it be able to visit other places?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed that adapts to the lifestyle of its owner. So if you take it to work or you visit other houses it will be happy. In fact, it will surely enjoy the visits as it will spend more time with its owner.
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More information from experts of your Miniature Schnauzer
Recommended exercise schedule for your Miniature Schnauzer
We have put together a guide for the recommended exercise schedule for your Miniature Schnauzer. It includes the frequency and duration of the walks, the type of activities that they like and dislike and the temperature conditions more adequate for them.
Care guide for the hygiene of your Miniature Schnauzer
In our blog you can also find a care guide for the hygiene of your Miniature Schnauzer developed by a group of experts. It explains how often you should bath your dog, trim its nails, clear its ears etc. and which are the most adequate tools.
Miniature Schnauzer Weight Chart
By analyzing thousands of datapoints, we have created the real-life weight distribution chart for Miniature Schnauzer which includes the typical range for males and females. In the same post, you will also find a tutorial that explains how to properly track its weight and identify problems using the 11pets: Pet Care app.
The Miniature Schnauzer as seen by a dog trainer
Mario Hernández presents the Miniature Schnauzer from the point of view of a dog trainer. Thanks to this post you will understand better the origins of the breed, its character and its maintenance needs. Most importantly, you will find tips about its training.