The miniature Schnauzer is a small, intelligent dog in the terrier family. Averaging about 15 pounds, this small, wiry-haired breed captures the heart of nearly everyone who meets one. While looking quite cute, there are many concerns when it comes to deciding if a mini Schnauzer is right for you and your family.
The miniature Schnauzer is a lot of dog in a small package. Schnauzers require daily physical exercise or they develop behavioral issues. Ensure your Schnauzer receives at least a daily walk.
Miniature Schnauzers are very intelligent dogs. They need a mental challenge to prevent them from becoming bored and destructive. Enroll your puppy in obedience or agility classes.
The mini Schnauzer tends to be aloof, distant and stand-offish. Carefully socialize your Schnauzer puppy to prevent it from becoming snappy or fearful.
The mini Schnauzer is a terrier at heart. This breed takes an innate joy at chasing small critters such as cats, squirrels or rabbits. Begin working on a recall or "come" command very early in your puppy's life to prevent problems and small-animal aggression.
Every mini Schnauzer must be groomed. Schnauzers need to be brushed almost daily and require clipping every couple of months. You must either learn to do it yourself or pay a professional groomer.