Miniature Schnauzer Information
The Miniature Schnauzer gives birth to 3- 6 puppies per litter. The breed is classified as small or toy, and has a life expectancy of 12-14 years. The Miniature Schnauzer weighs 11-20 lbs. and grows 12 to 14 inches tall.
The Miniature Schnauzer was bred as a farm dog and as a ratter, though its small size led to it becoming a treasured family pet and companion dog. Despite its early beginnings as a working breed, the Miniature Schnauzer is actually quite loving and affectionate. The Miniature Schnauzer can be quite gentle and calm when called for, though it can also be quite lively and playful as well.
The Miniature Schnauzer is very confident and considers itself to be a natural leader. The breed is very intelligent, and often uses that intelligent to make mischief and get into things, such as cabinets, closets, and more. They are feisty and full of vigor, and love attention. The Miniature Schnauzer can be quite comical and amusing at times. They do get along well with other pets, though their natural hunting instinct does kick in and they may give chase. However, the chase is not to go after or attack the other pet, it is more likely to be because the Miniature Schnauzer considers it to be fun.
The Miniature Schnauzer is quite affectionate and loves to cuddle on the sofa or in a lap. They crave attention and will do whatever it takes to get it. This breed is well suited to a variety of lifestyles and living arrangements, provided they get enough daily exercise.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a terrier breed, and because of that, requires daily exercise and stimulation. Daily walks, runs, or play sessions in the yard or park suit this breed well. The Miniature Schnauzer does well in training, though it may take some time and patience. Like a true terrier, the Miniature Schnauzer considers itself to be the leader, so firm, consistent training is called for. This breed does well with advanced training, and excels at agility, canine sports, and other activities.
Miniature Schnauzers have a tendency to bark excessively. It can also be quite protective of its home and territory. Like many smaller breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer will show aggression towards larger dogs, strangers, and unfamiliar animals.
This breed makes a great family pet, though it is not recommended for houses with small children. The Miniature Schnauzer needs to know that its boundaries are being respected, and younger children may want to grab or even pick up the dog.
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