Small but brave, you can certainly call the Miniature Schnauzer. Although he is no taller than 30 centimetres, this dog is no pushover. The dog was originally bred as a watchdog and has a lively character. However, miniature schnauzers are mostly known for their loyalty. They prefer to be with their owner and follow him closely.
The Miniature Schnauzer is descended from the regular Schnauzers. This dogs have a long history. They were primarily all-round farm dogs. The history of this breed goes back to the 15th century. Farms were, and still are, plagued by vermin. Farmers were therefore always looking for a dog which could catch rats for them. The Schnauzer was therefore bred to be somewhat smaller. This was done by crossing the animal with Affenpinschers and poodles. This made him (even) better suited to catch rats.
The Miniature Schnauzer belongs to the breed of terriers. Nevertheless, it does not have the spicy, fiery behaviour of a terrier. So it is a bit of an atypical animal. This dog has a somewhat softer character than the usual terrier. It is more open, obedient and likes nothing more than to curry favour with its owner. In addition, this dog is very good with young children and can get along quite well with other dogs. Therefore, the dog is an excellent family dog.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a friendly dog that likes to be in good humour with its owner. The animal likes to learn and is very intelligent. However, it is important that you keep the training interesting and varied. The dog hates to do the same thing all the time. Of course, it is wise to bring the animal into contact with other dogs and other people at a young age.