Small but brave, that's certainly how you can call the Miniature Schnauzer. Although he is no taller than 30 centimeters, this dog is no pushover. The dog was originally bred as a watchdog and has a feisty 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 common Schnauzers. This dogs have a long history. They were primarily all-around farm dogs. The history of this breed goes back to the 15th century. Farms at that time, and for that matter still are, were plagued by vermin. Farmers were therefore always looking for a dog that 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 catching rats.
The Miniature Schnauzer belongs to the breed of terriers. Yet he does not have the feisty, fiery behavior of a terrier. So it is a bit of an atypical animal. This dog has a somewhat softer character than the usual terrier. He is more open, obedient and likes nothing more than to be in his owner's good graces. 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 standing 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 in contact with other dogs and people at a young age.