This breed of is very unique in appearance. It is a very compact shaped dog with strong muscles and is square in its shape. The dogs have the distinctive trait of a beard, long eyebrows and feathered hair on the legs. The ears are sometimes made to stand up, and the tail is docked. The Miniature Schnauzer also can have ears that are left to flop, it is all depending on where the dog lives. Some practices are acceptable in different parts of the world and unacceptable in other parts of the world.
The coats of the Miniature Schnauzer that are wiry and they do not strip they are great as house pets for people with allergies because of this trait. The coats do need regular maintenance to keep this characteristic.There are three colors that are idea for the Miniature Schnauzer, black, grey and silver and a combination of all the colors in different variances There are rare colors of white and brown, but are not common or expected when breeding the Miniature Schnauzer. The height of the breed for both males and bitches is from 12 to 15 inches. The weight for both the males and the bitches is from 10 to 15 pounds. Again these standards are depending on where the schnauzer is located as in different countries different standards are set.
Miniature Schnauzers are very interesting in their personalities, and love to get into trouble as a sense of entertainment, and a sense of their crazy humor. They are also very loyal to their owner, and are very much into activities to burn off their energies. Although the average weight is 10 to 15 pounds for a normal healthy schnauzer it is often not the case, as they need lots of exercise, and without it will gain a lot of weight, and gain it quickly.
The Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent guard dog and does not enjoy new people, they are not aggressive, but not accepting until the owner is accepting of the person, and welcomes them into the home. This or if the owner shows a sign of embracing the new person. The Miniature Schnauzer breed is good with kids, and it is necessary to play gently with the dogs. The Miniature Schnauzer is very smart, and can train easily and takes commands very quick.
Miniature Schnauzer need a lot of attention and love, and are excellent are for both a pet at home and a dog for the show circuit. The dogs can be very independent and therefore can find themselves in trouble some of the time when left to their own devices. They enjoy playing jokes on people and other animals, and are outgoing and need an outlet for their energies. The Miniature Schnauzers were bred for rodent control, so they have endless amounts of energy to bestow on an active family.