Miniature Schnauzer

If my mustachioed mug looks familiar, it’s not surprising—I’m one of the most popular terrier breeds. Full of personality, I love to have fun and be around people. I am a terrier, though, so be prepared for mischief, barking, digging, and chewing. I’m affectionate and very good with kids, but I may boldly confront other dogs. I’m less of a bully than my full-size schnauzer cousin.

I’m bright and very easy to train, and I enjoy learning tricks—though be prepared to face some stubbornness. New dog owners may want to choose a less feisty breed. Though I’m energetic, a good walk or game should meet my activity needs. Keep a close eye because I’ll chase small prey. Being left alone generally doesn’t bother me.

My coat may be black, salt and pepper, black and silver, or white with a wiry topcoat that rarely sheds. A thorough combing once or twice a week will remove dead hairs and avoid matting, and occasional trimming will keep my distinctive beard and classic lines looking sharp. I’m spunky and small at 12 to 14 inches tall and 13 to 15 pounds. Weight gain can be a problem, so please don’t hand me treats for every trick I perform!

Given proper care and diet I’ll be a perky family companion for 12 to 14 years. Major health issues to watch for include bladder stones and retinal atrophy, with lesser risk of dermatitis, esophageal achalasia, and vWD. Pulmonic stenosis, cataracts, and joint degeneration may occasionally occur.