The Miniature Schnauzer is a lively, active little dog. They can be stubborn and need a firm hand during training. The Miniature Schnauzer makes an ideal family pet and watchdog. They are quite vocal and will be quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory. The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds. It also is said to have the best temperament.
A Schnauzer-type dog has been represented in art and sculptures as early as the 1400’s. The Miniature Schnauzer is a cross between the Standard Schnauzer, the Affenpinscher and other small breeds. The name Schnauzer was first associated with this breed in 1879.