Most people will select Miniature Schnauzers for its total livability. A good one, is by nature alert, friendly, intelligent, vigorous and, most important, long lived.
Miniatures have the same spirit and showmanship of most terriers, but are much more responsive to the owners wishes and are noted for their great intelligence.
The responsiveness and intelligence of Miniature Schnauzers make them ideal for obedience work, enhanced by the fact that they love to please their owners.
The typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please.
The learning capacity of the Miniature Schnauzer is proverbial, and limited only by the patience of the teacher. The breeds performance on all levels of obedience is exceptional, and ranks among the highest in numbers of dogs that can achieve obedience titles. Schnauzers learn quickly as a rule, and in time can be taught almost anything a dog is capable of learning. The only requirements are firmness, repetition, patience and, above all, kindness.
Frequently called the dog with the human brain, their reasoning faculties are uncanny. Whereas most breeds think in a doggy way, Schnauzers react in a much more human fashion, and in a way we humans can better understand. Schnauzers are, in fact, pathetically dependent upon human companionship and understanding.
Miniature Schnauzers are not by nature aggressive, as are some of their terrier cousins. They should, however, be relatively fearless. Once mature, the Schnauzer has a strongly developed territorial instinct. He is an ideal guard dog as he defends vocally rather than physically. For all his boldness, the Miniature Schnauzer will display a natural kindness and charm for those who show themselves as friends.
Schnauzers are not random, incessant barkers. They are discriminating and intelligent guard dogs that assume this duty naturally. Too intelligent to be argumentative, they are positive thinkers, know their territorial rights, and will defend them. A great sense of self is one of his most endearing qualities. A Miniature Schnauzer is a dog for all reasons.
*excerpted from The New Miniature Schnauzer The Breed Since Ch. Dorem Display By Dan Kiedrowski Copyright 1986