Despite it’s rather diminutive size, the Miniature Schnauzer is a sturdy, muscular dog with the “heart” of a much larger breed.

Originating in Germany, the Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred as a small farm dog to “go to ground” in order to keep vermin populations down. Today’s Miniature Schnauzer still enjoys the pursuit of tiny vermin, and can be counted upon as a great mouser, putting many cats to shame.

These adorable little dogs are playful, perky, friendly, affectionate and very devoted to their owners. They adapt well to almost any living arrangements, country or city, and their minimal exercise needs makes them an excellent choice for dog lovers with limited mobility.

Mini Schnauzers thrive on attention and love nothing more than to be by your side, and they adore children. They are very easy to train and excel in obedience classes. Despite their size, Minature Schnauzers make wonderful watch dogs.

They require regular brushing and an occasional trip to the groomers for a trim to keep the distinctively handsome appearance. These little dogs do not shed, making them a good choice for dog-lovers with allergies.

Make sure you have your Miniature Schnauzer on a leash when you walk him or in a well-fenced yard if left outside – his desire to pursue mice and rodents may lead him into trouble if the opportunity arises.

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