Miniature Schnauzer Temperament

Intelligent, confident and hardy, miniature schnauzers are known for their pleasant and playful temperament, meaning they can make great additions to many types of homes.

Physically, they are small, vigorous, and elegant – requiring a groom at least once a week. In character they very much embody the tendencies of a terrier – energetic, determined and affectionate.

Let’s explore the Miniature Schnauzer’s temperament further.Miniature Schnauzer Temperament ROYAL CANIN®


Miniature Schnauzers are often merry extroverts; full of life and love to be the centre of attention. They usually thrive in a family home environment and are usually quite vocal to let their owner know if there is an unexpected rustling or noise within proximity.

This breed is adaptable; making an excellent traveling companion.


Due to their high levels of intelligence, the Miniature Schnauzer responds well to obedience training. Many Miniature Schnauzers have won top awards in advanced obedience at various competitions.

However, their training also has to be consistent to get the best from them. Miniature Schnauzers are most content when they know who they can look to for direction and guidance in training and outdoor play activities.

Miniature Schnauzers are usually thought to sleep around 12-14 hours or more a day, but each individual is different and the most important thing is that they remain active, can exercise well, have a good appetite and appear content when awake.

If you have any concerns regarding your breed’s behaviour or habits, it’s always best to ask your vet for advice and a deeper analysis of your individual dog.

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