This lively dog tends to be quite playful and curious. Although its barking can become a problem, its fun, agreeable, and alert character makes it a great companion in the home. This is one breed that enjoys being involved in activities, particularly with children, and also behaves well around other animals. The Miniature Schnauzer can be bossy towards other dogs, however, and will need proper socialization early on. Although it is very intelligent, it can get stubborn at times.
This breed should be allowed to play off-leash and taken on extended walks on a daily basis.
The Miniature Schnauzer does okay as a housedog and enjoys constant interaction with its people, though moderate activity should be expected from it when left indoors. Access to a yard is not necessary for this breed, though it is physically capable of living outside under moderate to warm weather.
The Miniature Schnauzer’s thick coat must be brushed or combed on a daily basis to prevent matting, while knots found in its coat must be clipped out. The breed almost never sheds hair. A maintenance clipping must be done semiannually, particularly during autumn and spring, to keep the coat in uniform length. The facial hair may also be trimmed to bring out the distinct square build of the breed.
Miniature Schnauzers tend to be healthy, though some may have inherited eye ailments. They may also be susceptible to kidney and liver problems, diabetes, cysts, and skin ailments. The breed is also quick to gain weight.