Many people that are thinking of getting a dog often want a small dog and the miniature Schnauzer is one that comes to mind. Too often, people or families decide to get a dog and they rush out to get the first breed they think of without fully considering what dog ownership entails or what dog ownership of a specific breed will be like. Each dog has their own characteristics and requirements and owners need to be ready before they commit themselves to something that could wind up causing problems with the family members as well as the dog.
The miniature Schnauzer is one of the most popular dogs in the world, and is very popular as a family dog as well. As with all dogs, they have their little idiosyncrasies, but they also make wonderful little pets. They are very loving dogs that love to be held, cuddled and played with. They are very demanding dogs and not the type to be content left to their own devices because their family is busy. They have a tendency to get depressed if they feel they are being neglected. This depression has been known to make the Schnauzer mentally and physically sick if it goes on for very long. This needs to be taken into consideration if and when you are considering a miniature Schnauzer for your family pet.
The miniature Schnauzer will usually get along well with other dogs if they are introduced when the Schnauzer is young enough to adapt. They are a fearless dog that is not afraid to challenge any dog that they don't like, regardless of size. This is another consideration if you live in a neighborhood that has many other dogs already living there. They also love to chase animals smaller than them such as rodents and so on.
The miniature Schnauzer is a very good watchdog and will protect the family to the best of their ability. They make great traveling companions with the entire family. They do have a tendency to bark more than their owners care to hear, so they may not be the perfect dog for living in apartments where there are other tenants. As far as their size goes, apartment life would be perfect if you can be successful in stopping their endless barking.
This dog requires lots of exercise and loves going on walks. They are good eaters, but their diet should consist of healthy foods that vets recommend, as they are susceptible to certain health disorders.
They are very easy to maintain making them easy for children to help with their care. They are very intelligent, easy, and fun to train. If you have time to train them yourselves, you will find it very rewarding to own the miniature Schnauzer. Most miniature Schnauzers are good with children, although they do have a tendency to nip at young children if they feel the child is being too rough with them. This is another consideration many parents have to think through very carefully before getting a miniature Schnauzer. This dog is a loving dog that will bond to a family quite quickly, so be sure to weigh up all the options to see if this really is the right dog for you and your family.