Many people think of small animals as temperamental and mouthy and they do tend to think of the Miniature Schnauzer in this way as well. This is not altogether true where the Schnauzer is concerned however. While they are vocal and love to bark, this can be corrected with proper training and lots of patience. They will also be a vocal dog, but the barking does not have to be a nuisance.
As for their disposition, they are a very lovable dog with their owners. They are very lively and full of energy, but are also affectionate. They thrive on affection and will actually make themselves sick if they feel they are being neglected. Going for walks with their owner makes them feel very happy and secure. They are also very content to lie on the couch along side of their owners or on their lap. When it's bedtime, they love to jump on the bed and cuddle.
They are very loyal dogs and will always protect their family and their home. Although, they can be stubborn at times (what dog can't?), they are very easy to train due to their high intelligence. They are very spunky and energetic around people as well as other animals. They should be kept away from small rodent like animals, as they will attempt to chase them. This is nothing against his lovable nature - it's just a common trait in their breed. The Miniature Schnauzer will usually get along well with other family pets, but it's still important to introduce them gradually. They get along great with anything that they consider a playmate as playing is such a large part of their life.
Wherever his owners go, he will want to go along and will behave accordingly. They will get depressed if left alone too much as they are people oriented dogs. They are not a dog that survives well when they are alone for a long time. They are such an affectionate and adaptable dog, that they are content wherever they live as long as they are with their family. They are not attached to specific places as much as to specific people. They feel they are an important part of the family and want to be treated as such.
Occasionally, you will find a Miniature Schnauzer that is aggressive, although that is not the norm for this breed. Every dog is different, however. The one thing that can be said about this breed is that they definitely have a mind of their own, whether in play or in training. It is for this reason that it's recommended for their training to begin at an early stage in their life. If you wait to long to train them, it will be harder to let them know what is expected of them and that they are not the alpha in the house. Once this is instilled in them, they will turn into a wonderful loving and intelligent family pet.