Miniature schnauzers bring a lot to the table, but they can be a handful for the unsuspecting or ill-prepared owner. They are an incredibly loyal breed and once you have their trust, expect to be followed closely wherever you go, whatever you do. This is not the kind of dog to sit and watch you from the couch or allow you to shower in peace. If you own a miniature schnauzer, you have two modes in life: Not Home or Sharing Personal Space.
Due to their loyalty and territorial nature, they make exceptional—one might even say needlessly exuberant—watchdogs. You will know when strangers are at the door. Or walking by on the street. Or when a car door slams. Or maybe even when the wind blows.
“They can be a little yappy,” says Dennis Riordan, DVM, of Riordan Pet Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. “Some people will find them not great for apartment living because they bark aimlessly sometimes.”
Once a new person enters the house, however, they are smart enough dogs to learn cues from their owners, and once you’ve made it clear that someone is welcome, they usually become quick to welcome them. If a legitimate threat is at your doorstep, these little guys are strong in spirit but small in frame, so don’t expect a lot of fight; they tend to be barkers, not biters.