Ranking 12th in dog breed intelligence, Miniature Schnauzers are exceptionally smart, understanding new commands after just 5-15 repetitions. This makes them great candidates for learning new tricks
Miniature Schnauzers are known for black, black and silver, and 'salt and pepper' coats. However, a less-accepted fourth color exists - pure white, which may disqualify them from breed competitions.
Common health issues in Miniature Schnauzers, based on Nationwide pet insurance data, include diabetes mellitus, ear infections, skin allergies, hepatitis, and pancreatitis.
Originally bred as assertive guard dogs and skilled 'ratters', Miniature Schnauzers are all bark, no bite. They make great family pets, though their innate chase instinct require obedience training.
There are three distinct Schnauzer breeds: miniature, standard, and giant, originating from Germany in the 15th century. 'Schnauzer' means 'mustache', referring to their signature bearded snouts.