The Miniature Schnauzer is a spunky small terrier known for its alert nature, luxurious salt-and-pepper coat, and distinguished wispy beard and eyebrows. Weighing 11-20 pounds, Mini Schnauzers have a square, sturdy build suited to vermin hunting and companionship. Originally from Germany, Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent, active dogs requiring regular exercise and training. They thrive on interactive games, agility, and obedience activities that challenge their minds and bodies. Mini Schnauzers are affectionate and loyal to their families but wary of strangers. Given proper activity levels and training, Miniature Schnauzers excel as lively, personable house pets and watchdogs.