Meet Mavis the Miniature Schnauzer and her owner Carly

About the breed

Miniature Schnauzer’s were first recognised as their own breed in Germany in the early 1900’s. They’re the result of crossing the standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds. Miniature Schnauzers are bred in four recognised colours; salt and pepper, black and silver, solid black and solid white. They feature the trademark eyebrows, moustache and beard.  Originally bred as farm dogs and for ratting, herding, and guarding property, Miniature Schnauzer’s now make great family dogs.

Why did you choose this particular breed?

After researching many different breeds, we settled on a Miniature Schnauzer due to their temperament. They are well known to be loyal dogs, who are intelligent, responsive to training and get along well with other pets and children. We also wanted a dog with its own personality, and, Miniature Schnauzer’a are known to be cheeky, extroverted and fun!

Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people may associate with the breed?

Mavis’ personality could best be described as sassy. She is incredibly cheeky, running of with whatever she can get her paws on and parading it around the house until someone catches her. As the breed suggests, she can be very stubborn – Mavis does what Mavis wants! After 3 months in obedience class, we are finding she is responsive to training and thrives off pleasing us.

Whilst she looks cute and fluffy, Mavis is very protective of her family. On her daily walk, she has no issues standing tall, puffing her chest out and alerting us to anything she views as a threat – people, birds, wheelie bins, park benches and cars. Once she is convinced they probably won’t hurt her or us, she is very happy to receive pats from anyone willing to give them.

Mavis is certainly a social dog. Her favourite thing is her daily trip to the park where she runs around with her best dog pals. Unusually, when meeting a new dog, her first instinct is to lick their eyeballs. This is not always well received.

Any tips for someone considering getting this breed?

My best tip would be to put in the time early on to ensure your Miniature Schnauzer knows you are boss! They can be very stubborn and need firm boundaries. In addition, ensuring they have time away from you is important, to avoid any anxious behavior developing. The rest will come naturally – they are a very fun breed who will be your best friend!

How interested/good at training or obedience?

We attend a weekly obedience session. Mavis is a very social dog, so we tend to arrive early so she has the time to meet and greet (lick the eyeballs) of all the dogs in her class. So far, she has learned sit, drop, watch, wait, come, right and left turns, shake paws and ‘in your bed’. Schnauzers are quick learners so don’t be afraid to extend them with trickier commands!

Any tricks, skills or community work?

Nill, but it’s never too late to learn new tricks!

You can find Mavis on instagram @mavisminischnauzer