The Miniature Schnauzer is used as a pet. It is an intelligent, obedient, friendly, jolly, playful and energetic dog, and is always on guard. It is easy to train and can make an excellent alert-dog. As it is an energetic dog it must get plenty of daily exercise, or else it will become destructive at home. It cannot coexist peacefully with smaller pets like rabbits, hamsters or cats, because it will be aggressive toward them. It must be trained and socialized from early on to prevent it from becoming overly aggressive toward other dogs and strangers. It can live in an apartment.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog, since it stands from 30 to 36 cm tall and it weighs from 5 to 7 kilos. Its coat is rough, thick, hard and wiry, does not shed much, and does not require regular grooming. Its coat may be of a black or salt-and-pepper color.