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Miniature Schnauzer

Friendly, fearless and clever

About the Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a feisty dog that is very attached to their owner and wants to be with them all the time. These little moustachioed dogs are bright, enthusiastic and energetic companions for dog lovers lucky enough to have one.

Most Mini Schnauzers have a larger-than-life personality but are also sweet and affectionate to their family and friends. They’re especially good with children who know how to handle them, as they’re almost always ready to play.

They can be protective of the people they love and may be wary around strangers. They’ve got a loud, piercing bark that they aren’t afraid of using. Well-trained and well-socialised Mini Schnauzers tend to be curious, intelligent and robust animals who can often outsmart their owners.

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Miniature Schnauzer Breed Characteristics

30 to 35 cm at the shoulder

11 to 20 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 15 years

Coat Colours
Salt and pepper, black and silver, black

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Miniature Schnauzer, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Miniature Schnauzer Breed History

If you guessed that the Miniature Schnauzer was from Germany based off of their name, you’d be correct. In the late 19th century, Standard Schnauzers were bred with smaller breeds to create an ideal ratter and guard dog. To this day, Germans call the Mini Schnauzer the Zwergschnauzer or dwarf Schnauzer.

The combination of dogs that went into breeding the Miniature Schnauzer made them more friendly and eager to please than many other terrier type dogs. The Miniature Schnauzer quickly caught on as a lovable companion among actors and politicians soon after it was introduced to the world.

The advent of World Wars I and II were hard on almost all dog breeds in Europe, but the Mini Schnauzer’s popularity ensured that it would survive and even thrive.

Caring For a Miniature Schnauzer

How to Choose a Responsible Miniature Schnauzer Breeder

If you want to get a Mini Schnauzer puppy, it is always a good idea to find a responsible breeder to buy from, as they’ll have the knowledge to produce well-behaved dogs with an even temperament. Look for registered breeders who are associated with breeding organisations. They will be held responsible for the way they care for their animals and are expected to be knowledgeable about proper dog breeding.

If you can, meet the breeder’s dogs and the specific dam and stud of the puppy you’re planning to buy. The health and temperament of the puppies are significantly influenced by the environment in which they are raised, as well as by the parents’ wellbeing. Going to the breeder’s premises lets you ensure that your future pup will have everything they need to thrive.

Miniature Schnauzer FAQ

Yes, so long as they have ample resources for enrichment and all of the food and water they need to get them through the day. Mini Schnauzers are very independent dogs – though they enjoy human companionship, they can entertain themselves if given the right tools.

Yes. Mini Schnauzers shed very little due to their wiry coat, so most people with dog allergies should find them hypoallergenic. However, their saliva may still cause an allergic reaction for some people.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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