Miniature Schnauzer Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Miniature Schnauzer so you can get to know the breed more.

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Origin Germany flag Germany
Other Names
What other names does the Miniature Schnauzer have?
Zwergschnauzer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Overview

The Miniature Schnauzer dog breed is very active, intelligent, and lively. Miniature schnauzers are great family dogs that are good with children. They are easy to train because they love to please their owners. The Miniature Schnauzer is considered to be a miniature version of the Standard Schnauzer. They weigh between 12 and 14 pounds and stand about 12-15 inches tall.

Breed Recognition

Miniature Schnauzers are a member of the non-sporting group.

Size and Weight

Miniature schnauzers weigh between 12 to 14 pounds when they reach maturity. Miniature Schnauzer height is around 15 to 18 inches when they are fully grown.

Hair and Care

The Miniature Schnauzer has a wiry coat that needs to be groomed at least every other week. You will also need to trim the hair around their eyes, ears, and feet on a regular basis. Miniature schnauzers do not shed very much.

Miniature Schnauzer Colors

The Miniature Schnauzer is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. Miniature schnauzers are available in three different color combinations including black, salt and pepper, or silver.

Miniature Schnauzer Grooming

The Miniature Schnauzer has a very easy-to-care-for coat that only needs to be groomed every other week. You will also need to trim the hair around their eyes, ears, and feet on a regular basis. Miniature Schnauzers do not shed very much.

Miniature Schnauzer Temperament

The Miniature Schnauzer is an active, intelligent, and lively dog that loves to please its owners. Miniature Schnauzers are a great family dog that is good with children. They are easy to train because they love to learn new things.

Miniature Schnauzer Intelligence

The Miniature Schnauzer is ranked as the 14th most intelligent dog breed according to Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs.

Miniature Schnauzer Trainability

Miniature schnauzers are very easy to train because they love their owners and will do whatever it takes to please them.

Playfulness

The Miniature Schnauzer is a playful dog breed that loves to run around outside with its family members.

Miniature Schnauzer Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Miniature Schnauzer puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Miniature Schnauzer, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Miniature Schnauzer for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Miniature Schnauzer gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Miniature Schnauzer?
Very frequent: The Miniature Schnauzer is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Miniature Schnauzer Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Miniature Schnauzer weigh? Miniature Schnauzer weight:
Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Miniature Schnauzer? Miniature Schnauzer average weight:
Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg)
Height
How tall is the Miniature Schnauzer? Miniature Schnauzer height:
Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Miniature Schnauzer average height:
Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm)

Miniature Schnauzer Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Miniature Schnauzer have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Wiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Miniature Schnauzer's coat?
Salt Pepper Silver Black
Grooming
How to groom the Miniature Schnauzer and how often?
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Miniature Schnauzer a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Miniature Schnauzer, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Miniature Schnauzer dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Zwergschnauzer?
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Miniature Schnauzer dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Miniature Schnauzer need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Miniature Schnauzer every day?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Miniature Schnauzer Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Miniature Schnauzer have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Alert Friendly Obedient Fearless Intelligent Spirited
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Miniature Schnauzer? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Miniature Schnauzer dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Miniature Schnauzer sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Miniature Schnauzers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Miniature Schnauzers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Zwergschnauzer need? Miniature Schnauzer social needs:
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Miniature Schnauzer dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Zwergschnauzer bark?
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Miniature Schnauzer good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Miniature Schnauzer dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Miniature Schnauzer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Miniature Schnauzer bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Zwergschnauzer? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Miniature Schnauzer? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Miniature Schnauzer has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Miniature Schnauzer bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Miniature Schnauzer do?
Miniature Schnauzers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Miniature Schnauzers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Miniature Schnauzer to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Miniature Schnauzer roam?
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Miniature Schnauzer have high prey drive?
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Miniature Schnauzers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Miniature Schnauzer good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Miniature Schnauzer indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Miniature Schnauzers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Miniature Schnauzer Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Miniature Schnauzer temperament with other people:
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Schnauzer dogs get along with other pets? Are Miniature Schnauzer dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Miniature Schnauzer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Miniature Schnauzer temperament with children:
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Miniature Schnauzer dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Miniature Schnauzer good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Schnauzer dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Miniature Schnauzer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Miniature Schnauzers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Miniature Schnauzers good office dogs? Do Miniature Schnauzers make good office friendly dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzers be office dogs?
No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Schnauzer dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Zwergschnauzer temperament with senior people? Are Miniature Schnauzer dogs good for elderly owners?
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Miniature Schnauzer Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Miniature Schnauzer dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Miniature Schnauzer breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Miniature Schnauzer breed? Most common health risks of Miniature Schnauzer:
Cataracts Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Miniature Schnauzer breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Miniature Schnauzer see the vet?
Average
The Miniature Schnauzer should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Miniature Schnauzer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Miniature Schnauzer be? What is the age limit of the Miniature Schnauzer? How many years can the oldest Miniature Schnauzer live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Miniature Schnauzer: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Miniature Schnauzer breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Miniature Schnauzers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Miniature Schnauzer have? What is the activity level of the Miniature Schnauzer?
Miniature Schnauzers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Miniature Schnauzer dogs require per day?
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Miniature Schnauzer need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Miniature Schnauzer risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Miniature Schnauzer's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Miniature Schnauzer's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Miniature Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Miniature Schnauzer drool?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Miniature Schnauzer could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Miniature Schnauzer. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Miniature Schnauzer As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzer be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Miniature Schnauzer is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzer be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Miniature Schnauzer be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Miniature Schnauzer is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzer be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Miniature Schnauzer is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzer be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Miniature Schnauzer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzer be a boat dog?

Yes

Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzer be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Miniature Schnauzer is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Miniature Schnauzer dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Miniature Schnauzer Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Miniature Schnauzer: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Miniature Schnauzer have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Miniature Schnauzer Recognition

AKC Group
Is Miniature Schnauzer recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Miniature Schnauzer recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Miniature Schnauzer breed?
American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Australian National Kennel Council Canadian Kennel Club Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club American Canine Association, Inc.

Miniature Schnauzer Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Miniature Schnauzers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Miniature Schnauzers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Miniature Schnauzers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Miniature Schnauzer's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Miniature Schnauzers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Miniature Schnauzer History

Miniature Schnauzers originated in Germany but were first seen by the US around the 1900s when German immigrants came over to America bringing their miniature schnauzer dogs along with them. Miniature Schnauzer Origin - Miniature Saunzter Dogs have been bred for several years as utility animals used for ratting and herding sheep on farms of Bavaria Germany back in the 1870s where there was a large population of small-sized terriers called wire-haired pinschers. Miniature Schnauzer Breed Information

The Miniature Schnauzer was first recognized as a breed in the United States by the American Kennel Club in 1926.

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Miniature Schnauzer Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • digby

    Oct 4, 2019, 1:32:34 PM:

    I love them they are so cute