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January 3, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Miniature Schnauzer

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Black Schnauzer puppy.

Black Schnauzer puppy.


  • Height: 12"-14"
  • Weight: 11-18 pounds
  • Historical Function: Ratters
  • Modern Function: Companion
  • AKC Classification: Terrier

Physical Characteristics:

The miniature Schnauzer is a small yet sturdy square dog. They are named for their "schnauz" or muzzle. They also have striking eyebrows. The ears and tail are often docked. If docked, the ears form upright points. If left natural, they fold over. Coat color may be black, white, salt and pepper, or silver and black.

History of the Breed:

The miniature Schnauzer is German bred, and was bred down from the Standard Schnauzer in the late 1800's. The smaller size made them handy as ratters around the house and in barns.


Schnauzers are friendly, and outgoing. They are smart, and trainable, and easy to travel with. They have a good territorial instinct and can be good watch dogs. Their high prey drive means they may chase cats, but this can be trained out. This drive can be channeled into fetch and other games.

  • Best suited for: families with children, active senior citizens, apartment dwellers, and allergy sufferers.
  • Preferred living conditions: They love to have a yard but can adapt to an apartment if given plenty of exercise through play and walks. They are very social and intelligent, and they very much want to be with their people.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming Requirements: Miniature Schnauzers shed very minimally, but they require regular brushing to prevent mats. They may require a visit to the groomer for a stripping twice yearly or are more regularly shaved short on the back and kept slightly longer on the lower abdomen and legs. The silver and gray-haired versions tend to have wire-haired texture while the black ones are more silky.
  • Exercise needs: Miniature Schnauzers will find their own methods of staying active, even if you don't. These active dogs love to play and prefer a daily walk.
  • Life Expectancy: 15 years and does not show signs of aging until late in life.
  • Health Concerns: Generally healthy but may be prone to liver disease, kidney stones, diabetes, skin disorders, von Willebrand's disease and cysts. Also hereditary eye problems. Gains weight easily, do not over feed.

Breed Club Links: American Miniature Schnauzer Club Perfect Pairings: Baxter loves everything at!

Have any stories about a miniature Schnauzer?

Featured photo by Christopher Macsurak.

Linda Wenger on January 3 at 7:20 AM said:

Our most recent rescue is a Schnoodle. Her body and hair characteristics are more Poodleish, but she is definitely a playful social butterfly (especially around children) and glues herself to us when we sit down. She considers the couch and our bed her domain and lets the other dogs know it. So I'd say the Schnauzer in her pretty much defines her personality. Although I don't want her to dig up my garden, I could wish Sammie was more interested in search and destroy missions against our mole population. When the mood hits her, we get a good laugh as she goes into a digging frenzy on top of a magazine or her long as it's not on the furniture! She is an absolute joy to have around.
Mary on January 3 at 10:55 AM said:

I hope you'll send in photos of her. She sounds adorable! By the way, I'll be beefing up the Meet the Breed section, posting two blogs a day on breeds so we have a nice reference collection for our soon-to-be-launched improved blog/Baxter's backyard area. So hang with us while we're under construction to make more of a resource and interactive area for our guests!
Linda Wenger on January 3 at 11:27 AM said:

Where can I post a picture?
Mary on January 3 at 3:30 PM said: Explains how to post a picture. Simply select a product you're using and post it there or, if you're not using one of our products, select something invisible like "shampoo" or "cologne." Follow the prompts. Who knows? Your Schnoodle might be a Pet of the Day and win a $25 certificate! Or even be our monthly grand prize winner and get $250!

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