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Miniature Schnauzer


Breed Description

A small breed with a large personality. They have a wiry double coat often in a salt-n-pepper colour, with naturally floppy ears and a mustache and eyebrows of note! With a life span of 12 – 14 years and an average weight of 5-10kg. Known for their affection seeking and loyal nature, these dogs make fantastic companions and will happily follow their owner all over. Moderate exercise is needed and loads of play time!

Additional Information


Miniature Schnauzer

Life Expectancy

12 – 14 Years




















They have a small but hardy body, a rectangular head and naturally floppy ears with noticeably bushy eyebrows and a walrus-like mustache. They have a wiry double coat and a long tail which is often cropped.


Miniature Schnauzers have a double coat with a wiry texture, ranging in black and white, fully black, grey and white or black and silver. Although they do not shed, it is recommended to groom them every 4 to 6 weeks. They need daily brushing, regular nail clipping, ear and teeth cleaning along with the grooming.


Miniature Schnauzers do best with a high-quality breed specific or size appropriate kibble, additional supplements like omega 3 oil or fresh fruits and vegetables can be added.


Fairly energetic and very alert, these guys need an average amount of exercise, a daily walk with lots of sniffing around would suffice, although an hour of play time or activities will do just as good! The need to be physically stimulated as well as mentally stimulated. The have a large prey drive and enjoy chasing. They are incredibly intelligent, and training needs to be switched up often to avoid boredom.


Miniature Schnauzers are an overall healthy breed but can be prone to a few health issues such as eye diseases, blindness, skin allergies and they are fairly prone to obesity and diabetes. Regular vet check-ups, a high-quality diet and adequate exercise can help prevent most issues an aid in a happy healthy life for your Schnauzer.


Although they don't need a large space, they do enjoy it. They need enough space to run around and play with ample amounts of toys for mental stimulation. They enjoy lots of outdoor play time and are very alert dogs, making them great guard dogs.


They are considered moderate maintenance due to their grooming requirements and attention needs. They require frequent grooming, a high-quality diet, regular vet visits, ample exercise and playtime along with loads of cuddles!


They are loving and loyal companions with a big personality. Eager to please and very intelligent. Alert and courageous, these little dogs can be feisty when confronted but overall a loving friend. They enjoy following their human around and are extremely loyal.

Family Life

Miniature Schnauzers are affectionate and loyal with big personalities. If well socialized they can be great with kids and often get along well with other animals. They always love attention and prefer always being with their humans, even following them around. They very much enjoy being a lapdog with lots of playtime.

Fun Facts

– Miniature Schnauzers are the only dogs in the Terrier group whose name does not have Terrier in it.<br />
– They absolutely excel at dog sports and shows<br />
– As happy as they are on your lap watching tv, they can go on long walks or even hikes<br />
– They are considered Hypoallergenic due to them shedding very little

Breed History

What we now know as standard Schnauzers were bred to be the all-round farm dogs in Germany. Miniature Schnauzers were bred in the late 1800’s from the Standard Schnauzer, Affenpinscher and likely the miniature poodle to breed as a smaller more compact version to aid on farms in ratting (exterminating rats and mice). Due to their ratting history, they fell into the Terrier group although they are the only terrier in the group whose name doesn't distinctly have Terrier in it. After World War 2 their popularity spiked, and they have been climbing the ladder of popular dog breeds ever since. Nowadays they are beloved family dogs with all the personality and love to give.


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