Miniature Schnauzer Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Zwergschnauzer
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:High
  • Grooming:High
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walk with some running about
  • Energy Level:Medium/ High
  • Protection:High, makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes when raise with them
  • Health Clearances:CERF, vWD
  • Weight:13-15 lbs
  • Height:12-14 inches
  • Coat Colour:Salt and pepper, black and silver, or black

Miniature Schnauzer Coat

The Miniature Schnauzer has a hard and wiry outer coat, while the undercoat is close and dense. This breed has a distinctive beard and should always have longer hair on the chest, underbelly, and legs. The coat of this breed should be plucked to remove dead hair.

Miniature Schnauzer Character

The Miniature Schnauzer is generally well mannered and very obedient making him a great student. A very perky breed, they do not do well in kennel life and should always be kept as a companion. This breed loves to be around his owner and does best in a family environment. The Miniature Schnauzer makes a wonderful alarm dog, barking at the sight or sound of something odd or treading onto his territory. This breed is very active, but does not require as much exercise as the Standard variety.

Miniature Schnauzer Temperament

The Miniature Schnauzer can have troubles with other dogs, however if properly trained and socialized; this breed can do all right. This breed should be supervised around small children, and does best with older children and more respectable children. The Schnauzer can be combative with other dogs, however if raised with them this breed can do well. They are not recommended for a home with smaller animals such as the cat as they have the tendency to chase them.

Miniature Schnauzer Care

The Miniature Schnauzer should be brushed regularly to prevent matting or tangling, however is fairly easy to comb through. This breed should be clipped professionally twice a year, however is not required if brushed regularly. Professional plucking is required on the coat of this breed. The coat of this breed, while it can still become tangled and/or matted, has a fairly tangle resistant coat. The Miniature Schnauzer sheds little to no hair making him ideal for a family with allergies.

Miniature Schnauzer Activity

The Miniature Schnauzer is very lively and energetic, however gets quite a bit of exercise indoors. This breed does love long walks and regular romps though and would do beautifully with an average sized yard. This breed makes an excellent jogging companion for an owner that loves the outdoors. The Miniature Schnauzer requires extensive stimulation as they have the tendency to become noisy and destructive if left along for long periods of time.

Miniature Schnauzer Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Miniature Schnauzer is around 12-14 years. The breed has a number of health problems and disorders linked to it, and this includes: vWD, liver problems, cataracts, thyroid problems, inflammation of the pancreas, epilepsy, allergies, and skin problems. The parents of the Miniature Schnauzer puppy should have CERF certificates.