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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.

OriginGermany
Group Hunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Miniature Schnauzer have? The dog breed also known as...
Zwergschnauzer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
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 RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
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? Miniature Schnauzer price:
$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.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Miniature Schnauzer size:
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)
Avg. 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)
Avg. 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)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Miniature Schnauzer have? What does this canine coat look like?
Wiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Miniature Schnauzer's coat?
SaltPepper SilverBlack
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 bath is 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 Schnauzer shedding level:
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Miniature Schnauzer dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Miniature Schnauzer have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AlertFriendlyObedientFearlessIntelligentSpirited
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 for 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?
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as 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?
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 considered as a 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? 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 same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Miniature Schnauzer good as a watchdog?
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.
Territorial
Do Miniature Schnauzer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
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.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Miniature Schnauzer do?
Miniature Schnauzers have 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 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?
Miniature Schnauzers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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.
Fighting Dog
Where Miniature Schnauzer dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Miniature Schnauzer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Miniature Schnauzer and 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?
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.
Office Friendly
Are Miniature Schnauzers good office dogs? Do Miniature Schnauzers make good office friendly dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzers be ofiice 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.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Miniature Schnauzer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Miniature Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzer be a service dog?
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?
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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Miniature Schnauzer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Miniature Schnauzer be a boat dog?
Yes
Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Miniature Schnauzer dogs have health problems?
Egészségesek Miniature Schnauzer fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Miniature Schnauzer breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Miniature Schnauzer breed? Health risks of Miniature Schnauzer:
CataractsMycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI)Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Miniature Schnauzer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Miniature Schnauzer be?
12-14 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?
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise 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.
Avg. 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
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 & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & 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 for 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 minimal 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Miniature Schnauzer 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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Miniature Schnauzer have a litter? 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

Pros & Cons of Miniature Schnauzer

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 for 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 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.
  • Boat Dog: Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Miniature Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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