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Miniature Poodle vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Shih Tzu Comparison - Dog breed selector: Caniche or Zwergschnauzer or Chinese Lion Dog? Find the right dog for you

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Name Miniature Poodle Miniature Schnauzer Shih Tzu
OriginsGermany France Germany China
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank4351820
Reviews1211
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Other Names Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Carniche Moyen, Barboncino Miniatura, French Poodle, Pudle, Zwergpudel Zwergschnauzer Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
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.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Price
Which is cheaper Miniature Poodle or Miniature Schnauzer or Shih Tzu? Which is more expensive?
1000-1500 $600-$1000 $800-$1200

Miniature Poodle vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Shih Tzu General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger Miniature Poodle or Miniature Schnauzer or Shih Tzu?
Small Small Small
Weight
Which is heavier Miniature Poodle or Miniature Schnauzer or Miniature Schnauzer?
15-17 pounds (7-8 kg) Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
16 pounds (7.5 kg) Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller Miniature Poodle or Miniature Schnauzer or Shih Tzu?
11-15 inches (28-38 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
13 inches (33 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Miniature Poodle vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Shih Tzu Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types Dense
Curly
Thick
Wiry Dense
Colors Apricot
Black
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
Salt
Pepper
Silver
Black
Brindle
Liver
Silver
Blue
Gold
Red
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.

Miniature Poodle vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Shih Tzu Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Alert
Friendly
Obedient
Fearless
Intelligent
Spirited
Active
Friendly
Happy
Lively
Playful
Courageous
Gentle
Intelligent
Outgoing
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed.
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Miniature Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Miniature Schnauzers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Nagyon sokat: Shih Tzu kimondottan hangos fajta.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Miniature Poodles are average defenders.
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Miniature Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Schnauzers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Miniature Poodle fajta.
Nem a legjobb választás Miniature Schnauzer, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Miniature Schnauzer tartása lakásban.
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Shih Tzu fajta.
Adaptability
Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Miniature Poodle or Miniature Schnauzer or Shih Tzu?
Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Miniature Poodle vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Shih Tzu Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Miniature Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Miniature Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Miniature Poodle vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Shih Tzu?
No
Miniature Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or 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.
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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Miniature Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Miniature Poodle vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Shih Tzu Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Miniature Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Addison's Disease
Bloat
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Cataracts
Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Allergies
Bladder Stones
Distichiasis
Dry Eye
Ear Infections
Ectopic Cilia
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Renal Dysplasia
Keratitis
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Proptosis
Retained Baby Teeth
Reverse Sneezing
Snuffles
Umbilical Hernias
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-14 years 10-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Miniature Poodle vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Shih Tzu Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-8 puppies, average 5 3-6 puppies 2-5 puppies

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