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Miniature Schnauzer vs Boxer vs Boston Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Miniature Schnauzer Boxer Boston Terrier
OriginsGermany Germany United States
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank181121
Reviews210
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Other Names Zwergschnauzer German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs 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 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 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
Price $600-$1000 $600-$1200 $600-$800

General Appearance - Miniature Schnauzer vs Boxer vs Boston Terrier

Size Small Medium Small
Weight Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) 10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg) 17.5 pounds (8.5 kg)
Height Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) 15-17 inches (38-43 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) 16 inches (40.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Miniature Schnauzer vs Boxer vs Boston Terrier

Coat Wiry Waterproof Fine
Colors Salt Pepper Silver Black Brindle White Fawn White Brindle Seal Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Boxers shed moderately.
Boston Terriers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Miniature Schnauzer vs Boxer vs Boston Terrier

Temperament Alert Friendly Obedient Fearless Intelligent Spirited Brave Confident Fearless Intelligent Playful Bright Energetic Friendly Loyal Affectionate Friendly Intelligent Playful Aggressive Gentle Lively
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Boston Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Boston Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Boxer is a playful breed.
Boston Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Boston Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Miniature Schnauzers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boston Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Boston Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Boston Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Boston Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Miniature Schnauzers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boston Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Boston Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Boxers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Boston Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
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.
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Boston Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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.
Boxers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Boston Terriers 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 Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Miniature Schnauzer vs Boxer vs Boston Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Boston Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Boston Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boston Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boston Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Boston Terriers are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Miniature Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boston Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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 Yes
Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Boxer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Boston Terrier 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.
Yes
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.

Health Factors - Miniature Schnauzer vs Boxer vs Boston Terrier

Health Issues
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boxer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boston Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Boxer Cardiomyopathy Cancer Corneal Dystrophy Deafness Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Allergies Brain Tumors Cataracts Cherry Eye Deafness Heart Murmurs Megaesophagus Patellar Luxation Reverse Sneezing
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Boston Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Boston Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Boston Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
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.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Miniature Schnauzer vs Boxer vs Boston Terrier

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 3-6 puppies 2-10 puppies, average 6 3-5 puppies

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