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Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier Comparison - Dog breed selector: Zwergschnauzer or Toto Dog or Daredevil? Find the right dog for you

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Name Miniature Schnauzer Cairn Terrier Irish Terrier
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Zwergschnauzer Toto Dog
Cairn
Daredevil
Irish Red Terrier
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Which is more expensive?
$600-$1000 $700-$1000 $600-$800
Availability
Which is easier to get, Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
Very frequent: The Miniature Schnauzer is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Cairn Terrier is quite easy to get.
Frequent: The Irish Terrier is easier than average to get.

Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Which is the smallest dog, Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
Small Small Medium
Weight
Which is heavier, Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Cairn Terrier? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier weight comparison:
Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) Male: 14-18 pounds (6-8 kg), Female: 13-17 pounds (6-8 kg) 25-27 pounds (11-12 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) Male: 16 pounds (7 kg), Female: 15 pounds (7 kg) 26 pounds (11.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier height comparison:
Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) Male: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm), Female: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm) 18 inches (43 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) Male: 11.5 inches (29 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) 18 inches (43 cm)

Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier coat comparison:
Wiry Waterproof Wiry
Straight
Colors
What are the original Miniature Schnauzer, Cairn Terrier and Irish Terrier color?
Black
Silver
Pepper
Salt
Black
Gray
Red
Cream
Silver
Brindle
Wheaten
Red
Wheaten
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier grooming comparison:
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
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Average: The Cairn Terrier requires average grooming effort.
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Advanced: The Irish Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or {name3 shedding:
Miniature Schnauzer dogs shed none to minimal.
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Cairn Terrier dogs shed moderately.
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Irish Terrier dogs shed none to minimal.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier behavior/temperament comparison:
Alert
Intelligent
Friendly
Obedient
Fearless
Spirited
Active
Courageous
Intelligent
Fearless
Assertive
Protective
Intelligent
Dominant
Lively
Trainable
Respectful
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier intelligence:
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
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Smart: The Cairn Terrier dogs have great intelligence.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Trainability
Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier trainability comparison.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are easy to train.
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Cairn Terrier dogs are easy to train.
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Irish Terrier dogs are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier playfulness comparison:
Average: Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The Cairn Terrier is a playful breed.
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The Irish Terrier is a playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Cairn Terrier dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Irish Terrier dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier?
High: Miniature Schnauzer dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Cairn Terrier dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Irish Terrier dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier social needs comparison:
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are a social breed.
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Cairn Terrier dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Irish Terrier dogs are a social breed.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier?
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
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A lot: Cairn Terrier is a particularly loud breed.
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Average: The Irish Terrier barks occasionally.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Cairn Terrier dogs are good watchdogs.
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Irish Terrier dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs strongly protect their territory.
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Cairn Terrier dogs are average defenders.
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Irish Terrier dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Cairn Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Irish Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Miniature Schnauzer bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Cairn Terrier bite force: Weak.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Irish Terrier bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier mouthiness comparison:
Miniature Schnauzer dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Cairn Terrier dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Irish Terrier dogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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Cairn Terrier dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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Irish Terrier dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Cairn Terrier dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Irish Terrier dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Miniature Schnauzer indoors.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Cairn Terrier indoors.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Irish Terrier indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Average: Cairn Terrier dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Irish Terrier dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs 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.
Cairn Terrier dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Irish Terrier dogs 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.

Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Which dog is more friendly?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Cairn Terrier dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Irish Terrier dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are generally with other pets.
Cairn Terrier dogs are generally with other pets.
Irish Terrier dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terrier dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Irish Terrier dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Cairn Terrier dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Irish Terrier dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Cairn Terrier dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Irish Terrier dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier?
Yes
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Cairn Terrier dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Irish Terrier dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Cairn Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Irish Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cairn Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Irish Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier Health Comparison

Health Issues
Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier health comparison. Which is the healthier: Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cairn Terriers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
Irish Terriers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier health problems comparison:
Cataracts
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI)
Cataracts
Legg-perthes Disease
Luxating Patella
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cryptorchidism
Glaucoma
Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
Microvascular Dysplasia
Portosystemic Vascular Anomaly (PSVA)
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Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Miniature Schnauzer should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Frequent
The Cairn Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Frequent
The Irish Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Life Expectancy
Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier lifespan comparison. How long do Miniature Schnauzer, Cairn Terrier and Irish Terrier breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Miniature Schnauzer: 13 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Cairn Terrier: 13 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Irish Terrier: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier energy level comparison:
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are high-energy dogs.
Cairn Terrier dogs are high-energy dogs.
Irish Terrier dogs are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs have an average exercise need.
Cairn Terrier dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Irish Terrier dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
Miniature Schnauzer dogs don't need too much sleep.
Cairn Terrier dogs don't need too much sleep.
Irish Terrier dogs don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Miniature Schnauzer's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average: The Cairn Terrier has an average risk for obesity.
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Average: The Irish Terrier has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier?
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.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Cairn Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier?

Low 🔽

The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Cairn Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Irish Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Cairn Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Irish Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Miniature Schnauzer or Cairn Terrier or Irish Terrier? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier?

Yes

Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Not really

Cairn Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Irish Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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 Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Miniature Schnauzer and Cairn Terrier and Irish Terrier have?
3-6 puppies 2-10 puppies 4-6 puppies

Miniature Schnauzer vs Cairn Terrier vs Irish Terrier Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the 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 Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
Club Espanol De Terriers
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