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Miniature Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Miniature Schnauzer Doberman Pinscher Giant Schnauzer
OriginsGermany Germany Germany
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank181680
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Other Names Zwergschnauzer Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
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 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type 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
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 $800-$1000 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Miniature Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Size Small Medium Giant
Weight Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - Miniature Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Coat Wiry Fine Wiry
Colors Salt
Pepper
Silver
Black
Blue
Red
Tan
Brown
White
Black
Pepper
Salt
Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Miniature Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Temperament Alert
Friendly
Obedient
Fearless
Intelligent
Spirited
Alert
Fearless
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligent
Obedient
Dominant
Kind
Powerful
Intelligent
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Miniature Schnauzers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Miniature Schnauzers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Miniature Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Stranger Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Miniature Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Doberman Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers 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
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Giant Schnauzer 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.

Health Factors - Miniature Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Health Issues
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Cataracts
Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cardiomyopathy
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No Yes
Energy Level
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Doberman Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
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 warm weather Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Doberman Pinscher drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Miniature Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

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 6-10 puppies 5-8 puppies

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