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Miniature Schnauzer vs Standard Schnauzer vs Giant Schnauzer Comparison - Dog breed selector: Zwergschnauzer or Mittelschnauzer or Russian Bear Schnauzer? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Miniature Schnauzer vs Standard Schnauzer vs Giant Schnauzer" Compare Miniature Schnauzer and Standard Schnauzer. Which is better: Miniature Schnauzer or Standard Schnauzer or Giant Schnauzer?
Name Miniature Schnauzer Standard Schnauzer Giant Schnauzer
OriginsGermany Germany Germany
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank189080
Reviews214
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Other Names Zwergschnauzer Mittelschnauzer, Schnauzer, Wirehair Pinscher 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 1904 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
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
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
Price $600-$1000 $1200-$1500 $1000-$1500

Miniature Schnauzer vs Standard Schnauzer vs Giant Schnauzer General Appearance Comparison

Size Small Medium Giant
Weight Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 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: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 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: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 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: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Miniature Schnauzer vs Standard Schnauzer vs Giant Schnauzer Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Wiry Wiry Wiry
Colors Salt
Pepper
Silver
Black
Pepper
Salt
Black
Pepper
Salt
Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Standard Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Miniature Schnauzer vs Standard Schnauzer vs Giant Schnauzer Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Alert
Friendly
Obedient
Fearless
Intelligent
Spirited
Devoted
Intelligent
Playful
Good-natured
Lively
Trainable
Dominant
Kind
Powerful
Intelligent
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Standard Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
Standard Schnauzers are easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Standard Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful 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.
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.
Standard Schnauzers are highly affectionate dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
Standard Schnauzers are a social breed.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Average: The Standard Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Standard Schnauzers are good watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
Standard Schnauzers 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.
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low 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.
Standard Schnauzers have an 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.
Standard Schnauzers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
Standard Schnauzers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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.
Standard 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.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Standard Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Standard 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.
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 Schnauzer vs Standard Schnauzer vs Giant Schnauzer Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Standard Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Standard Schnauzers are cat-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are dog-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Standard Schnauzer 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.
Standard Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Standard Schnauzers are usually friendly towards 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
Standard Schnauzers 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
Standard Schnauzer 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.

Miniature Schnauzer vs Standard Schnauzer vs Giant Schnauzer Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Standard Schnauzers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Cataracts
Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Follicular Dermatitis
Hip Dysplasia
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Standard Schnauzers need quite a lot of exercise.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Standard Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low.
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 cold weather conditions
The Standard Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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.
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low 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 Standard Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Miniature Schnauzer vs Standard Schnauzer vs Giant Schnauzer 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 3-6 puppies 4-8 puppies 5-8 puppies

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  • Mjvoigts

    Feb 9, 2021, 2:11:15 AM:

    Miniature schnauzers can be aggressive and have moderate health conditions. Also, standard schnauzers can be heavy shedders.