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Spinone Italiano vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Tibetan Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Spinone Italiano vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Tibetan Terrier" Compare Spinone Italiano and Miniature Schnauzer. Which is better: Spinone Italiano or Miniature Schnauzer or Tibetan Terrier?
Name Spinone Italiano Miniature Schnauzer Tibetan Terrier
OriginsItaly Germany Tibet
Group Gun Dog Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank11118101
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Other Names Italian Spinone, Spinone, Italian Griffon, Italian Wire-Haired Pointer, Italian Coarsehaired Pointer Zwergschnauzer Tsang Apso, Dokhi Apso
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2000 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand 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
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
Price $1500-$2000 $600-$1000 $1200-$2000

General Appearance - Spinone Italiano vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Tibetan Terrier

Size Large
Medium
Small Medium
Weight Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 50-70 pounds (22-31 kg) Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 18-30 pounds (8.2-13.6 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 60 pounds (26.5 kg) Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 24 pounds (8.2-13.6 kg)
Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 14-17 inches (36-43 cm)
Avg. Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 15.5 inches (39.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Spinone Italiano vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Tibetan Terrier

Coat Wiry Wiry Thick
Smooth
Colors Brown
Roan
White
Orange
Salt
Pepper
Silver
Black
Silver
Gray
White
Black
Grooming
Average: The Spinone Italiano requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Spinone Italianos shed none to minimal.
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Tibetan Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Spinone Italiano vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Tibetan Terrier

Temperament Friendly
Affectionate
Gentle
Loyal
Docile
Patient
Alert
Friendly
Obedient
Fearless
Intelligent
Spirited
Affectionate
Energetic
Reserved
Intelligent
Amiable
Gentle
Sensitive
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Spinone Italianos are quite easy to train.
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
Tibetan Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Spinone Italianos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Tibetan Terrier is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Spinone Italianos don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Spinone Italianos are highly affectionate dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Tibetan Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Spinone Italianos are a social breed.
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
Tibetan Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Spinone Italiano rarely barks.
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Tibetan Terrier rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Spinone Italianos are average watchdogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Tibetan Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Spinone Italianos are average defenders.
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
Tibetan Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Spinone Italiano has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Tibetan Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Spinone Italianos have an 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.
Tibetan Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Spinone Italianos have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
Tibetan Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Spinone Italianos 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.
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Tibetan Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Spinone Italianos are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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.
Tibetan Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Spinone Italianos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tibetan Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Spinone Italianos 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 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.
Tibetan 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.
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.

Good With - Spinone Italiano vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Tibetan Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Spinone Italianos are very stranger friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Spinone Italianos are very kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Spinone Italianos are average friendly towards cats.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Spinone Italianos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Spinone Italiano is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Tibetan Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Spinone Italianos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Tibetan Terriers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Spinone Italianos are generally with other pets.
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Tibetan Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Spinone Italianos 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.
No
Tibetan 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 Not really
Spinone Italiano breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Tibetan 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.
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 - Spinone Italiano vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Tibetan Terrier

Health Issues
The Spinone Italiano 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 Tibetan Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Bloat
Cerebellar Ataxia
Cataracts
Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cataracts
Distichiasis
Hip Dysplasia
Hyperthyroidism
Lens Luxation
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Spinone Italianos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Tibetan Terriers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Spinone Italianos need quite a lot of exercise.
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Tibetan Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Spinone Italianos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Tibetan Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. 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 Tibetan Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Spinone Italiano has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Tibetan Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Spinone Italiano is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Tibetan Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Spinone Italiano vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Tibetan 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 4-8 puppies 3-6 puppies 4-6 puppies

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