Miniature Schnauzer

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Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer Overview

Miniature Schnauzers are the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds. They have a big personality, are often outgoing, and fairly active. Minis have luscious eyebrows, a beard, and the kind of face to carry both of them off. (If you think they have a stern human-like expression with these features, you’re not alone!) The Miniature Schnauzer comes in three different colours: salt and pepper, black and silver, and completely black. Their coat is wiry, hard and absolutely needs to be groomed quite regularly. 

Miniature Schnauzers come from the Standard Schnauzer breed, whose lineage goes back to the 15th century. These tough, muscular animals worked on farms, helping rid them of rodents. Bred with strong observant skills, Miniature Schnauzers make for great watchdogs, protective of you and your home. This breed is adaptable, able to go from roaming large expanses of farmland to small apartments. They enjoy physical activity and love spending time kids. 

Miniature Schnauzers live long and healthy lives, barely shed, and are able to travel quite easily. They are intelligent, friendly, and obedient, making them a great family dog choice. 

Did you know?

Miniature Schnauzers are the result of three different breeds: Standard Schnauzer, Affenpinscher, and Poodle.

Miniature Schnauzer Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic*

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Therapy dog Therapy dog

Popularity ranking**
12-14 in / 11-20 lbs (S)
Average lifespan
12-15 years
Activity level
Vocal and protective
Barking level
Vocal and protective
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

1-2 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Professionally groomed every few weeks

Dog Food

Feeding your Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers, like many of the other small dog breeds, gain weight easily. Monitoring and thoughtfully planning out a feeding schedule is essential to ensure your dog’s health and happiness. This also means, while training your Mini, because aware of how many treats they eat. Just make sure you’re watching and feeling for any weight gain or change in muscle tone. Keeping Minis active will also help with a safe, consistent weight. Otherwise, Minis require high-quality food and fresh, clean water at all times. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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