MINIATURE SCHNAUZER

Common names: Zwergschnauzer

VITAL STATS

  • Dog Breed Group: Terrier Dogs

  • Life span: 12-14 years

  • Weight: 11-20 pounds

  • Height: 13-14 inches tall at the shoulder

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Adaptibility
Affection Level
Apartment friendly
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Child friendly
Dog friendly
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming
Intelligence
Playfulness
Shedding level
Social Needs
Stranger Friendly
Territorial
Trainability
Watchdog Ability

The Miniature Schnauzer was developed by crossbreeding the German Standard Schnauzer with smaller breed, such as the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher, Poodle and Pomeranian which makes it more compact for ratting, herding, and guarding property. Today it has evolved to be a companion dog rather than being a ratter in the farm. The miniature Schnauzer dog breed has it all in one package: intelligence, affection, extroverted temperament, humor, and a personality that is twice as big as their size. Though they tend to become very dependent and needy with the people they are fond with, but the Miniature Schnauzers are excellent watchdogs. They are protective to the people they love and often get suspicious to strangers. They are prone on barking rather than biting and their barks can make sure the gravity of the situation is at full volume. Though these intelligent dogs can learn quickly, but they can be stubborn. Their preferred way of rebelling is to pretend that they don’t hear you when you try to make them do something.

The Miniature Schnauzer was developed by crossbreeding the German Standard Schnauzer with smaller breed, such as the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher, Poodle and Pomeranian which makes it more compact for ratting, herding, and guarding property. Today it has evolved to be a companion dog rather than being a ratter in the farm. The miniature Schnauzer dog breed has it all in one package: intelligence, affection, extroverted temperament, humor, and a personality that is twice as big as their size. Though they tend to become very dependent and needy with the people they are fond with, but the Miniature Schnauzers are excellent watchdogs. They are protective to the people they love and often get suspicious to strangers. They are prone on barking rather than biting and their barks can make sure the gravity of the situation is at full volume. Though these intelligent dogs can learn quickly, but they can be stubborn. Their preferred way of rebelling is to pretend that they don’t hear you when you try to make them do something.
The Miniature Schnauzer is recognized in four colors: solid black, black and silver, salt and pepper, and white. It has a square-shaped body measuring 11 to 14 inches tall and weighing 10 to 15 pounds for female and 11 to 18 pounds for male. They have double coat—wiry exterior fur and soft undercoat. Though having long beard and bushy eyebrows the Miniature Schnauzer sheds minimal and generally unnoticeable. For this reason they are considered a hypoallergenic breed.

While the Miniature Schnauzer can generally be considered a healthy breed but it is still prone to diseases such as hyperlipidemia, diabetes, bladder stones and eye problems. Feeding low-fatty and unsweetened foods to the dog may help avoid problems. The Miniature Schnauzer should have its ears dried after swimming due to risk of infection; ear examinations should be part of the regular annual check-up. Dental care is also an important aspect of overall health, and the dog’s teeth should be brushed frequently. Owners should keep tabs on their dog’s overall condition and consult their vet with any questions or concerns that may arise.

Even though Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat—a wiry topcoat, with a soft undercoat, but the breed sheds very little. Grooming can be done every five to eight weeks for the dog to look his best. The Miniature Schnauzer should get a bath once a month or so, depending on his surroundings. Since Miniature Schnauzers are active dogs, it is important that nails should be trimmed monthly and ears checked weekly for debris or excess wax.

Having alert and active persona, Miniature Schnauzer requires exercise to maintain their mental and physical health. The dog has no clue how small he is and is likely to talk trash to a much larger dog without any concept of the consequences. Therefore being cautious of surroundings during walks is recommended to owners. The breed also benefits from having a fenced area where they can run and chase a ball safely and enjoy playtime with those its fond with. Their greatest joy is to be with their family and doing activities together.

These dogs are recommended to have a daily amount of ½ to 1 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Miniature Schnauzer should do well on a high quality dog food, whether it is commercial or home prepared as long as it is supervised and approved by the vet. Some dogs are prone to overweight, therefore calorie consumption and weight level should be monitored often and clean fresh water should be available at all times

  • Miniature Schnauzer is considered to be one of the smartest dog breeds. They understood new commands after 15 repetitions and obeyed commands 85 percent of the time or better.
  • Before docking of tails and cropping of ears has become a controversial practice, especially for non-working dogs. The cropped ear look provides for the timeless classic look of Miniature Schnauzer. Now it is considered illegal in a number of countries worldwide.