Miniature Schnauzer Breed Information and Photos

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closeup of one with cropped earsBreed Description: This version of the Schnauzer retains all of the characteristics of the standard-sized Schnauzer-a square shaped body, wiry coat, v-shaped ears, bushy eyebrows, a prominent beard, and a large black nose. This affectionate, obedient breed is playful and alert and makes an ideal small companion dog.

Group: Terrier Group

Purpose of Breed: Bred to be a house pet version of the Standard Schnauzer.

Country of Origin: Germany

Average Size: Ranges from 12 to 14 inches and 13 to 15 pounds.

Color(s): Salt and pepper or black.

Coat Type: Miniature Schnauzers have thick, bushy, outer coats with a wiry texture and dense undercoats.

Grooming: The Miniature Schnauzer sheds very little, but needs to be brushed at least twice a week and trimmed every 5 to 8 weeks. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.

Exercise Needs: Miniature Schnauzers are lively dogs that make good house pets providing they receive plenty of exercise.

Temperament: The Miniature Schnauzer is curious, lively and affectionate. This intelligent breed is easy to train, is generally good with children and makes a playful family pet. Clever and strong-willed, Miniature Schnauzers can be prone to barking, but are obedient and willing to please. This breed tends to have a favorite person, but is loving and loyal to the entire family.


Common Ailments: Susceptible to liver disease, kidney stones, skin disorders, cysts and eye problems.

Life Expectancy: Averages 12-14 years.

Trivia: The Miniature, Standard, and Giant Schnauzer, although similar, are all distinctly separate breeds. Miniature Schnauzers have been popular with celebrity owners such as Senator Bob Dole, actress Mary Tyler Moore, and actors Bill Cosby and Bruce Lee.

More Information: American Miniature Schnauzer Club, Inc.

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September 11, 2009

Scruffy is 3 years old and a Miniature Schnauzer. I purchased Scruffy about 2 1/2 years ago from a breeder. He is the sweetest most gentle dog I have ever owned.


He gives me morning kisses and paws at me when he wants attention. Truly lovable.


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August 17, 2009

This is Peanut, a 13 year old Miniature Schnauzer, and Ma Chat, a 6 year old Blue-Point Mitted Ragdoll cat. They both came from breeders when babies.

dog and cat snuggling

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March 22, 2011

Henry is about 4 years old. My sister works with an animal rescue group in California. Henry is a rescue from the pound.


She got him as a foster dog, but decided she couldn't give him up and kept him herself.

with another Schnauzer

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April 18, 2012

Bella is 3 and a Miniature Schnauzer. Bella was given to my son, by my mother when he was 10 months old. She knew he was too young for her, but she also knew my dogs were getting old.

Bella (Miniature Schnauzer)

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February 18, 2010

My name is Tiny Tim the Terrible Miracle and I am 1 1/2 years old. I'm a Miniature Schnauzer. I'm a product of love between my father Handsome Fella and my loving, beautiful mother Pappys Gretta.

black puppy

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June 5, 2018

She was originally my grandmother's. My grandma told me that Pepper and I are perfect for each other. She insisted that I take Pepper because we were meant for each other.


She was right. I never knew I could love an animal so much. She's been my everything since she was 3 years old.

Pepper (Schnauzer)

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September 24, 2010

Teasha is a 1 year old Min Black Schnauzer. I got her from a Schnauzer breeder in Wisconsin, March 30th 2010. Teasha likes to play ball, run in the yard, go for long walks and pose for pictures

wearing athletic sweater

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April 20, 2010

This is Snuggle a Mini Schnauzer. At the time of the picture, she was 18 weeks old. We got her when she was 8 weeks because my sisters apartment building wouldn't let her have her, and we have loved her ever since.

dog being held

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April 19, 2009

Bailey is a 2 year old AKC Miniature Schnauzer that my granddaughter picked out for me. She used to love to chew on furniture, and then I got Tommy, my 1 year old Miniature Schnauzer.


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November 13, 2008

Bear is a 4 month old schnauzer. I got him 2 months ago, a gift from my husband.

Schnazer pup

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May 8, 2012

Lana is a 9 year old Miniature Schnauzer. We have had Lana since conception, her mom is my mom's dog and her dad was my dog.

Miniature Schnauzer on grass

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May 18, 2011

NaVaa is a 4 year old Schnauzer. I received her right before Christmas 2006, and we have been inseparable ever since. She likes to play with a basketball outside, all by herself. Doesn't matter the weather.

Dog playing outside.

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