Breed Information: Miniature Schnauzer

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Breed 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.

closeup of one with cropped ears

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