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Schnauzer (Miniature)
Schnauzer (Miniature)

Country of Origin: Germany

Group: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs

Section: Pinscher and Schnauzer type

Original Function: ratting

Todays Function: earthdog trials

Dimension Male: 30-36 cm

Dimension Female: 30-36 cm

Weight Male: 5-7 kg

Weight Female: 5-7 kg

Litter Size: 3-6 puppies

Life span: 12-14 years

Other Names: Zwergschnauzer

Colors: Salt and pepper, black and silver, and black. the following colors are not recognized, and are disqu

Living: The miniature schnauzer adapts easy to city living, though it is also at home in the country. they s



The Miniature Schnauzer is a small, squarely-proportioned dog with a long head, bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows. The thick, prominent eyebrows and long mustache are often trimmed to accentuate the dog"s square cut shape. The front legs are very straight. The tail is usually docked. The oval eyes are dark colored, and the v-shaped ears fold forward when left natural or are cropped to a point and stand erect. It has a long head, strong muzzle, a well-developed black nose and a scissors bite. Coat colors include salt & pepper, black, white or a harsh black & silver outer coat with a soft undercoat.


The miniature schnauzer deserves its place as one of the most popular terrier pets. It is playful, inquisitive, alert, spunky and companionable. It is a well-mannered house dog that also enjoys being in the middle of activities. It is less domineering than the larger schnauzers and less dog-aggressive than most terriers. It is also better with other animals than most terriers, although it will gladly give chase. It is clever and can be stubborn, but it is generally biddable. It enjoys children. Some may bark a lot.


This energetic breed can have its exercise requirements met with a moderate walk on leash or a good game in the yard. Even though it can physically survive living outdoors in warm to temperate climates, it emotionally needs to share its life with its family inside the home. Its wire coat needs combing once or twice weekly, plus scissoring and shaping (clipping for pets and stripping for show dogs) every couple of months.


The wiry coat is reasonably easy to look after, but unless it is combed or brushed daily with a short wire brush, it will become matted. Clip out any knots. The animal should be clipped all over to an even length twice a year, in spring and fall, but this


Major concerns: urolithiasis, PRA

Minor concerns: follicular dermatitis, esophageal achalasia, vWD

Occasionally seen: pulmonic stenosis, Legg-Perthes, cataract

Suggested tests: eye, DNA test for vWD, (cardiac)