If you magicked a wise and whiskery old uncle into canine form, you’d probably get something not too far from the Miniature Schnauzer. A long, wide muzzle is its distinguishing feature among dogs of a similar size. Pristine, peppy and monochrome, this breed is a popular town dog and more of a howler than a yapper. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of the Miniature Schnauzer.
Breed Group: Utility
Coat length: Medium
Exercise: Up to 1 hour per day
Grooming required?: More than once a week
As suggested by the name (try saying it five times in a row – we dare you!), the Miniature Schnauzer came to the fore in 19th century Germany. A small farm dog whose main duty was chasing away pesky rodents, this breed was most likely the result of crossbreeding Affenpinschers and Poodles with small Standard Schnauzers.
The Miniature Schnauzer lives on average 12-15 years.
This breed is susceptible to eye problems, liver disease, kidney stones, diabetes, skin disorders, Von Willebrand’s disease and cysts. It’s quite happy to gobble down more food than necessary and won’t struggle to gain weight if overfed!
The gentle companion
Miniature Schnauzers are renowned for being less aggressive towards other dogs than most terriers and “great with children. Overall, they make good family pets.
Full of beans
This is an inquisitive and energetic dog who needs a brisk daily walk to tick the happy box. Barking is part and parcel of the Miniature Schnauzer’s outgoing personality and can be managed by appropriate training.
Small Dog Syndrome
There’s a risk that your Miniature Schnauzer will end up running the household if it isn’t appropriately socialised to encourage good behaviour.
Miniature Schnauzers are blessed with above-average canine intelligence. They’re eager to please and aren’t difficult to train.
It’s easy-ish to housebreak a Miniature Schnauzer.
Where to find Miniature Schnauzers
Miniature Schnauzer Groups
Fancy hanging out with fellow Miniature Schnauzers and their owners? Find a group below.
Adopt a Miniature Schnauzer
Want to adopt a Miniature Schnauzer in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below.
Sold on the Miniature Schnauzer’s adorable whiskers? Take a look at these Kennel Club Assured Breeders.