Miniature Schnauzer | Dog Breed Guide

Miniature Schnauzer | Dog Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Miniature Schnauzer makes for a wonderful family pet. They are lively, active, engaging, loyal and protective companions. Known for being particularly good with children, Miniature Schnauzers love to play, but are not known to be hyperactive. They are said to be a hypoallergenic breed that doesn’t shed much. If you’re looking for a spirited terrier with a big personality, the Miniature Schnauzer is right for you. 

Weight - Male: 11-18 pounds; Female: 10-15 pounds

Height - Male 12-14 inches; Female: 11-13 inches

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Group: Terrier group

Temperament: friendly, alert, obedient, fearless, spirited 

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality

The Miniature Schnauzer originated in the mid to late 19th century in Germany. They may have been bred from smaller standard Schnauzers. Bred to be multi-purpose working dogs, Miniature Schnauzers were used for ratting, herding, and guarding property, before becoming beloved family pets. 

Miniature Schnauzers are small and have wiry hair when clipped. They come in shades of black, black and silver, and salt and pepper. They also shed very little, which means many people with dog allergies are much less affected by their presence in the home. Plus, a low-shedding dog is always a plus for the extra cleanly. The tail is usually clipped. 

These little terriers are spirited, active, intelligent, and make for eager watchdogs. They have a tendency to be suspicious of strangers and other new animals, so it’s best to socialize your Mini Schnauzer from an early age. Once socialized, Mini Schnauzers are great with people and other pets in the home. They will still chase the cat, though, but only for fun! 

Miniature Schnauzers need companionship and do well with big families. They are fantastic with children. They love to play, but like many terriers; can become a little too passionate about a game of tug-o-war. 

The breed is highly obedient and eager to learn. They are likely to excel at obedience training. They need a lot of mental stimulation as they bore easily. Keep your dog entertained by teaching them new tricks and going on long daily walks. 

Although the breed is very active, Miniature Schnauzers do not need a lot of outdoor space to be happy. They make great apartment dogs and their naturally calm nature makes them perfect for city living. 


Miniature Schnauzers need to be groomed and clipped every couple of months. They do not need to be bathed very often. 

Energy Level

Miniature Schnauzers are very active and love to play. They need physical exercise every day. They also bore very easily and need mental stimulation. They love to run and chase, so taking them to the dog run is always welcomed. However, when not in a fenced in environment, keep them on-leash. They have an instinct to chase small animals and they are fast. 

Health Concerns

  • Bladder Stones
  • Allergies
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatitis

Miniature Schnauzers are prone to bladder stones. Be sure to get regular vet checkups to catch any early symptoms. Otherwise, the breed is pretty healthy. Pet insurance is recommended.