Miniature Schnauzers


The Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred in Germany in the late 19th century. It was a medium sized farm dog used as a guard dog and for ratting. As time progressed the breed was slowly bred down to a smaller size mixing them with the Poodle and Affenpinscher and then used primarily for ratting. The Kennel club places the Miniature Schnauzer in the Utility group for shows such as Crufts.

Miniature Schnauzers are often found in dog agility, obedience and herding trials. They are a companion dog who is friendly, intelligent, alert and eager to please. They are generally obedient and easy to train. The Miniauture Schnauzer makes an excellent watch dog and will bark at anything they see as suspicious. They are very good with children and love to play. As with any dog small children should be supervised and not left alone when playing with a dog. The Miniature Schnauzer requires daily exercise of 30-45 minutes. They can be kept in a small house or flat. When not out exercising they are happy curled up on your lap.

Miniature Schnauzers are typically a healthy breed but do suffer from problems associated with high fat levels as well as diabetes and eye problems. They should also have their ears dried thoroughly after swimming to avoid infection.

In recent years Miniature Schnauzers have become very popular, consistently ranking in the top 20 most registered dogs with the UK Kennel Club.



  • height 12-14 inches (30-36cm)
  • weight 12-20 pounds (5.4-9.1kg)


  • height 12-14 inches (30-36cm)
  • weight 12-18 pounds (5.4-8.2kg)
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Miniature Schnauzers are squarely proportioned and sturdily built. They have dark eyes with bushy eyebrows and have a strong jaw and perfect scissor bite. Their skull is slightly pointed from the widest part at the ears narrowing to an almost point at the nose. Their V-shaped ears drop forwards. They have strong muscular legs and compact black pads at the feet. Some Miniature Schnauzers previously had their tails docked but in 2007 UK legislation was passed making most docking illegal - some exceptions are allowed for working dogs or for medical reasons. A Schnauzers tail should be fairly thick and tapering towards the tip.

A Miniature Schnauzer has four main colours. They come in black, white, pepper and salt and black and silver. They are often described as non-shedding and although they do shed the amount is minimal. A Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat that requires regular grooming. This is either done by stripping or clipping the coat on the body and leaving the hair on the legs, ears and edge of the body to grow.

Miniature Schnauzers are expected to live until they are 12 years and some will pass 15 years or more. Their litters are from 3 – 5 puppies.