Miniature Schnauzer Dogs

Having a Miniature Schnauzer can almost be like having a child—but in a good way. They are alert, perky and playful, but they need guidance to learn manners and obedience. The more you give—whether playtime, constructive games or good old-fashioned attention—the better they get. They love to feel involved in family occasions and will make trouble if they feel ignored.

Miniature Schnauzer

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Quick Facts

  • 10 - 18 pounds
  • 11 - 14 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Singles
    • Families
    • Active, sporty types

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Trademark Traits

    • Furry coat
    • Beard and moustache
    • Perky and alert
    • Childlike and affectionate
    • Obedient and loyal
    • Feisty and competitive

What They Are Like to Live With

Highly intelligent and easy to train, Miniature Schnauzers nevertheless have a fearless streak. Often, they will go up against much larger dogs. And as they grow older they get more territorial. They will bark when they sense a threat, but Miniature Schnauzers are not prone to random or excessive noise. The ideal guard dog, their bark is much worse than their bite.

Things You Should Know

Miniature Schnauzers are high-energy dogs. Without lots of exercise and activity, they can go a little stir-crazy and buggy and mischievous. Miniature Schnauzers, if neglected or not sufficiently exercised, can become destructive or get into other types of trouble.

Miniature Schnauzers need to be brushed regularly to avoid matting. You might want to occasionally trim their beards as well. These dogs, to look their best, will need regular professional grooming.

A healthy Miniature Schnauzer can live as long as 15 years, aging gracefully. Relatively healthy, they can sometimes develop eye problems, kidney stones and diabetes.

Miniature Schnauzer History

The Miniature Schnauzer originated in 19th-century Germany. Originally intended to keep rats out of barns, they were derived from a mix of Standard Schnauzers, Affenpinschers and possibly Miniature Pinschers. The first Miniature Schnauzer on record appeared in 1888 and their first exhibition came in 1889. They began to be bred in the U.S. in 1925 and in 1933 the American Miniature Schnauzer Club was formed.

The Look of a Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers have an overall alert, robust stance—much like their cousins, Standard Schnauzers. They have small, square frames with long heads bearing bushy moustaches, beards and eyebrows. They have oval-shaped eyes, strong muzzles and V-shaped ears that bend forward. Their tails, sometimes docked, are carried high. They come in solid black, salt & pepper, silver & black and sometimes white.

Talk About Miniature Schnauzers 

Bright, energetic and loving

I have a Miniature Schnauzer who is bright, energetic, and ever so loving and affectionate. The Mini Schnauzer is truly a lap dog and will feel upset if left out of family events. They are inquisitive, can sometimes be territorial and will protect their surroundings by barking fiercely! All in all, this breed gives true meaning to the words, unconditional love. They do like to eat though and have a tendency to gain weight, so be careful. They are also excellent with children and the elderly. They love to get and give kisses too!

~Lisa, owner of a Miniature Schnauzer

Even-tempered cuddle bunnies

My breed of choice is the Miniature Schanuzer. I love them because they are so well tempered and such friendly, happy and energetic dogs. They are extremely good to live with as they do not shed fur and they do not smell. They are easy to housetrain and are good with children. They also like a cuddle. To someone thinking of bringing home this breed, I would thoroughly recommend you do because you will not be disappointed!

~Rhiannon, owner of a Miniature Schnauzer

An obedient, affectionate dog

Our Miniature Schnauzer was the most wonderful dog we ever owned. If you purchase this breed make sure you get one from a good breeder, which we did. Ours was a very affectionate dog, very obedient and smart enough to understand our language. Sadly, she developed kidney problems and we took her for her last ride to the vet on July 17. She was 13.

~Lois MacLean, owner of a Miniature Schnauzer

Sweet and intelligent

Without question, the Miniature Schnauzer is the superior breed. Forgetting for a moment how darn cute they are, they are intelligent and 14 pounds of pure sweetness. The Schnauzer is a terrier and wants nothing other than to protect its owner; at the same time, when it is at its most willful its size permits you to pick it up and carry it away. Who wouldn't want the dog that consistently proves itself to be the best breed in the history of dogs in the history of the universe?

~Ellen G., owner of a Miniature Schnauzer

Still a Schnauzer without bushy moustache and beard

Our Mini Schnauzer has so much personality and is just a wonderful happy being to live with. At 6 years old, she loves to run off leash and enjoys her daily walks on leash. She does fine left alone for a few hours in the backyard and is a fantastic couch cuddler.

Regarding the grooming: our Mini Schnauzer gets a nonstandard haircut. Her muzzle is clipped very short so she has no beard or moustache to get messy and it’s easier to brush her teeth. Her paws are also cut very short (poodle feet) to minimize picking up burrs. We don't brush her, but by keeping her hair short and taking her to the groomer every 6 weeks, she doesn't get mats.

Our Schnauzer doesn't shed or smell, even when wet. So don't be scared off by grooming requirements, although do consider the cost. I thought I could learn to cut her hair myself but decided it was best left to a pro.

~Jay, owner of a Mini Schnauzer

So many wonderful traits

I adopted a middle-aged Miniature Schnauzer who became a much loved pet to me and my husband. Unfortunately, the dear old lady passed away at nearly 15 years of age. She had many wonderful traits, one of which was becoming comfortable in many different environments so she was easy to "kennel" when we went on holiday etc, almost like she was saying "So I'm with you now, OK lets go!"

When she passed the house seemed so empty without her that with in a short time we got a new Mini Schnauzer pup. She has been a joy to have from day one. So easy to train and attentive and a very constant companion. She is so eager to please and so full of life! You couldn't ask for more from a young dog. This is an ideal dog breed for both families and single people.

~Mrs L., owner of a Minitiature Schnauzer

Full of unconditional love

Our two miniature schnauzers are brothers, and easily the best dogs we have ever had. They really do give meaning to the term "unconditional love." They love each other and have never had a fight, they love us and they want to be loved by everybody but not in a needy way.

Over the years we have had so much fun together -- they are nearly 13 now. They love the beach, regular walks on the same route so they can smell who has been on their patch, lying in the sun with a bone, and then lying on your lap. Each has his own distinct personality, but they have a lot in common -- fun and love being the two main elements.

~Mr J, owner of two Miniature Schnauzers

Energetic snuggle bugs

I have three miniature schnauzers I love with all my heart. My husband and I cannot have children, and when they are described as a breed that are like little children, that is the truth. They are snuggle bugs one minute, playful and energetic the next, as well as being protective of the home.

I love each of my babies and their individual little personalities. This is an ideal breed for many different people and in different stages of one's life.

~Gretchen L., owner of three Miniature Schnauzers

A smart rescue pup

Prince was a rescue from the shelter. He came into our home from an abusive situation and quickly took to a life of being cared for and loved.

He is very well behaved and responds to any number of complex verbal commands despite having had no formal training. I would recommend this breed to anyone.

~human owned by Prince, owner of a Miniature Schnauzer