• Join our Facebook Page!
  • Follow us on Twitter!
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel!
  • Subscribe to the Wiki-Pet.com RSS feed
  • |

208 Breeds, 422 Health Conditions  |  Find a Vet

Wiki Pet - health, breeds, pets, friends!

Suggested Friends

Lisa RobinsonJennifer PylesSabrina TrovatoJeanine Cowger

Meet fellow pet fans & make new friends!

Miniature Schnauzer


Miniature Schnauzer Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 12" - 14"
  • Weight
  • 12-16 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

    Login or Join to contribute

  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Difficult
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Silver / Grey
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors

True Cost Of Ownership

Alternate Names

none known


This breed was developed in the agricultural areas of Wurttemberg and Bavaria in Germany.

Date Of Origin

The Miniature schnauzer originated in the 1400's.


The miniature schnauzer was developed from the standard schnauzer, perhaps through the mixing of affenpinschers and poodles. It was used as a small farm dog, mostly as a ratter. Because it was not bred to go to ground, its temperament is somewhat different than other terriers.


The miniature schnauzer is a small, sturdy, square dog that resembles the standard schnauzer. The head is strong and rectangular and the muzzle is equal in length to the skull and blunt. Its eyes are small, brown and deep set and its ears are V-shaped ans naturally folded or cropped erect. The tail is docked, set high and carried erect. It is double coated with a short under coat and a hard, wiry outer coat. The dogs heavy eyebrows and beard are distinctive.


The miniature schnauzer is alert, spirited and intelligent dog. It is eager to please and loyal to its family, rarely roaming. It gets along with most people and other dogs. It is reactive to sounds and movement, so it makes a good watchdog and is not trustworthy with small prey animals. It is a one person dog.


This breed is a vigilant guard and mouser. It is considered an exclusive companion today.

Health Concerns

Allergies, diabetes, eye problems including cataracts and PRA, melanoma, myotonia congenita, urinary stones.

Additional Information

This dog requires monthly grooming by a professional and faithful upkeep by the owner to keep the dog happy and healthy.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

0 Comments For "Miniature Schnauzer"