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Miniature Schnauzer Facts  
General Facts & Stats About Miniature Schnauzers 


The breed, is also  known as a Zwergschnauzer (which means Dwarf Schnauzer).

The originated in Germany during the 1800’s.

The AKC recognized this breed in 1933.

The average sized litter is 5, with an expected range of 3 to 8.

Average life span is 14 years.

They are recognized by the AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC (GB) and UKC.

This is the 12th most registered breed in the U.S.

Puppyhood lasts approximately 1 year.

Color and Appearance

They have the same characteristics as the Standard, except for the smaller size.

They have a square shaped body.

Eyes are brown in purebreds.

Ears may be cropped to stand erect or when left alone will fold over.

The tail is traditionally docked (in countries where docking is legal).

Eyebrows are distinctive and arched.

Whiskers are long and the fur grows into a “beard” on both males and females.

They have small, round cat-like paws.

They have 2 coats of fur, a short and thick undercoat and a wiry, hard outer coat.

One Miniature Schnauzer fact is that purebreds can only be found in the following colors: black, black and silver or salt and pepper.

Weight will range between 11 to 15 pounds when fully grown and they will reach a height of 12 to 14 inches (measured floor to shoulder).


Behavior and Temperament

They are normally very observant and intelligent.

While they can make good family pets, many prefer the company of 1 owner.

They are very happy to sleep in  their human’s bed.

They are excellent watchdogs and are good for chasing and catching any unwanted wildlife creatures such as rats and vermin.

Most can get along well with other animals, however they will tend to want to chase after smaller creatures such as hamsters, mice, etc.

Even though they are indoors dogs, they love to be active outside. Most will thoroughly enjoy long walks, hikes, runs, playing Frisbee and catch or just playing around in a safe, enclosed outdoor area.

They can be very independent thinkers and for this reason, an owner must be persistent and consistent in regards to all types of training.

They  are not typically quiet dogs, as they do often bark.

Training will go much faster after the age of 6 months, since puppies can have very short attention spans.

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Facts About Miniature Schnauzer Care

These are indoor dogs.

They can develop pent up energy if not walked at least 1 time per day, 30 to 45 minutes will be optimal.

Since they are so affectionate, behavioral problems can develop if they are not given attention and love.

One of the facts about Miniature Schnauzers that is important to know is that if he or she is confronted with an aggressive dog, they will often not back down, even if the other dog is stronger and larger. For this reason, one should keep an eye out if at the dog park or any other location in which another canine may approach.

Since they have such a deep instinct to chase, they will be very happy if the owner plays catch with them.


It is recommended to brush with a short wire brush at least 1 time per week.

They are light shedders.

Hairs will grow long around the eyes and mouth if not clipped.  Regular trimmings should be done on those areas for hygiene purposes.

It is a Miniature Schnauzer fact that most are groomed and clip to that hair is even all of the body to an even length…This usually needs to be done 2 times per year.


All breeds are prone to certain medical conditions. The Miniature Schnauzer  is prone to complications from worms, ticks and fleas….Prevention from these is highly recommended.

Other issues that the breed, in general, is prone to are eye conditions, diabetes and urinary stones.  Regular checkups with the veterinarian can catch these issues in early stages when treatment will work best.


It is a Miniature Schnauzer fact that this dog tends to overeat….and this can lead to weight concerns.  For this reason, it is recommended to feed the dog on scheduled (as opposed to free feeding - which mean leaving food out all day for the dog to graze)….and to use a bowl designed to slow down ingesting…they will look like ordinary dog food bowls but will have safe obstructions that distribute the food in a way that causes the dog to eat slower.

Because they are prone to diabetes, they should not be fed any sweet, sugary snacks.



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