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Miniature Schnauzer Dog Breed… Everything That You Need to Know at a Glance!

He is certainly an interesting looking dog!

The Miniature Schnauzer Dog is hard to miss with his large mustache, bushy beard, which covers most of his face.  And while these guys may look like tiny little “toy” dogs the truth is, these guys are actually quite stocky little athletes.

Little athletes who…

Are quite relaxed and happy in human company. Which is probably why, so many folks have found that these little guys make for a great addition to just about any family household.

It’s also probably why…

Celebrities seem to love this dog as well!  IN fact, some of the biggest celebrities in the world such as the famous martial artist Bruce Lee, Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole, actress Mary Tyler Moore and comedian Bill Cosby were known to have a Miniature Schnauzer at home.

There’s just something about the little Schnauzer….

That just seems to draw folks to him.  And we were at IndulgeYourPet are no exception to this rule.  This is why, should you choose to adopt a Miniature Schnauzer you should prepare yourself for the fact that people just can’t help stopping you on the street when you take him out for a walk so that they can pat him on his head.

But don’t fret…

Because, while you may grow tired of having to introduce your little guy to everyone on the street, your little guy will certainly love all of the attention!

But is the Miniature Schnauzer the “right” kind of dog for you?

That’s the real question and one that we hope to help you answer for yourself in this here article where we will attempt to answer some of the questions you may have about what it will be like to actually own a Miniature Schnauzer.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Miniature Schnauzer Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Germany

Original Purpose:  Ratter

Height: 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 11 to 20 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  Terrier group

Life Span: 12 to 14 years

Origin of the Miniature Schnauzer Dog Breed

The Miniature Schnauzer has been around for a long time. The first mention of this dog can be found from paintings and writings from the early 15th century. But it was only in the 18th century when he was first recognized as a “bona fide” dog breed.

And while…

It is true that with most “ancient” dog breeds, the actual origin of the breed is usually a “bit” of a mystery, in the case of the Miniature Schnauzer most folks agree that they most likely developed by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher and Poodle.

That said…

It’s also possible that other German breeds such as the Miniature Pinscher, Zwergspitz and Wire Fox Terriers were added to the mix.


The real “credit” for miniaturizing the Schnauzer goes to Georg Riehl and Heinrich Schott. The first Mini Schnauzer was registered in a German stud book in 1888. He was introduced to the wider public in a dog show in Stuttgart in 1899.

From there…

It took about 30 years or so until the early 1920’s when the Miniature Schnauzer made its presence felt in the United States. He aroused a lot of curiosity because of his unique looks and composed temperament.  Shortly thereafter, a Schnauzer Club of America was formed in 1926. This was further divided into the American Miniature Schnauzer Club and the Standard Schnauzer Club of America, both formed in 1933.

The Mini Schnauzer…

Was then “officially” registered by the American Kennel Club in 1933, as a part of the Terrier Group.

Physical Characteristics of the Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are small in size, no more than 12 to 14 inches in height. But these are sturdy dogs, with a square shaped, robust body. They are light enough to be carried around, weighing only 11 to 20 pounds.

We should also point out that…

This dog has a distinctive wiry double coat which is of the color combinations Solid Black, Salt and Pepper or Black and Silver.  But ultimately, it will be their bushy mustache, bushy eyebrows and a shaggy beard that really makes them stick out. His ears are usually cropped.


He is a peaceful dog for the most part…

The Mini Schnauzer Dog is not the sort to get unduly aggravated. He is a calm and composed dog that is more of a lover than a fighter. He is the complete opposite of his compatriot, the Miniature Pinscher in this regard.

He also…

Gets along well with everyone, even with other dogs. However, the Schnauzer Dog belongs to the Terrier Group. So he does have a prey drive, but it is not as pronounced as it is in many other Terrier dogs. He does feel uncomfortable around cats, but that doesn’t mean he is going to try to kill them.

What he is really good at…

The Miniature Schnauzer is above all a farm dog.  He was originally bred for his rat killing skills. He can also be a good guard dog or watchdog because of his sharp hearing and loud barking voice.

He is noticeably…

Intelligent and relatively easy to train because of this. He is also pretty responsive to the owner’s commands, once he understands that you’re in charge.  And by this we don’t mean that you need to get aggressive with him or her, because that’s just not necessary.  We mean that you’re in charge of the hugs and treats!

You see…

He is an affectionate dog and gets attached to his human family. He is as loyal as they get. He will stick with you, no matter what. He is not the sort of a dog that runs away the moment you let go of the leash.

Miniature Schnauzer Health Problems

The Miniature Schnauzer is a very healthy breed. He has a life expectancy of 14 to 15 years, so he is not the sort of dog that gets sick often. But even this little guy does suffer from certain health problems such as…

  • Allergies
  • Canine Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinosis
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis
  • Myotonia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Canine Cutaneous Histiocytoma
  • Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (“Dry Eye”)
  • Lens Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Renal Dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Endocardiosis
  • Portosystemic Shunts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Melanoma

And while…

Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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