Schnauzer (Miniature) Breed Profile

KC Group Utility

Size Small

Height 33-36cm

Average lifespan Over 10 years

Good with children? Yes

Good guard dogs? Would bark

Moulting level Low

Grooming Moderate

Exercise requirement Moderate

Jogging partner Short runs

Temperament Kind, loyal and amusing

Schnauzer (Miniature) Breed Profile

The Miniature Schnauzer is a very distinctive breed, with a bearded muzzle and big bushy eyebrows. With his quirky looks and huge personality, this hardy little dog has it all. 

Miniature Schnauzer Popularity

Over the past decade, the Miniature Schnauzer has proved himself to be very popular in the UK, and puppy registration figures have remained fairly consistent, from 4,396 registrations in 2006, to 5,302 in 2015. Gail Wise is vice chairman of the Schnauzer Club of Great Britain and owns six Miniature Schnauzers and one Giant Schnauzer. Like many Miniature Schnauzer owners, she was initially attracted to the breed's looks and was drawn in by their endearing personalities. "I used to have Boxers when my children were little, but I saw a Miniature Schnauzer at a companion dog show and fell in love with how they look - like little old men," said Gail, from Addlestone, Surrey. "I didn't know what breed they were at the time, but once I found out, I decided that I must have one."

Soon after this encounter, Gail decided to get a Miniature Schnauzer of her own and has bred them since 1996, which means that she knows the breed incredibly well. "You just can't beat Miniature Schnauzers. They're amenable family dogs and they just want to please you - they're a little dog with the personality of a big dog."I think they're so popular because of their amusing looks. Many short-haired breeds can look quite plain, but schnauzers' beards and eyebrows attract people. 

Miniature Schnauzer Character

A big dog in a small body, fearless, eager and full of fun. Breeder Gail Wise states "Giant, Standard, and Miniature Schnauzers all have similar personalities and they are all very intelligent, although some people believe that the black ones can be more strong-willed than the other colours - but I've got all different colours and they're equally as adorable, sensible, and clever. It's important for a Miniature Schnauzer to have training from a young age. I tell people who buy my puppies that they should take them to puppy parties/groups so they become well socialised. I also tell people that it's good to channel their energy and get involved with activities; they are particularly good at agility because they're so agile."

Miniature Schnauzer History

It is believed that the Miniature Schnauzer was developed in Germany from the Standard Schnauzer, which was cross-bred with the Affenpinscher and the Poodle. It was officially recognised as a separate breed in 1933 and, therefore, it is the most modern of the three types. The breed is part of the utility group, which consists of a varied group of dogs, most of them bred to perform a specific function. The Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred by farmers to hunt vermin, as well as for guarding property and livestock. Each type of schnauzer has the long-bearded muzzle, developed to protect their faces from any retaliation from their prey. The breed can be one of four colours - pepper and salt; black; black and silver; or white.

Miniature Schnauzer Health

Generally a very healthy breed; some are prone to kidney stones, so a good-quality diet is advised. Puppies should also be eye tested by the breeder.

Miniature Schnauzer Activity Levels

Breeder Gail Wise states that the Miniature Schnauzers are "very active so you can take them for walks and be out for as long as you want, but they are also quite happy if you don't have much time one day and you just want to take them around the block and let them sit on your lap - they won't punish you." They can have a go at a wide range of activities and are particularly good at agility.

Miniature Schnauzer Special Care

Daily grooming with a wire glove on the body and a comb through the whiskers and leg hair is ideal. The Miniature Schnauzer can be clipped or you can strip him twice a year.

They can live in any size of house, as long as they get a daily walk. But make sure they know you're the boss, or they'll rule your house!

Did you know?

  • The word ‘schnauze' means ‘muzzle' in German.
  • Farmers would sometimes keep a Miniature Schnauzer with a German Shepherd as a protective team to ward off predators and keep livestock safe. The schnauzer could alert the German Shepherd when there was trouble.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.