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Characteristics of the Miniature Schnauzer

Common Characteristics of the Miniature Schnauzer:

Appearance and Size:

The Miniature Schnauzer is a compact sturdy ‘miniature’ dog. They usually have a stiff wiry hair coat with arched bristling eyebrows, whiskers and a beard. The most common coat color is salt and pepper but black and black/silver is also available. In its origination county, Germany, the black Miniature Schnauzer is more common.

Most all Schnauzers breeds in Germany have cropped ears. In the United States, both cropped and uncropped Miniature Schnauzers are seen. The Humane Society is believed to have reduced the wanting of having the hears cropped. Uncropped ears sit high on the head and fold forward down the face to the nose.

The Miniature Schnauzer stands 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder and weighs 13 to 15 pounds by standard.


The Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent and reliable dog. They are very protective of their family and make good watchdogs. They have a great tendency to bark and make known any disruptions in the ordinary everyday family routine.

Home Relations:

The Miniature Schnauzer is a caring, loving, and wonderful family pet. It is usually quite tolerant of children. They are often unsure of strangers and will alert their family members of any visitors.


Miniature Schnauzers tend to be independent dogs. They are usually very smart and easy to train. They do not take well of harsh training or reprimand. They will usually act in an uncooperative way.


Miniature Schnauzers are very intelligent dogs and become easily bored if not attended to. They seek and need a great deal of attention and love. They usually will bond with one family member.

Frequent grooming, plucking, and clipping is usually needed in order to keep their coat clean and groomed. The Miniature Schnauzers’ hair has a great tendency to tangle thus making frequent grooming needed. Routine trips to a groomer are usually needed to maintain the classic Miniature Schnauzer look.  Hair combing is a great neccessaty to prevent tangles.

The average life span of the Miniature Schnauzer is usually between 14 and 16 years.

This data is for information purposes only and does not contain nor is it intended to contain fully factual data. It is the known information obtained as of the time of this writing and is believed to be accurate although I do not guarantee fully the extent in which this data is accurate.

Pennsylvania Miniature Schnauzers, Schnauzers Of PA.
Information above written December 23rd, 2006 by David L. Fisher.

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