A Schnauzer type dog has been represented in art and sculptures as early as the 1400’s.  This breed is a result of crossing the Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher and other small breeds. The name Schnauzer was first associated with this breed in 1879. They were recognised as a separate breed in 1899 in Germany and first appeared in America in 1925.




The Miniature Schnauzer is a small sized dog. They are sturdy and muscular with an alert outlook. Their eyebrows, moustache and leg hair gives them a very distinctive appearance.

Size Small
Colour They can be salt and pepper, black with silver markings, solid black or white in colour. White is not a common colour and is rarely seen in the show ring. 
Coat Length Short Medium
Weight/Height Range Ideally dogs should measure 35cms at the withers and weigh 8kgs. Bitches should measure 33cms and weigh 7kgs.
Ailments There are several conditions that occur in the breed. Breeders are trying to reduce them by careful and responsible breeding and screening where possible.
Breed Classification The Miniature Schnauzer is a member of the utility group in Britain and Australia, but in the working group in the United States. They were originally used as ratters; today they are companion dogs

Feeding & Ownership

Feeding of this little dog is relatively easy, however care must be taken that they do not become overweight. 


Food Cost $5 to $10



The Mini is a lively, active little dog. They can be stubborn and wilful and do need a firm hand when training. They do get on well with children and other household pets if they are introduced at an early age. The Miniature Schnauzer makes an ideal family pet and watchdog. They are quite vocal and will be quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory. The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds, it also is said to have the best temperament. 


Intelligence The Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent dog that is easily trained and likes to please, although it does not enjoy repetitive training for its own sake. The breed is contented and not destructive when left alone.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children Medium
Tendency to Bark Medium
Overall Exercise Requirement The Mini Schnauzer enjoys exercise and play, and happily fit into their family’s life style
Suitability as a Guard Dog Medium
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Other Animal Compatibility Medium



The coat of the Mini is harsh, wiry and short with a dense undercoat. All over grooming is required at least twice a week. Hand stripping is a must for the show ring but clipping is straightforward and easy for the smart family pet although the body colour does pale over the years.

Grooming Requirements More than once a week
Amount of Hair Shed Little