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Miniature Schnauzer

Size: Small

Weight: 13 - 15 lbs.

Height: 12" - 14"

Life Span: 14 years

Health Problems: Von Willebrand's Disease; kidney stones; liver disease; skin disorders; diabetes; eye problems; easy weight gain

Origin: Germany (1400s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Miniature Schnauzer requires long daily walks and play. This breed prefers play time in a fenced area where it can run free.

Grooming Needs

Brush your Miniature Schnauzer regularly to avoid matting. Cut out tangled spots.


Obedient, feisty and fun, the Miniature Schnauzer often has a nervous disposition. The Mini Schnauzer is a good companion for children and other pets. However, some may be aggressive toward other dogs: Your Miniature Schnauzer may start a fight - then expect you to be its rescuer. This breed is prone to barking and makes a good watchdog. Miniature Schnauzers tend to be good travelers.

Compatibility with Kids

Good companion for children


Originally bred as a smaller version of the Standard and Giant Schnauzer, this dog was originally used for hunting rats. It is likely that the Affenpinscher may have also contributed to some bloodlines.