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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.

Dog Food for Your Miniature Schnauzer

Small Breed Puppy 6 lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Puppy

For the care and nutrition of Small Breed Puppies.

Small Breed Adult 6 lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of small breed dogs.

Small Breed Senior 6lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Senior

Helps support the lifelong health of small breed senior dogs.

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Picky No More™ Small Breed

Created to please even the pickiest of small breed dogs. 

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