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Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

A playful fast learner with an adorable beard, is the Miniature Schnauzer your perfect dog?

Arising in Germany in the 19th century, the Miniature Schnauzer was bred to hunt rats. The Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog weighing between 5.0 to 9.1 kgs and growing up to 36cm tall. There are limited colour options with monochromatic back, salt and pepper, black and silver and white being the colour variations.


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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics


Germany, 19th century  

Bred for

Bred for hunting rats


5.0 to 9.1 kgs up to 36cm tall

Weight Range

5.0 to 9.1 kgs


Black, salt and pepper, black and silver

Life expectancy

12 to 16 years  


Wiry double coat that is low shedding, requires frequent grooming


Intelligent, eager to please, can be aloof with strangers   

Exercise requirements

High – tend to be very playful and get bored easily

Best suited for 

Active households 

Apartment Friendly



The working origins of the Miniature Schnauzer make for an intelligent and independent little dog. They are protective of their families and can be aloof with strangers. Although their size may suit apartment living, their highly playful and intelligent nature predisposes them to becoming bored easily which can lead to destructive behaviour and unwanted barking. So, exercise and enrichment are very important whatever your living situation is. They have a stubborn streak, so may be better suited to experienced dog owners. Socialising your Miniature Schnauzer puppy from an early age means getting them used to other dogs, animals, people and different environments. This is an important part or raising your Schnauzer and helping them to grow up into well-adjusted and happy adults. 


They have a long double coat with a wiry outer and are low shedding. The coat can matt easily, so regular trips to the groomer for clipping are required. In between grooming, daily brushing is recommended. Although the standard Schnauzer clip maintains the breeds trademark beard, long hair around the mouth can get caught in the Schnauzers teeth, encouraging the formation of dental disease.   


When choosing a food for your Miniature Schnauzer, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Miniature Schnauzer’s are predisposed to diabetes, so it is crucially important to prevent your Schnauzer from becoming overweight, as obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes. Follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. A calorie-restricted diet could be a good choice for your Miniature Schnauzer if they are becoming overweight. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common health concerns 

In 2020, the top reasons why Miniature Schnauzers visited the Vet included skin problems such as allergic skin disease, gastrointestinal upsets, cancers, diabetes and ear infections.



Average cost for single treatment
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Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)


Skin condition (infection, allergy etc) 




Gastrointestinal tract conditions 












Ear condition (infection, allergy)



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Most popular Miniature Schnauzer names

According to PetSure data in 2019 the most popular Miniature Schnauzer names are:

Most popular names

  1. Millie
  2. Pepper
  3. Luna
  4. Mia
  5. Maggie
  6. Ruby
  7. Scout 
  8. Bella
  9. Lola
  10. Molly

Most popular female names  

  1. Ziggy
  2. Pepper
  3. Millie
  4. Charlie
  5. Archie
  6. Luna
  7. Max
  8. Mia
  9. Oscar
  10. Winston

Most popular male names

  1. Ziggy
  2. Archie
  3. Max
  4. Oscar
  5. Winston
  6. Toby
  7. Alfie
  8. Charlie
  9. Gus
  10. Jet

Did you know?

The beard of the Miniature Schnauzer is not just for show. The extra hair was there to help protect the face from rat bites when hunting rats. 

Where can I get a Miniature Schnauzer?

Check out your local breed specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to visit your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 


  1. Wikipedia, Miniature Miniature Schnauzer, Accessed on 03/11/20
  2. American Kennel Club, Miniature Schnauzer, Accessed on 3/11/20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

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