Schnauzer – Miniature

Growth Size

The Schnauzer grows to a height of 25 – 33cm, and a weight of 5 – 7kg.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years.

Temperament

This lovable breed is a true family pet. Miniature Schnauzers enjoy spending time with their owners and will get to know each family member individually.

Training Difficulty

Schnauzers are an intelligent breed and respond well to training. Obedience training also enhances the dog’s ability to understand communications between them and their owners.

Recommended Owners

Schnauzers are suitable pets for children and adults alike – from large families to single people.

Origin

Miniature Schnauzers were developed around the late 1800s, when farmers required a smaller farm dog to work as a ratter. They were bred by crossing smaller Standard Schnauzers with breeds like the Affenpinscher and Poodle.

Diet

Half a cup to one cup of food per day for adult dogs, split into two meals. Half this amount can be substituted for wet food if desired.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Regular grooming is required to prevent knots and matting occurring. Schnauzers naturally have long hair, so professional grooming is required to maintain their trademark short haircut.

Comments

There are three main colour variations that Schnauzers come in – solid black, black and silver, and 'salt and pepper'. A controversial fourth colour exists, pure white, but this is not recognised by all kennel clubs.