Miniature Schnauzer

Terrier Group

Lacy and Duke and Lidgy from the BelleFarmer Schnauzers Kennel

The Miniature Schnauzer is a spirited little dog who thinks he’s four times its size.  While sometimes cute, it could lead to problems with other, larger dogs.  Early socialization will go a long way in avoiding this problem.  They are full of energy and want to be a big part of family life.  The Miniature Schnauzer is a good watchdog who provides a good warning.  But, sometimes an “off” switch would come in handy.  A good mouser.  They are good apartment dogs if you can accept some levels of activity (they are not couch potatoes).  A good walk each day and some games will help to satisfy their exercise and entertainment needs.  They should be brushed on a daily basis.  Also see Giant Schnauzer and Standard Schnauzer

Read PGAA’s Hypoallergenic Dogs article.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
Wiry Daily Good apartment dog.  Good with children.  Sometimes think they are bigger than they are. Could be OK for allergy sufferers.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

American Miniature Schnauzer Club

Miniature Schnauzer Club of Canada



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