Origin and characteristics

Originally bred in Germany during the 19th century as a farm dog, however nowadays the miniature schnauzer is less used to working.

The miniature schnauzer loves to snuggle with his family. He is a very curious, loving and loyal dog.

They usually get on well with other pets as long as they are socialized from a young age. They are well-behaved with children as well as the elderly, so they make a great all-around family pet.

They are extremely sociable and want attention all the time.

They do well with obedience training. Positive reinforcement training with treats work well with this breed. They need mental stimulation; they enjoy mastering new tricks. His high energy level and quick mind make him a good candidate for agility training.

The miniature schnauzer is adaptable so will fit in with your lifestyle, however he does require daily exercise. They have a large appetite; they are always looking for food and will eat anything. Hence, they put on weight very quickly.

  • Lifespan: 12-15 Years

  • Size: 30-36 cm

  • Weight: 5-8 kg

  • Breed group: terrier

  • Coat: Double coat, with a wiry hard topcoat and soft undercoat

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

A well-groomed miniature schnauzer looks really smart. The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat—a wiry topcoat, with a soft undercoat—that requires frequent brushing, combing, and grooming to look its best. Since the undercoat catches the loose hair, they hardly shed at all.

They shed very little compared to other breeds, so they are often suitable for those with allergies.  Many owners choose to have the coat trimmed with clippers by a professional groomer. This should be done every five to eight weeks for the dog to look his best. Giving them a bath once a month is enough to keep them clean.

How to manage shedding?

Proper care and daily brushing of this dog breed will add to their hypoallergenic nature. The miniature schnauzer also sheds as other dogs, generally around the spring and autumn to prepare for the changing weather.

The rest of the year they only shed a very minimal amount. Generally, the fur from their undercoat will shed and get caught up in the outer coat.  If not brushed regularly the miniature schnauzer can suffer from mats of fur.  Brushing them daily also distributes the natural oils to all parts of the fur promoting a healthy coat. 

A well-balanced, nutritionally complete diet will ensure they stay healthy inside and out.  As a result, they will have beautiful and healthy coat of fur, energy, strong bones and a happy temperament.

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