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Miniature Schnauzer


General Appearance

Of the three sizes of Schnauzers (Giants, Standards) the Miniature Schnauzer is the smallest of the three ranging in size from 12- 14 inches. He should appear square in appearance with plenty of bone. The Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred to kill vermin. The average lifespan of the Miniature Schnauzer is between 12 to 15 years.


He is robust for his size, alert, lively and well mannered; Even though the Miniature Schnauzer is smaller in size- he can give alarm just as well as a larger dog, making him an excellent watchdog. He does well with other animals and enjoys children. The Miniature Schnauzer loves to be in the middle of everything- therefore a family life is where he wants to be.

As most terriers- some Miniís like to bark.


Right Breed for You?

Smart, trainable and consistently cheerful, this small breed adapts easily to small city apartments, yet remains just as much at home in the country with lots of space to run around. The Miniature Schnauzerís double coat requires hand stripping for the show ring or clipping for the average pet owner, but sheds very little.

Schnauzers have a double coat - a wiry outer coat when stripped and a softer undercoat.The average pet owner generally clips their schnauzer.

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The Miniature Schnauzer as a breed is not plagued with many prevalent health issues. They are fairly free of many genetics issues that affect some other purebred dogs, however the some Miniature Schnauzerís suffer from skin issues.

Other illnesses that can affect Miniatures include: bladder stones, Cushingís disease, diabetes, epilepsy, kidney issues and possible eye issues.


For detailed information on the Miniature Schnauzer please go to the following links

Miniature Schnauzer Club of Canada



The American Miniature Schnauzer Club