Mini Schnauzer Chin

5-12 lbs
United States
Japanese Chin
Miniature Schnauzer

Your Mini Schnauzer Chin is a designer breed mix of the Japanese Chin and Miniature Schnauzer. Since they are both small breeds, this breed will not get much larger than 12 inches high and weighs about 10 pounds. Because of their size, they do best in homes without small children but older children are okay as long as they know how to treat them. They do not tolerate much teasing or squeezing. They do like other pets but should be socialized early so they get along. The Mini Schnauzer Chin is not easy to train and may need obedience school to get them properly housetrained. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Japanese Chin and Miniature Schnauzer

Mini Schnauzer Chin Health

Average Size
Male Mini Schnauzer Chin size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 8-15 lbs
Female Mini Schnauzer Chin size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 5-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Mini Schnauzer Chin Breed History

The Japanese Chin originated at least 1,500 years ago and was part of the Chinese Royal Court around 500 A.D. Others believe they were bred in Korea and migrated from there but the majority of experts claim the Japanese Chin is from Japan and was bred to be a lap dog. They were originally called Japanese Spaniels but were bred from the Pekingese and Pug. Another story is that the Japanese Chin was given to the Emperor of Japan as a gift from the Chinese Emperor in 1,000 A.D. They were always treated as royalty although there were Portuguese sailors who used them as currency and Princess Catherine of Braganza got one as a gift from these sailors. In 1854, a Commodore named Matthew Perry brought the Japanese Chin to Europe and gave a pair to Queen Victoria and a pair to President Franklin Pierce. In 1888, the breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club although they were known as the Japanese Spaniel until 1977. Now, the Japanese Chin is the 108th most popular breed of dog in the United States. The Miniature Schnauzer originally was developed from the Affenpinscher, Poodle, and other Terriers in the 1800s in Germany for hunting rats on small farms. They became popular as companion pets soon after and even though they were Schnauzers, they were put in the Terrier group, where they are still listed today with the American Kennel Club. They were named after their beard, since schnauzer means small beard in German. They are now the 17th most popular breed of dog in the United States.

Mini Schnauzer Chin Breed Appearance

Your Mini Schnauzer Chin is a small breed about 9 to 13 inches tall and weighing 5 to 15 pounds on average. Their big, wide set eyes are dark brown and they have a short muzzle with a black nose. Their plumed tail is curved over their body, with short legs, long torso, blocky, rectangular head, and perky, triangular ears that may fold over. The Mini Schnauzer Chin can be a variety of colors but is usually mostly white with accent colors of brindle, sable, pied, silver, fawn, cream, red, brown, gray, or black. Their bright and alert expression shows their friendliness and interest in everything around them. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Mini Schnauzer Chin eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Schnauzer Chin nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
gray Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
brown Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
red Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
cream Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
fawn Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
silver Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
white Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
pied Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
sable Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
brindle Mini Schnauzer Chin coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Mini Schnauzer Chin straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Schnauzer Chin Breed Maintenance

The Mini Schnauzer Chin needs a lot of maintenance for their coat. You should brush them daily with a pin brush and comb to work through both the outer and inner coat. Also, they should be professionally groomed every few months to keep them from getting matted. If they have wiry fur, you will need to use a stripping blade to remove the dead hairs every couple of months or you can do it by hand. Clip your Mini Schnauzer Chin’s toenails about once a month and wipe out their ears every other week to prevent irritation and the build-up of wax. Brushing their teeth once or twice a week is also recommended. 

Brushes for Mini Schnauzer Chin
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Mini Schnauzer Chin requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Schnauzer Chin Temperament

While the Mini Schnauzer Chin is a friendly dog, they are not great with small children. They are small and easily injured so they can become snappy if they feel threatened. In addition, they should be socialized early, as a puppy, so they learn to get along well in a house with other animals. Since they are difficult to train, obedience classes are recommended. However, if you have the time and patience you can train them yourself. The Mini Schnauzer Chin has trouble with housetraining and many owners of this breed end up using puppy pads to keep them from ruining their carpets. They are good family pets for those who have the time and dedication to train them. 

Mini Schnauzer Chin Activity Requirements

The Mini Schnauzer Chin does not need too much exercise but you should make sure they get at least a half hour to 45 minutes of activity a day. They are small enough that they can enjoy most of their activity indoors but they do need to get out in the fresh air every day and it is good for them to have a fenced yard to play in. This breed does like to chase rabbits and squirrels so be sure to keep her on a leash when not in an enclosed area. If your dog does not get enough exercise, they can get bored or anxious. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Mini Schnauzer Chin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Mini Schnauzer Chin Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Schnauzer Chin size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female Mini Schnauzer Chin size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Schnauzer Chin size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Mini Schnauzer Chin size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Schnauzer Chin size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Mini Schnauzer Chin size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs

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