Mini Wire Hair Snauzer

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14-19 lbs
United States
Miniature Schnauzer
Wire Fox Terrier
Miniature Wire Hair Schnauzer

The Mini Wire Hair Snauzer is a hybrid mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Wire Fox Terrier. This breed is small and does not get any bigger than 15 inches tall and weighs about 17 pounds. The Mini Wire Hair Snauzer has a rough and wiry coat that comes in black, gray, red, silver, red, white, pied, brindle, or a mix of any of these colors. They do get along well with children but need to be socialized early to get along with other pets and should always be supervised with young children. The breed is a hunter and will chase whatever wildlife they come across so be sure to keep them on a leash or fenced in when outdoors. 

Companion, Hunting
Date of Origin
Miniature Schnauzer and Wire Fox Terrier

Mini Wire Hair Snauzer Health

Average Size
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 14-19 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Shoulder Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Hearing and Ear Tests

Mini Wire Hair Snauzer Breed History

While the Mini Wire Hair Snauzer has not been around long enough to have a history, the histories of the parent breeds are able to tell their story. The Miniature Schnauzer is the littlest and the most popular in the Schnauzer family and was originally developed in the 1800s in Germany. This breed started out as a small farm dog used for hunting and killing rats and other vermin. It is thought that the breed was developed from the Standard Schnauzer, Miniature or Toy Poodle, and the Affenpinscher. After World War I, the Miniature Schnauzer became the third most popular breed in America although it used to be known as the Wirehaired Pinscher from the small Terrier group. They were brought to the United States in 1924 and accepted by the American Kennel Club two years later where they are now the 17th most popular breed of dog. The name Schnauzer actually means small beard, and they indeed have a beard that gives them the appearance of an old man. The breed used to come in many different colors but are now usually only seen in black, silver, and gray. The Wire Fox Terrier originated in England in the 1700s from the Rough Coated Black and Tan Terrier for fox bolting and hunting vermin. The breed became a popular family pet and even King Edward the VII owned one named Caeser who actually walked with the casket at the King’s funeral in 1910. The Wire Fox Terrier was officially accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and has won best in show 13 times. They are the 101st most popular dog breed in America.

Mini Wire Hair Snauzer Breed Appearance

The Mini Wire Hair Snauzer is a small dog that is square shaped with triangular ears, a rectangular head, a long, thick muzzle with a black nose, and large, round brown eyes. They have a beard like the Wire Fox Terrier, long bushy eyebrows, and a rough, wiry medium length coat. The tail curls up over the back and the legs are long and straight with short, dense fur and round feet. Their coat is mostly white with accent colors that may be black, gray, red, silver, red, or brindle. Your Mini Wire Hair Snauzer weighs about 13 to 19 pounds and stands about 12 to 16 inches high when full grown. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Wire Hair Snauzer Breed Maintenance

Your Mini Wire Hair Snauzer needs to be brushed with a pin brush and slicker brush once or twice a week. Because of their wiry fur, they also need their coat stripped every couple of months to keep their coat healthy. You can do this by hand by pulling out the dead hairs or use a stripping blade. Luckily, they do not shed much but you may need to bathe them once a month to keep their coat fresh. Be sure to use a dog shampoo recommended by your veterinarian so your dog’s skin does not get dried out. They also need their ears cleaned weekly and toenails trimmed every six weeks.  

Brushes for Mini Wire Hair Snauzer
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Wire Hair Snauzer Temperament

These adorable dogs are full of courage and love and make great family pets. They are not just lovable but cuddly as well and will protect you and the rest of the family from anyone or anything. The Mini Wire Hair Snauzer is also susceptible to Small Dog Syndrome, which can make them snotty and spoiled, so you have to remember to treat them like dogs, not little humans. They are fast learners and are eager to please so you can teach them tricks and train them to do just about anything. While they do get along with children and pets, they still have a high prey drive and should not be left alone with small animals like guinea pigs and hamsters. 

Mini Wire Hair Snauzer Activity Requirements

The Mini Wire Hair Snauzer needs to get at least an hour of exercise every day to keep them from becoming anxious or bored. Some good ideas for activities include swimming, running, hiking, playing at the dog park, or just playing fetch in the backyard for an hour. You should also take your dog for a walk in the morning and evening, changing your route once in a while to keep them stimulated. Like people, dogs can get sick of the same old routine day after day. Just be sure to keep your dog on a leash when not in a fenced yard because they like to chase the local wildlife.  

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Mini Wire Hair Snauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.6
Monthly Cost
$24 - $48

Mini Wire Hair Snauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 16 lbs

Mini Wire Hair Snauzer Owner Experiences

1 Year
3 People
I recused this dog a year ago. The best addition to our family. She is really smart and easy to train. She is very active and a hunter!
2 months, 1 week ago
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