Miniature Border Schnollie

13-45 lbs
Border Collie
Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Border Schnollie, a hybrid mix of the Border Collie and the Miniature Schnauzer, is a newer hybrid and there is little information available on the hybrid itself.  The parent breeds are described as intelligent, alert, energetic and friendly, making them great family pets.  Both parent breeds are multi-talented, willingly participating in a variety of activities which include agility and obedience competition, narcotics detection, scent detection, search and rescue,  herding, hunting, and earth dog activities, as well as tracking.  Add to these activities, their playful clowning activities and their protectiveness and you have a delightful mix of furry entertainment.
purpose Purpose
Companion, Protection, Hunting, Detection
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Border Collie, Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Border Schnollie Health

Average Size
Male Miniature Border Schnollie size stats
Height: 12-23 inches Weight: 13-45 lbs
Female Miniature Border Schnollie size stats
Height: 12-23 inches Weight: 13-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Selective IG A Deficiency
  • Lysosomal Storage Diseases
  • Retinal Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Ophthalmic And Ear Exam
  • Blood and Urine Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • cardiac and hip, blood and eye exams
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)

Miniature Border Schnollie Breed History

The Miniature Border Schnollie is a hybrid resulting from the breeding of a Border Collie with a Miniature Schnauzer.  This is a fairly new hybrid and there isn't a lot of information available on the hybrid itself but there is plenty of history available on both parent breeds.  We will glean information about the hybrid from each of the parent breeds.  The Border Collie originated in the United Kingdom and Ireland and the history of this breed can be traced back at least as far as the first century B.C.  It was during this period that the Romans conquered the British and, as part of their baggage and booty, they brought along their own herding dogs to help manage their livestock. Later, sometime following the collapse of the empire, Vikings came on the scene.  It is believed that the Viking raiders also brought their own canines, a Spitz-type, smaller than the Roman dogs found in Britain at that time.  The mixing of these breeds is believed to have created a canine which had greater agility and a smaller size to better perform in the topography of the highlands which border Wales, England and Scotland.  The Border Collie breed can work long and hard, with little oversight by humans, in the rugged terrain in which they were bred. This hardy, hard-working breed remains valuable for these same traits today.  The Border Collie was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995.  The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany and can be traced back to at least the 1400's.  This miniature version of the larger Standard Schnauzer is thought to have in its ancestry the Poodle, Affenpinscher, Wire Fox Terrier,  Zwerzgspitz and the Miniature Pinscher.  Its small size is attributed to crossbreeding and inbreeding of the smallest of the litters to reduce the size to the miniature version.  This feisty mini version of the Schnauzer was created for various farming activities, especially for purposes of ratting, an activity in which he excelled.  Breeding of the Miniature Schnauzer in North America is believed to have begun in about 1924, with the breed being officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926.   Today, this feisty little canine, with its high level of intelligence and loving nature, is not only utilized as a family companion but also makes a great watchdog!

Miniature Border Schnollie Breed Appearance

The Miniature Border Schmollie is a newer hybrid which results from the breeding of Border Collie with a Miniature Schnauzer and, as such, can take on any or all of the appearance traits of one or both of the parent breeds.  Your full-grown hybrid will stand between 12 and 23 inches tall and weigh in from 13 to 45 pounds with males being slightly taller and heavier than females. The body could be squarely built, small and sturdy or medium-sized and athletically built, with a rectangular strong and blunt muzzle or strong and slightly tapered muzzle similar in length to the tapered head,  a nose which is solid black or a color that closely matches the color of the coat, ears which are set high on the head, v-shaped carried erect or partially or fully dropped and a tail that is either low set or high set and of varying lengths.  The eyes could be deep-set and dark, making them look grouchy sometimes or they could be any color depending on the coat color and the two eyes could be different colors.  The coat could be wiry, rough or smooth with a thick undercoat and could come in virtually any color.  Colors you might see in your pet are: solid black, solid white, salt and pepper, black or silver, solid, bi-color, tricolor or merle consisting of black, brown, red, tan, fawn or white.  Your hybrid will likely inherit the scissors bite from both parent breeds.  Your pet's feet could be oval and compact or round and cat-like with arched toes.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Miniature Border Schnollie eyes
hazel Miniature Border Schnollie eyes
brown Miniature Border Schnollie eyes
amber Miniature Border Schnollie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Miniature Border Schnollie nose
brown Miniature Border Schnollie nose
isabella Miniature Border Schnollie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Miniature Border Schnollie coat
gray Miniature Border Schnollie coat
brown Miniature Border Schnollie coat
red Miniature Border Schnollie coat
cream Miniature Border Schnollie coat
blue Miniature Border Schnollie coat
silver Miniature Border Schnollie coat
white Miniature Border Schnollie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Miniature Border Schnollie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Miniature Border Schnollie Breed Maintenance

The Miniature Border Schnollie hybrid is considered a moderate maintenance canine, inheriting a minimal to moderate level of shedding from its parent breeds, the Border Collie and the Miniature Schnauzer.  The hybrid may or may not be hypoallergenic as only the Miniature Schnauzer parent contributes this trait.  Since both parent breeds contribute dense double coats to the bio mix, you should expect to have to brush your pet at least once a week to remove any loose hair and other debris which may be present.  Bathing your hybrid should only be done as needed (perhaps every few months) unless your pet is one who loves to play in the mud and muck.  Less frequent bathing will help to preserve the oils his coat needs for good health.  The ears of your hybrid should be checked at least once a week and cleaned without insertion of anything into ear canal to keep them clean and infection-free. Regular dental checkups and cleanings, coupled with teeth brushing at home at least three times a week will help to reduce the possibility of the development of periodontal disease and its accompanying tooth loss.  Toenails should also be checked weekly and trimmed when necessary unless the canine can keep them worn down in his normal daily exercise activities.  This hybrid inherits low smell and low drooling ratings from its parent breeds.
Brushes for Miniature Border Schnollie
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Miniature Border Schnollie requires weekly brushing
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Miniature Border Schnollie Temperament

Your Miniature Border Schnollie hybrid is a mix of the Border Collie and the Miniature Schnauzer and, as such, can inherit any or all of the temperament and personality traits of the parent breeds.  Your hybrid pet could be alert, intelligent, friendly, playful, energetic, protective and responsive.  He will be loyal to and protective of his human family, being good with kids as well as the family cat and other animals, though early socialization will help to ensure this.  This hybrid gets high levels of intelligence and energy from both sides of the biological equation, giving him a great eagerness to please.  This makes this canine fairly easy to train, provided that you firmly establish, early on, exactly who's in charge. Keep it positive in disciplinary as well encouragement areas and you'll achieve much better results. It is prudent to mention one trait that could be important in the area of training.  As stated earlier, your hybrid can inherit personality traits from both sides of the bio mix. The Border Collie parent contributes an almost  "forever puppy-hood" to the bio mix.  This means that your hybrid may not fully mature (physically as well as emotionally) until it has reached the ripe old age of 3 or 4 years!  The playful nature will not detract from the obvious intelligence of this frisky hybrid mix.  Your pet will likely be great with strangers, too, though don't surprised if he isn't a little louder than usual until he is comfortable that it is safe for the stranger to be present.

Miniature Border Schnollie Activity Requirements

Your Miniature Border Schnollie is a hybrid mix of the Border Collie and the Miniature Schnauzer and, as such, this hybrid will inherit large amounts of energy from both sides of the bio mix.  Those high levels of energy will need to be expended to keep your hybrid (and family members) happy, fit and healthy.  The energy and intelligence contributed by the parent breeds creates a dynamo of a canine in this hybrid mix.  Both sides contribute heritages that have bred into them a need to keep moving, scanning, hunting, watching and guarding.  These traits can cause your hybrid to need to be kept mentally as well as physically challenged.  Long daily walks, several times a day, coupled with time to romp and play in the dog park or the fenced back yard, games of fetch and Frisbee, earth dog activities, obedience and agility training and practice are things which can help keep him occupied, both mentally and physically.  It is important to avoid boredom and the annoying destructive behaviors which can accompany it.  Both parent breeds are considered "people" breeds and love being around people, especially their human family.  Having said this, it is important to note that your hybrid will not like being left alone for long periods of time, suffering from separation anxiety.  Your hybrid can tolerate hot and cold temperatures and can live in urban as well as rural settings,  though homes with open space may be better suited for the Border part of him.  He can, with some modifications for exercise, live in apartments, condos or family homes with or without a fenced yard.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Miniature Border Schnollie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Miniature Border Schnollie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Miniature Border Schnollie size stats at six months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 22.0 lbs
Female Miniature Border Schnollie size stats at six months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 22.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Miniature Border Schnollie size stats at 12 months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 29.0 lbs
Female Miniature Border Schnollie size stats at 12 months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 29.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Miniature Border Schnollie size stats at 18 months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 29.0 lbs
Female Miniature Border Schnollie size stats at 18 months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 29.0 lbs

Miniature Border Schnollie Owner Experiences

6 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Dog Parks
Explore the woods
She is wonderful, the most loyal, devoted, loving character. She is insanely intelligent and you can observe her mental proceeding just watching her. Sometimes we describe her as simian because she has such a specific personality.
2 years, 3 months ago
10 Months
3 People
Long walks
I’ve had Quinn since she was 7-weeks old and she has been nothing but amazing. She was so quick to pick up potty training, she is very energetic so we go on 2 30-minute walks a day, plus extra playtime at night before bed to get all of her zoomies out. Miniature Border Schnollies are very talkative. Quinn talks to me ALL day, usually to tell me that she wants something.
4 years, 2 months ago
13 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Max is a wonderful dog and I have been saying for many years that a schnollie should become a recognised breed! People are always asking what breed he is and saying how obedient he is, these days he walks off lead next to me, although I always carry a lead for safety and road crossing. When he was a puppy he needed firm and consistent training. He became clean quickly asking to go out to the garden. He developed into a well balanced, good natured friendly and obedient dog. He was very lively as a puppy and enjoyed lots of games, such as tug, hide n seek, football and being chased as well as dog puzzle games. He also likes to keep to a routine and doesn’t really like being home alone but boy do you get a welcome when you get home! He loves playing with other dogs and has always been gentle with puppies and rescue dogs having a calming effect on them. Everyone knows him in our neighbourhood and lost of people stop and fuss him when we’re out walking. As he has grown older he requires less exercise but still enjoys his daily walks, usually a 1 mile to 1 and half miles in the morning and a shorter walk in late afternoon. He still enjoys a game of chase or tug too. He has always been an excellent guard dog but will except strangers once I tell him it’s ok to do so! He can sense when a person is uncomfortable with dogs and usually starts to bark or growl before we get close, I put him on lead and calm him and usually speak to the person too, inviting interaction if applicable? All in all a wonderful family dog.
3 years, 6 months ago
1 Year
1 People
Playing in the snow
Sniffs a lot on walks and gets very excited around other dogs. Loves being chased at the park, as well as chasing others. He has wirey fur, brown eyes and all white feet with a white tip on his tail. BIG SNUGGLER. About 27 pounds. His body is very long, but his legs haven't grown in a while. Picks up commands so quickly.
2 years, 12 months ago
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