Miniature French Schnauzer

15-22 lbs
French Bulldog
Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature French Schnauzer is a designer dog, the intentional crossbreed between the French Bulldog, an amicable and entertaining little companion animal descended from the English Bulldog, and the Miniature Schnauzer, a determined terrier type dog developed to hunt rats in Germany. This particular crossbreed can vary quite a bit from dog to dog, but they will generally be a playful, family-oriented dog with moderate to low exercise needs that can adapt quite well to either a larger home or a smaller space, like an apartment. Grooming can vary from dog to dog, and some of these hybrids will only require brushing once a week or so, while others may require daily brushing and regular clipping or scissoring. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
French Bulldog and Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature French Schnauzer Health

Average Size
Male Miniature French Schnauzer size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 15-22 lbs
Female Miniature French Schnauzer size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 15-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Colitis
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Urolithiasis
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cleft Lip or Palate
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
  • Anemia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemivertebra
  • Kidney Disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Lysosomal Storage Diseases
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Megaesophagus
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Genetic Testing
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)

Miniature French Schnauzer Breed History

The Miniature French Schnauzer is a deliberate hybrid between the Miniature Schnauzer, a proficient German ratter, and the French Bulldog, a small companion animal descended from the English Bulldog and favored by artisans and lacemakers throughout both England and France. The original Standard Schnauzer dates back in one form or another all the way back to the middle ages, but the distinctive wiry coat that characterizes the breed didn’t occur until the mid 1800s, when German breeders added in genetic stock from both the Standard Poodle breed and the Keeshond, known at the time as the Grey Wolfspitz. The Miniature Schnauzer is genetically quite a bit different from both the Standard and the Giant Schnauzer varieties as additional dog types were employed to create the different sizes. While Standard Schnauzers were mixed with larger dogs such as the Great Dane to create the Giant Schnauzer, the Miniature was developed by including genetic contributions from other small German Terriers and Pinschers, such as the Affenpinscher and the Wire Fox Terrier, which gives them a similar appearance, but very different temperaments and medical susceptibilities. In 1888, the first official Miniature Schnauzer was recorded in a German stud book and they were accepted as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club in 1926. The French Bulldog was originally developed in England at some point in the 1800s, a descendant of the English Bulldog that was intended as a companion animal and watchdog. They were a smaller, lighter canine that found a niche as the companion animals to the artisans of the time, particularly the makers of lace. When many of the artisans that owned these little dogs relocated to the north of France, they brought their dogs with them, and fanciers began to unify the appearance and temperament of the breed, characterizing them by a compact body, sturdy, straight legs, and a large blocky head with an undershot jaw. Until the French Bulldog Club of America drew up a new breed standard towards that specified that this breed was typified as having bat-shaped ears during the tail end of the 1800s both rose ears and the bat-shaped ears were common.  

Miniature French Schnauzer Breed Appearance

The Miniature French Schnauzer is a small to medium sized canine, with compact muscles, straight legs, dark brown eyes, and a square silhouette. Beyond that, there can be a large range of characteristics, however, as the French Bulldog and the Miniature Schnauzer are often quite different in structure, appearance, and in temperament. The Miniature French Schnauzer can take any or all traits from either the French Bulldog, a sturdy little dog with a large, square head, round eyes, a short broad muzzle, and large upright ears referred to as Bat Ears or from the Miniature Schnauzer, a robust terrier type dog with a more rectangular shape to their head, a strong, blunt muzzle which is moderate in length, oval eyes and small V-shaped ears that fold down close to the skull. While many of these hybrids will inherit the wiry, double-layer coat of the Miniature Schnauzer, inheriting the glossy, single-layer coat of the French Bulldog is just as possible.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Miniature French Schnauzer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Miniature French Schnauzer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Miniature French Schnauzer coat
gray Miniature French Schnauzer coat
brindle Miniature French Schnauzer coat
fawn Miniature French Schnauzer coat
white Miniature French Schnauzer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Miniature French Schnauzer wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Miniature French Schnauzer Breed Maintenance

The grooming regimen for this canine can diverge greatly, depending on which coat the individual Miniature French Schnauzer inherited. Those that have inherited the short, single-layer coat of the French Bulldog will only really need brushing about once a week in order to remove dead hairs and to ensure that it retains its glossy sheen. Those that receive the wiry, double-layer coat of the Miniature Schnauzer will require brushing on a daily basis in order to prevent mats from forming in the dense, soft fur that makes up the first layer of their coat. They may also require clipping or trimming on regular basis, possibly as often as every five to eight weeks. The teeth and nails of the hybrid must be attended to as well; brush the teeth a few times a week and check the nails for length on a bi-weekly basis, taking care to not allow them to get too long.

Brushes for Miniature French Schnauzer
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Miniature French Schnauzer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Miniature French Schnauzer Temperament

The temperament of this hybrid can also vary quite a bit from dog to dog, often even within the same litter. The traits that the French Bulldog may be able to pass down to the Miniature French Schnauzer are generally pretty consistent. This breed is typically a comical animal that tends to be friendly with most everyone, although rodents may not be safe and bickering can occur between males. The personality traits that are inherited from the Miniature Schnauzer may be more erratic, however, as there can be a great deal of variation in the temperaments of individual Miniature Schnauzers. Within this breed, you can find individuals who are clownish, serious, nervous, sweet-natured, scrappy, or even suspicious, and it may be difficult to determine what an adult dog’s personality will be like from the puppy. The way that any individual Miniature French Schnauzer will react to new experiences, people, and other animals can be just as varied as their personality. The best way to ensure a stable, good-natured canine is to provide ample opportunities for positive socialization, particularly when your dog is young. 

Miniature French Schnauzer Activity Requirements

The Miniature Schnauzer is a terrier breed and as such, they are typically rather active and energetic canines, however, this is balanced by the more peaceful and calm demeanor of the French Bulldog. Between 45 minutes and an hour of vigorous exercise spread out throughout the day each day will usually meet the exercise requirements for this crossbreed. The Miniature French Schnauzer is a very trainable animal and most of these dogs will also do quite well at obedience training, possibly enjoying and even excelling at advanced obedience and rally or agility sports for dogs. In many cases, this hybrid will do fairly well in either a larger home or an apartment, although some may be a little too vocal for an apartment setting. 

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

Miniature French Schnauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.8 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Miniature French Schnauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at six months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
Female Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at six months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
Female Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
Female Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs

Miniature French Schnauzer Owner Experiences

3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Jess is a playful, happy and healthy dog, who loves a good walk and a swim. She is social with other dogs, but a bit cautious to start. She loves to chase rabbits (that's the terrier part of the schnauzer) and loves a good play with her rope toys. all round a great dog.
11 months, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Go to Beach
Catch treats
Dog Parks
Eating Snacks
my miniature french schnauzer is great and she loves people and other dogs but she comes across as aggressive when she sees another dog because she barks loads.
11 months, 4 weeks ago
6 Months
1 People
Playing fetch
Chasing ice cubes
hide and seek
Tug of war
Learning new tricks
Super duper friendly! Can't say this enough. Rai-Rai LOVES kids, and people in general and LOVES other dogs. She's VERY playful and SUPER sweet. I cannot say HOW friendly and sweet she is. Just loves EVERYONE!
9 months, 1 week ago
8 Months
2 People
Our French schnauzer is white she has the body of French bulldog and face of schnauzer , hair is growing. Very slow , we are praying to get more hair on the face , for some reason she is loosing a lot of hair I don’t know what to do with her , I’m collecting tons of hair ,, very different to our male mini schnauzer ,, she is not friendly and she bark to everybody aggressively , to dogs , to people , even to whatever it moves ,, it the beggining even to me she was growling like very strong but I already control her ,thanks god because I was very uncomfortable with her behavior , always said to my wife we need To control Her before she will grow. With this carácter, the reality the breaded sold her to us like mini schnauzer , I made DNA and she was 50/50 mini schnauzer and French bulldog ,, I don’t know how to train her she is very smart but it is very difficult to train her , she is not learning like my male mini schnauzer , the only think I was able to train Her it was the command of sitting and that She listening when I’m calling her ,, And of course the word NO , she always doing something wrong hahaha ,, A big skill , she is fast like a thunder and jump 3 to 5 times even more her size non stop , I was telling my wife to put her in special training to see what we can achieve with her She is very respectful with electrical or human things i never saw her eating a cable of destroying something in the house like my schnauzer used to do , she is very attached to male figure and like to aggressively jump and leak your face all the time , very interesting we started to Love her little by little because in the beggining she was a big disappointment because we were expecting a mini schnauzer ,, The worst thing that she has is the hair thing but maybe is something that we are trying right now , she had ear infection and it was scratching non stop on the ear bleeding the ears .. we are almost done with treatment ...
7 months ago
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