Miniature French Schnauzer

15-22 lbs
11-14"
Unknown
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
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
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
  • Urolithiasis
  • Diabetes
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Colitis
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Cleft Lip or Palate
  • Anemia
  • Glaucoma
  • Pancreatitis
  • Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
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
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Miniature French Schnauzer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Miniature French Schnauzer coat
Black
gray Miniature French Schnauzer coat
Gray
brindle Miniature French Schnauzer coat
Brindle
fawn Miniature French Schnauzer coat
Fawn
white Miniature French Schnauzer coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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 Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Miniature French Schnauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.8 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Miniature French Schnauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 14 lbs
12 Months
Male Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 18 lbs
18 Months
Male Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Miniature French Schnauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 18 lbs

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