Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer

30-50 lbs
United States
Miniature Schnauzer
Irish Wolfhound

A rare hybrid breed, this canine is the result of crossing a Miniature Schnauzer with an Irish Wolfhound. The size of the puppies can vary considerably due to the different sizing of the parent dogs. Most are average in size, but there are variables where they can grow almost to the giant status of the Wolfhound, so be aware that the small cute puppy you are looking at may turn out to be bigger than you thought.

The Minature Irish Wolf Schnauzer has a friendly nature if socialized well when young, otherwise they can be wary. Brave but not aggressive, this breed is an ideal family dog who is affectionate, active and a real character. Loyal and devoted, they want to be part of your life and will follow you around to see what you are doing.  They do have a strong hunting instinct to chase anything that moves, regardless of your commands to stop. Best suited to a home with a very secure fenced yard, these dogs are a worthy companion and trusted friend.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Miniature Schnauzer, Irish Wolfhound

Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer Health

Average Size
Male Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 32-54 lbs
Female Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats
Height: 19-24 inches Weight: 30-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy
  • Liver Shunts
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
  • Myotonia Congenita
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Urinary Stones
Occasional Tests
  • Complete Blood Profile
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Serum Chemistry Panel Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Muscle Biopsy

Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer Breed History

The great hound of Ireland has a long history dating back to 301 AD where the Romans soon learned to view him with wonder. The Irish Wolfhound has been a war dog, trained to pull men from horses or chariots. They were also used to hunt elk, boar and wolves. Irish law stated that only kings and nobles could own these dogs, and the number owned by an individual was a sign of his wealth.

These noble dogs have had an almost magical history, surrounded by tales and folk lore. When the elk and wolf in Ireland were hunted to extinction, it seemed that the Wolfhound might be next, but Major H.D Richardson became interested in them in the mid-1800s. He began to breed them with the Highland Deerhound who were very similar in breed. Other breeders initiated their own breeding programs, and soon a Captain George Augustus Graham revitalized the breed.

The first Irish Wolfhounds recognized by the American Kennel Club occurred in 1897. Today, the breed continues its quiet dignified progress and is winning hearts for its gentle companionship. The way the Miniature Schnauzer acts you would think that he too came from noble descent. But this feisty small dog was bred to hunt the rats that infested homes and stables around the mid-19th century.

They were developed from the Standard Schnauzer and kept the character and integrity of the breed. While historical data is limited, the first recorded birth of the breed was in October 1888, when a black female named Findel was born.

The World Wars were hard on dogs and some breeds were almost lost. But dedicated breeders prevailed, and the Miniature Schnauzer's popularity skyrocketed in the after years. While the coat color has changed from red, black and tan and yellow to a distinguished silver and black, the small dog with the big attitude has remained a popular breed.

Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer Breed Appearance

As with most hybrid breeds, the appearance of the Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer can vary due to having two distinctive different breeds as parents. While some are taller and have the long lean legs of the Irish Wolfhound, others may be shorter with sturdy legs.

Even the faces can vary from a blocky muzzle to a refined pointed muzzle. The neat thing with a hybrid is the various forms they come in, although it can be hard to predict how large they will grow.

The hair on their face will be longer in places, such as the eyebrows and around the mouth, even going as far as a full mustache. The tail is often mid length and held slightly lower than the body. Erect or semi-erect ears that are set wide apart, and dark expressive eyes complete a dog that is destined for human companionship.

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

Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer needs to be brushed two to three times per week. Again it depends on the inherited coat. Wolfhounds tend to shed consistently throughout the year, while the Mini Schnauzer hardly sheds at all.

What you get in the new hybrid could be a combination of one or both parent dogs. Your dog may need professional clipping to maintain the ease of care. Some stripping of the coat may also be required.

Other maintenance areas include the care of the ears (a gentle wipe out with a damp cloth will help), their teeth need brushing, and their nails clipping. If your dog has the long eyebrows, around the eye area may need a slight clip to enable him to see properly or to prevent hair damaging the eye. The Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer will love this grooming process with all the attention and care your lavish on him.

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Brushes for Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
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Brushing Frequency
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Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer requires weekly brushing
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Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer Temperament

While dogs can vary in temperament, it often comes down to the breeding and socialising of a puppy during its early phases. The Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer combines the noble and gentleness of the Irish Wolfhound purebred with the affectionate, self-absorbed extrovert of the Mini Schnauzer.

They are outgoing and love company, particularly yours. Not a dog to sit back and watch, they will be by your side, in your lap or plastered over your feet wherever you are. They vary in their ability as a watchdog, some take after the Mini Schnauzer and will bridle with indignity at the appearance of a stranger, letting you and them know their presence has been noted and is not tolerated!

Some other dogs may not even bark, but just keep a wary eye on the intruder. These canines are ideal family dogs as long as they are socialized early and overcome their innate wariness of other people and pets. Brought up with the family, they will regard all members as their own support system and will play upon the bonds to sleep on the bed or snooze on the couch - with you or the children. They enjoy close contact so if you are not into that then this dog is not for you.

Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer Activity Requirements

The Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer enjoys a daily outing to see what is happening in the neighbourhood. It is advisable to keep them on a leash as they do tend to chase small moving animals due to their hunting instincts. Taking your dog to a secure dog park will allow time to socialize with other animals and owners which will produce a more mellow attitude and acceptance that they are not the only dog on the block. They love to play and get on well with children who will love their comical ways. Intelligent and gentle, they can sometimes exhibit a streak of stubbornness and pretend that they can't hear you or don't understand what you want if they don't feel like obeying. Firm but kind handling will negate this attitude helped with a lot of positive praise and the odd treat or two.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $42.00
food bag monthly cost

Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 43.0 lbs
Female Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.5 inches Weight: 40.0 lbs

Miniature Irish Wolf Schnauzer Owner Experiences

Blackjack Pershing Davis
16 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Chasing and playing with toys
Rescue from the floods in Houston, Texas, owner surrender. Was transferred to Tulsa, Ok. Due to the amount of dogs picked up and was on the kill list. An unknown donor chartered an airplane to fly 170 dogs and cats to Manassas, Va. where my niece the director of the Newport News, Va SPCA drove to Manassas and saved 15 dogs, one being my dog. My sister fostered him until I could drive from WV. To adopt him. He is at his furever home now in Philippi, WV. Taken to our trusted Vet for a complete medical exam and all shots given which was only one. He is great with grandkids and all he comes in contact with, including the mailman, sleeps with me and follows me wherever I go. He loved his first ever seen snow, but not sure yet of the big brown dogs with big whitetails(deer) and the giant chickens (turkeys) that are comfortable grazing and pecking in my backyard. Labeled as a standard Schnauzer, but first look at him I knew he has some wolfhound in him, my Vet agreed, and you have comfirmed this on your site.
5 years, 3 months ago
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