Miniature Schnauzzie

10-25 lbs
12-15"
North America
Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Australian Shepherd
The Miniature Schnauzzie is well known for its lively, fun, energetic nature and how well it fits into family life. Children love this small dog that has a big heart and who seems to remain a perpetual puppy. Loyal and affectionate, they are eager to please and love to be the centre of attention. They can become anxious if left alone for too long;  they need to have exercise and mental stimulation to bring out the best in them. Although they are small, they have a big attitude, and can be fearless even when facing larger dogs. It is as though they don't realise how small they really are. They will love a home with a yard to play and explore, but they don't want to live there - they want to be with you- inside and curled up on your lap. Intelligent and a quick learner, these small dogs are true family companions
Purpose
Companion, Agility, Watch Dog
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Miniature Schnauzer, Miniature Australian Shepherd

Miniature Schnauzzie Health

Average Size
Male Miniature Schnauzzie size stats
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 11-26 lbs
Female Miniature Schnauzzie size stats
Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Urinary Stones
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Hearing
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness in Merle-Colored Dogs
Occasional Tests
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Ophthalmic Examination
  • Blood Tests and Blood Count
  • Hearing and Ear Tests
  • Urinalysis and Urine Culture
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Miniature Schnauzzie Breed History

The Miniature Schnauzzie is a rare hybrid breed that has limited data about its history and performance. Therefore, it is important to look at the parent breeds to determine the character traits of the new breed. Strangely enough the Miniature Australian Shepherd has no breeding links to Australia. The origin of the breed was the Basque region in Spain. It was there that the working shepherd dog coined the name as many of the shepherds in the region had come from Australia. In the late 1960s, North American breeders decided to refine the standard breed into a miniature version by breeding only the smaller Australian Shepherds. This refinement developed a dog that was smaller, more compact than the original, yet still maintained its keen instincts and reliable nature. By the 1990s it had attained huge popularity which continues to this day. The Miniature Schnauzer is a spunky little dog whose original purpose was as a vermin hunter and guard dog on the farm. Believed to have developed in the mid-19th Century in Germany by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds such as the Affenpinscher, Pomeranian and perhaps the Poodle, the earliest breed records note the birth of a Miniature Schnauzer which was a black female called Findel, who was born in October, 1888. The first Mini Schnauzer club was formed in Cologne, Germany. While the years of World War 1 were tough on many dog breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer managed to hang on and then boomed in the years afterwards. While the color of the coat has changed from red, black and tan, and yellow to the distinguished shades of silver and black that we see today, one thing hasn't changed and that is their popularity which remains as strong as ever.

Miniature Schnauzzie Breed Appearance

Appearance can vary even in puppies from the same litter. They may inherit the moustache and eyebrows of the Miniature Schnauzer or they may inherit the silky feathering around the neck and chest area, such as the Miniature Australian Shepherd. Regardless of coat differences, the body is well proportioned, the legs agile and strong, and the head is slightly flat across the top of the skull, with wideset pricked up ears. The muzzle can vary from blocky to pointed, with teeth meeting in a neat bite. Bright round eyes don't miss anything and their alert posture means they are primed and ready to go. The tail is often long and fluffy in nature. While colors and texture of the coat can vary in appearance, one thing remains constant and that is their appealing nature and lively feisty spirit.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Miniature Schnauzzie eyes
Brown
amber Miniature Schnauzzie eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Miniature Schnauzzie nose
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Miniature Schnauzzie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Miniature Schnauzzie Breed Maintenance

The Miniature Schnauzzie is relatively easy to maintain but of course that can vary depending on the coat it inherits. Often a daily brushing and occasional bath using a mild dog shampoo will be all that is required. But if it inherits the Mini Schnauzer's coat, then clipping may need to be an additional task. Check the ears for dirt and any foreign objects. These dogs are nosy creatures and are likely to get into all sorts of places to satisfy their curiosity, this can lead to seeds and dirt building up in the ear. Wipe the inside of the ear gently with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly. Treat the teeth with a good brushing and check for any decay or cracks. Then all that is needed is a toe nail clip and a cuddle to reward them for their patience.
Brushes for Miniature Schnauzzie
Pin Brush
Comb
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Miniature Schnauzzie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Miniature Schnauzzie Temperament

Funny, comical, affectionate and just a tiny bit of stubborness describes the easy going temperatment of the Miniature Schnauzzie. They do have that Terrier bloodline, so they can be a bit pushy or demanding at times if they can get away with it. These dogs are ideal for active families - they love interacting with children and are sturdy little dogs that demand your attention. They can fit right into apartment living as long as they get plenty of mental stimulation and a daily walk or two if possible. These dogs are social animals, they don't like being alone and demand to be part of the family. Without company and left to their own devices they can become destructive and develop bad habits. The Miniature Schnauzzie is an intelligent dog, quick to learn as long as training is fun and the praise is combined with treats. Eager to please, they almost anticipate what you are going to say. Quick and agile, they learn quickly and will love the mental stimulation of solving problems, finding hidden items, or tackling an agility course. These dogs are best with an active family and a strong leader who they respect. Gorgeous in appearance, lovely in nature, and a true original personality, they will keep you guessing and laughing, making life with the Miniature Schnauzzie a true adventure.

Miniature Schnauzzie Activity Requirements

The Miniature Schnauzzie is an active small dog who lives for the moment, and loves to explore. They will remind you if you have forgotten to take them for a walk, and would prefer a couple of walks daily rather than one. Keep them on a leash when out and about as they can tend to chase after small moving objects, and their hearing seems to suffer as a result. Your demands will remain unanswered as they disappear in the distance overcome by their instincts. They will play endless games with children, with the children tiring long before the dog. Like an energising battery, they just keep on keeping on. But they do like to cuddle, so if a game is not on the cards, then they will plonk into your lap and demand your adoration.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
70 minutes

Miniature Schnauzzie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$26.00 - $35.00

Miniature Schnauzzie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Miniature Schnauzzie size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Miniature Schnauzzie size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Male Miniature Schnauzzie size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Miniature Schnauzzie size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs
18 Months
Male Miniature Schnauzzie size stats at 18 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Miniature Schnauzzie size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 17 lbs

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