7-14 lbs
Miniature Schnauzer
Shih Tzu

The Schnau-Tzu is a Miniature Schnauzer and Shih Tzu mix.  The hybrid is a small dog with shaggy fur and floppy ears.  The Schnau-Tzu is usually very smart; he will be friendly towards people as well as other dogs. The Schnau-Tzu will do well with children and will love to spend time exercising and playing with his humans and other dogs. Usually fairly active, he will require regular activity for his physical and emotional health. This hybrid will require moderate maintenance and should be brushed regularly. The Schnau-Tzu will shed a lot; investing in a quality vacuum will be helpful.

Date of Origin
Miniature Schnauzer and Shih Tzu

Schnau-Tzu Health

Average Size
Male Schnau-Tzu size stats
Height: 5-7 inches Weight: 7-14 lbs
Female Schnau-Tzu size stats
Height: 5-7 inches Weight: 7-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Pancreatitis
  • Eye disorders and disease
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Cataracts
  • Urolithiasis
  • Bladder Stones
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Cleft Lift or Palate
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Skeletal
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

Schnau-Tzu Breed History

The Schnau-Tzu is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make up this clever canine have long histories that we can look at. The Shih Tzu has been around for many years; though it has not been confirmed, experts think that the breed is a cross between the Lhasa Apso of Tibet and a small, Chinese dog, possibly the Pekingese. The Shih Tzu was popular among Chinese royalty as far back as the Tang dynasty from 618 to 907. Popularity of the dogs increased among the common folk during the Ming dynasty as well. Unfortunately, the breed nearly reached extinction during the Chinese revolution, where seven males and seven females were saved. The modern breed are all descendants of these fourteen dogs. The Shih Tzu made its way to other countries in the early 1900’s though were often called Apsos. Many World War II veterans brought these dogs with them from England upon their return and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969. It is thought that the Schnauzer dates back to the Middle Ages in Germany; the breed was often shown in wooden artwork carved by Albrecht Durer. The Schnauzer was initially bred to help on the farm and hunt, though the dogs also protected farmers on their way to market. The name of the Schnauzer is a literal German translation of “moustache” and it is believed that the breed is a mix of German Poodles, Wolf Spitz and Wire-haired Pinschers. The Miniature Schnauzer was developed in Germany in the 1800’s as a farm dog and became popular as a companion. The Miniature Schnauzer was brought to the United States in 1924 and accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1926.

Schnau-Tzu Breed Appearance

The Schnau-Tzu will inherit traits from both of his parent breeds; as with all mixed breeds, you can anticipate that he may inherit more physical characteristics from one or the other parent breeds, or a relatively equal combination of traits from each breed. The Schnau-Tzu will be a small dog (typically weighing less than 15 pounds) with a curled tail. This spunky hybrid can be seen in black, black and white, brown, tan and silver. His hair will usually be straight, soft and fine and medium to long in length. You can anticipate that a Schnau-Tzu will have short legs and floppy ears. Typically a very cute dog, the Schnau-Tzu will look like a teddy bear or stuffed animal.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Schnau-Tzu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schnau-Tzu nose
brown Schnau-Tzu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Schnau-Tzu coat
brown Schnau-Tzu coat
white Schnau-Tzu coat
fawn Schnau-Tzu coat
silver Schnau-Tzu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Schnau-Tzu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schnau-Tzu Breed Maintenance

The Schnau-Tzu is a light to moderate shedder, meaning you can focus your maintenance efforts on your dog more so than keeping his hair off of your sofa. It is recommended that your dog be brushed several times a week and/or taken to the groomer regularly to maintain his coat. As his hair will be medium to long, his fur can easily become tangled or he can develop mats. To maintain your dog’s long-term dental health, his teeth should be brushed two to three times per week. As with any dog, you will want to keep your eye on his nails and clip them when they become too long. 

Brushes for Schnau-Tzu
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Schnau-Tzu requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schnau-Tzu Temperament

The Schnau-Tzu will inherit his behavioral traits from his parent breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer and the Shih-Tzu. The Schnau-Tzu will usually be very bright and because of this and the desire to please their humans, the Schnau-Tzu will often be easy to train. Because the Schnau-Tzu is friendly toward other people and other dogs and does well with young children, the hybrid will make a great family pet. Most Schnau-Tzus will be very playful and will enjoy spending time with his humans engaging in physical activity. It is likely that the hybrid will be loving toward his humans and he will welcome the opportunity to be held. A very social breed, the Schnau-Tzu will love getting attention though on occasion, the Schnau-Tzu can be moody.

Schnau-Tzu Activity Requirements

The activity requirements of the Schnau-Tzu will vary by the particular dog and the traits that he inherits from his parents. This hybrid is usually pretty active and will require regular exercise to ensure his physical and mental health. Daily exercise can include several walks per day, indoor play time and trips to the dog park. Since the Schna-Tzu is such a small dog, it is recommended that he be well supervised during playtimes with other dogs to ensure his safety. As the Schnau-Tzu is a small dog, he will be fine living in an apartment as long as you ensure he gets the exercise he requires. If you have a home with a yard, be sure to supervise him when outside as he may take joy in trying to dig his way under the fence.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Schnau-Tzu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Schnau-Tzu Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schnau-Tzu size stats at six months
Height: 3 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Schnau-Tzu size stats at six months
Height: 3 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Schnau-Tzu size stats at 12 months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Schnau-Tzu size stats at 12 months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 9 lbs
18 Months
Male Schnau-Tzu size stats at 18 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Schnau-Tzu size stats at 18 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 10 lbs

Schnau-Tzu Owner Experiences

1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Dog Parks
We love our schnau tzu. He is amazing. Very loving and very playful. The best thing about him is that he plays by himself.
3 months, 1 week ago
3 Months
3 People
House & Yard
She’s very playful and loveable
5 months ago
11 Months
2 People
He has been a joy to have! Very friendly, but still protective of his home. He loves toys that he can chase, but this little guy loves to hide things and chew, chew, chew!!!
5 months, 2 weeks ago
8 Years
2 People
Playing with toys
Herding cats
Festus is the dearest sweetest pup we've ever had. We rescued him when he was 6 mos old. He runs like the wind. Will only stop if he sees something interesting. He loves to "drive" the truck and ride in the truck. He's very loving, patient, and sweet. He loves to sort objects especially seashells. He is precious to us and his cats adore him.
7 months ago
4 Months
2 People
hide and seek
Simba is an extremely cute and well-pampered little puppy. He can be mischievous at times but is smart enough to know if he has done something wrong. He is very active and loves to run around the house. He is also a loving put that loves to follow you around. After some training and guidance, he has completed is toilet training in less than a month. He is also independent and knows how to get himself entertained without maximum supervision. We have no problem leaving him alone at home for a short period of time as he enjoys playing with his toys and can be very self-absorbed when playing with them. He is now part of the family and we love him with all our heart.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
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