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7-15 lbs
Miniature Schnauzer
Mini Schnese, Miniature Schnese
The Schnese is a hybrid mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Havanese breeds.  This combination of parent breeds brings out the best of both, resulting in a canine who is lively, fun-loving and loyal.  With the Havenese having a history of being bred for royal lap-sitting, this hybrid exhibits the same "velcro dog" trait as that parent breed, making her the happiest dog on the planet when she's in your lap.  Her talents run much deeper than lap-sitting, displaying in her doggy repertoire the skills of obedience competition, search and rescue, tracking and agility.
Companionship, Agility, Competitive Obedience, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Miniature Schnauzer, Havanese

Schnese Health

Average Size
Male Schnese size stats
Height: 9-14 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Female Schnese size stats
Height: 9-14 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Urolithiasis
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Myotonia Congenita
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Megaesophagus
  • Heart Conditions
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Liver Problems
  • Joint Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Various Eye Conditions
  • Retinal Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)

Schnese Breed History

The Schnese is a hybrid mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Havenese.  There is little information available about the place and approximate date of origination of the hybrid, but there is information about the parent breeds from which we can glean some information about what makes your hybrid who she is.  The Miniature Schnauzer is an old breed, originating in Germany, with paintings being found depicting canines resembling the Miniature Schnauzer going back to the 1400's, though not being recognized as a specific and distinct breed until the late 1800's.  The Miniature Schnauzer's ancestry is believed to include the Standard Schnauzer, Affenpinscher and Poodle, with some fanciers including the Miniature Pinscher, Wire Fox Terrier and Zwergspitz.  The Mini Schnauzer was initially developed as a slightly smaller version of the Standard Schnauzer and was particularly useful to seek out and kill rats and other vermin known to inhabit the farms in Germany.  Miniature Schnauzers came to North America and breeding is thought to have begun about 1924 with American Kennel Club recognition coming in 1926.  This breed continues to grow in popularity and today is one of the most popular breeds in the United States, especially for companionship.  The Havanese is a breed which hails from Cuba, having the Bichon as one of its ancestors.  Also known as "Bichon Havanais" (the Havana Silk Dog), is a toy canine who is described as a friend to all.  The Havanese is the only canine breed known to be from Cuba, having been created in the late 1800's to early 1900's, purely for companionship and lap-sitting purposes. The Havanese breed came to the United States from Cuba in 1970 and is being bred in the United States currently, though breeders may be hard to find.  The Havanese breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996.  The Schnese hybrid itself is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of American. and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Schnese Breed Appearance

Your Schnese hybrid is a mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Havanese and, as such, can take on the appearance characteristics of either or both parent breeds.  The Schnese has been described as standing 9 to 13 inches tall and weighing 6 to 15 pounds.  If the Schnauzer parent has dominance in the bio mix, she could have bushy eyebrows and a beard, her coat is likely to be soft, fine and straight, the most common colors being black, brown, silver, grey and white.  The puppies are said to have the black and brown coloring with it turning to grey or silver as they age.  Her eyes will be dark and small, almond-shaped or deep set, her nose black and she will have a scissors bite.  Her ears are floppy and her tail can be of varying length.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Schnese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schnese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Schnese coat
brown Schnese coat
gray Schnese coat
silver Schnese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Schnese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schnese Breed Maintenance

Your Schnese hybrid falls into a moderate category of maintenance, requiring daily brushing unless her coat is kept short.  Though she is a moderate shedder and you should expect to vacuum frequently, both breed parents are considered hypoallergenic.  She will need to have her ears checked weekly, cleaning them as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash.  While you're checking her ears, take a quick look at those toenails...trimming them as needed unless she is keeping them worn down with her normal exercise activities.  As with almost every canine breed on the planet, teeth brushing is recommended to be done at least two to three times a week, though daily is optimal.  This will prevent the development of periodontal disease and the tooth loss which accompanies it.  Her smell level is considered low, as is her drooling level.
Brushes for Schnese
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Schnese requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schnese Temperament

Your Schnese hybrid is a mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Havanese and, as such, can inherit the temperament traits of one or both parent breeds.  Breeders and owners have described her temperament as affectionate, loving, friendly and intuitive to the needs of her human family. She is also fun-loving, playful and eager to please, making training easier than a variety of other breeds.  You will likely find her lively, loyal, energetic and intelligent and more than willing to attach herself to you in everything you do.  She's not, however, a dog who will do well if left outside or is left alone for long periods of time, suffering from the separation anxiety which is common to "velcro dogs". You can expect to need to appropriately socialize her at an early age to ensure that she gets along well with children, strangers and other animals.  Since she is a small canine, it is also very important to teach your children the appropriate ways to touch and play with her.  She'll likely get along fairly well with other animals in your household, especially if she was raised with them.  You should be aware that she has a high prey drive and this could result in some chasing interest when confronted with other small animals.  She'll likely get some of the Schnauzer stubbornness in the bio mix but she should otherwise be moderately easy to train.

Schnese Activity Requirements

Your Schnese is an active little canine who will require a couple of daily walks, playtime in the dog park or fenced back yard and interactive games of fetch, Frisbee and fly ball to manage her energy levels.  Obedience and agility training and practice are also good ways to manage her energy and playfulness.  She has a high prey drive so it is important to keep her on leash when she's outside the house, fenced yard or other similar enclosure.  If you're lax in this step, you'll find yourself chasing her through briars and brambles to wherever that small animal or interesting scent leads her.  Because of her small size and the fact that she doesn't bark a great deal, she'll live quite nicely in an apartment or condo, provided that appropriate exercise opportunities are afforded her.  She can also live quite nicely in a family home with or without a fenced yard in an urban or rural setting. She can tolerate hot and cold climates, provided she is given appropriate protection in the temperature extremes.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Schnese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Schnese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schnese size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Schnese size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Male Schnese size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Schnese size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Schnese size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Schnese size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs

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