They say good things come in small packages and they certainly do with this intelligent, affectionate and playful breed! They are the smallest of the three schnauzers but boast a personality twice as big as their size and form a close bond with their family making them thrive in a home environment. Due to them being so smart and intelligent they are highly trainable but do have a stubborn streak in them, so you should remain persistent and socialise them from a young age as they can become quite territorial.
Breed Group: Utility
Life Span: 12 – 15 Years
Colours: Black, Black & Silver, Pepper & Salt, White
What Height and Weight Should My Miniature Schnauzer Be?
Height: Female: 30 - 36cm Male: 30 - 36cm
Weight: 5.4 – 8.2kg Male: 5.4 – 9.1kg
Miniature Schnauzers generally require around forty to sixty minutes exercise daily. Without this exercise, they could potentially suffer from Separation Anxiety or show some destructive behaviours around the home. They like to let off steam so love time off the lead – but this would require training from a young age so that they come back. However, with this in mind, puppies should not be over-exercised as their bones and joints are still growing.
Due to their double, wiry coats miniature schnauzers are pretty high maintenance on the grooming front, but don't tend to shed much. They boast a short to medium length coat which is quite harsh to touch and long beards which you must clean after eating to prevent food forming and smelling. They should be groomed around twice per week to keep them tangle free and prevent any mats forming.
They have been known to suffer from various allergies – often with their skin which results in redness, rashes and itchiness from contact dermatitis. They are also prone to getting Pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, which is caused by having too much fat in their diet. With both of these conditions in mind, we would recommend starting your puppy on the Puppy Sensitive Salmon and Potato before swapping onto the Adult Salmon & Potato from the Sensitive range at around ten months old. This is good for both the skin and the pancreas, helping to avoid these common problems.