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Miniature Schnauzer

Also referred to as zwergschnauzer

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Miniature Schnauzer

All About the Miniature Schnauzer

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Average Height & Weight

The Miniature Schnauzer is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 12 to 14 inches.

Weight: 13 to 15 pounds.

Females – Height: 12 to 14 inches.

Weight: 13 to 15 pounds.

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Miniature Schnauzer


Typical Coloring

Miniature Schnauzers are commonly salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black.





Tough, alert and curious, Miniature Schnauzers are well-behaved pets. They are very playful and quite affectionate, and while they can be stubborn at times, they are usually easy to train. They are also clever, which makes them good companions.




Activity Level

Miniature Schnauzers require daily exercise, such as a walk around the neighborhood or a vigorous romp in the backyard. They thrive on the attention of their owners, which makes their exercise routine double as important bonding time.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Miniature Schnauzers include urolithiasis and progressive retinal atrophy. Follicular dermatitis, esophageal achalasia and Von Willebrand Disease are less common but still occur within the breed, while pulmonic stenosis, Legg-Perthes and cataracts are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Miniature Schnauzers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Miniature Schnauzer


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Miniature Schnauzers enjoy children, though some kids may be scared by the dogs’ tendency to bark. Miniature Schnauzers are friendly toward other dogs and other household pets.




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