Miniature Schnauzer: origins, characteristics and personality

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Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a great companion that will follow you all around the house, even to the bathroom. He is energetic, playful, and he will never let you have one moment of boredom.


The Miniature Schnauzer originate in Germany in the late 19th century. They were originally bred to be medium-sized farm dogs in Germany. Breeders eventually made him smaller in order for him to become a ratter.

The first registered Miniature Schnauzer, a black femal named Fidel, appeared in 1888.  The AKC accepted the registration of the first breed in 1926.

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Miniature Schnauzer: origins, characteristics and personality

Physical Characteristics

The build of Miniature Schnauzers is pretty square. They have a double coat that is wiry on the outside and soft on the inside. The colors recognized for this dog breed are black, black and silver, salt and pepper, and pure white.

When trimming, the hair on the ears, face, legs, and belly are retained. Females usually measure 11 to 14 inches (28 to 36 cm) tall and weighing 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg).  Males stand at 11 to 18 pounds (5.0 to 8.2 kg).


With a Miniature Schnauzer at home, you will always laugh. This extrovert wants to be a protagonist in the family’s action. He will out of nowhere jump over you and put his paws around your neck.

He is friendly, intelligent, and willing to please. An amusing dog, he will always find a way to entertain himself.

Caring for a Miniature Schnauzer

A Miniature Schnauzer is always active while inside the house. He loves running on a big yard, but if you do not have one, he will be fine with a 45-minute walk every day. The trimming of these dogs requires for it to fit within the standards and they need it periodically-evey six weeks at least.


As with any other breed, use positive reinforcement and never harsh methods to train this dog. He is willing to please but sometimes has a mind of his own. Always keep him on the know that you are the leader of the pack.

Fun Facts

  • The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds.
  • Their double coat requires hand stripping.
  • Some believe that the breed is the result of the crossing between the Standard  Schnauzer, the Affenspinchers, and the Standard Poodle.

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