The Miniature Border Schnollie: A Complete Guide

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The Miniature Border Schnollie loves to participate in everything you do. He’ll follow you around the house or alert you to someone at the door.

He’s a very curious and intelligent dog. The Miniature Border Schnollie is a hybrid mix of the Border Collie and the Miniature Schnauzer.

The parent breeds are known to be friendly, energetic, alert, and intelligent, making them wonderful family dogs.

The Miniature Border Schnollie laying down
The Miniature Border Schnollie is a very active breed.

Both parent breeds are multi-talented, willingly participating in a variety of activities which include agility, obedience competition, narcotics detection, scent detection, search and rescue, herding, hunting, earth dog activities, and tracking.

Add to these activities their playful clowning and protectiveness and you have a delightful mix of furry entertainment.

Miniature Border Schnollie Puppies – Before You Buy…

What Price are Miniature Border Schnollie Puppies?

The price of Miniature Border Schnollie puppies is approximately $600 to $2,700.

How to Find Reputable Miniature Border Schnollie Breeders?

Being a responsible dog breeder is more than just putting two cute dogs together and hoping for the best.

Breeding any dog, whether a pure breed or a mixed breed, is a serious business.

The physical and mental health of all dogs and puppies involved should be the breeder’s number one priority.

Unfortunately, breeding dogs has become a big business and backyard breeders and puppy mills are everywhere.

But you can tell if a breeder is a good and responsible one. A responsible breeder will ask you why you want to have a Miniature Border Schnollie.

They will be able to provide you breed-specific information and answer any questions you may have.

They will want to know your living dynamics, like how active you are, if you have young children, how long the dog will be left alone while you work, and where you plan on bringing him for his daily exercise.

If you feel like you’re being interrogated, you know you have hit the breeder jackpot!

After the initial phone screening, you should be invited to come to meet the litter, as well as the parent dogs.

This is the best way for you to foresee the next few years of your life with this dog based on his genetic characteristics, like size, health, personality, temperament, grooming needs, behavior tendencies, and so on.

The dogs and puppies should be inside the house and preferably in the busiest part of it where they can socialize with the family.

You receive follow-up calls from the breeder within weeks or months to check on your dog’s health and temperament.

Reputable dog breeders keep track of every puppy in the bloodline so that if genetic health or behavioral issue arises, they stop breeding the same male and female.

If you discover a severe health issue, the breeder will take the puppy back or refund your money. Health is their priority.

A reputable breeder will also insist that you spay or neuter your dog so that the bloodline stays controlled, and that no unwanted dogs are born.

They will also give specific feeding, grooming, housebreaking, general care, and socialization instructions for your new puppy.

3 Little-Known Facts About Miniature Border Schnollie Puppies

  1. The Border Collie parent dog can work long and hard in the rugged terrain in which they were bred.
  2. The Miniature Schnauzer parent dog is thought to have the Miniature Pinscher, Zwerzgspitz, Wire Fox Terrier, Poodle, and the Affenpinscher.
  3. Today, he not only makes a terrific family companion but a great watchdog as well.

Physical Traits of the Miniature Border Schnollie

A close up of a Miniature Border Schnollie's face
The Miniature Border Schnollie is a mix of the Border Collie and the Miniature Schnauzer.

The Miniature Border Schmollie can take on any or all of the appearance traits of one or both of the parent breeds.

His body can be squarely built, small, and sturdy. He can also be medium-sized and athletically built, with a rectangular or a slightly tapered muzzle.

His nose will be a solid black color that matches the color of the coat. His ears are set high on the head, carried erect, or partially or fully dropped.

The Miniature Border Schnollie’s tail is either low set or high set and of varying lengths. The coat could be wiry, rough, or smooth, with a thick undercoat. It could come in black, solid white, salt and pepper, or silver.

It could also be bicolor, tricolor, or merle, consisting of black, brown, red, tan, fawn, or white. Your hybrid will also likely inherit the scissors bite from both parent breeds.

The Miniature Border Schnollie’s grooming needs are considered moderate maintenance.

He may or may not be hypoallergenic. Brush him at least once a week to remove any loose hair and other debris.

Bathing should only be done as needed unless your Miniature Border Schnollie loves to play in the mud and muck.

This will help preserve the natural oils of his coat. The ears of your Miniature Border Schnollie should also be checked at least once a week and cleaned to keep them clean and infection-free.

Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and brushings at least three times a week will help reduce the risk of periodontal disease.

The Miniature Border Schnollie does not have the doggy smell and does not drool much.

How Big is a Full-Grown Miniature Border Schnollie?

The Miniature Border Schnollie can grow up to 12 to 23 inches in height and weigh 13 to 45 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Miniature Border Schnollie?

The life expectancy of the Miniature Border Schnollie is 10 to 17 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Miniature Border Schnollie

A black and white Miniature Border Schnollie
The Miniature Border Schnollie is a wonderful family dog.

The Miniature Border Schnollie is known to be intelligent, alert, responsive, protective, friendly, and energetic.

He’s loyal to and protective of his humans. He’s also good with kids, as well as other household pets.

He gets his high levels of intelligence and energy from both sides of the biological equation, giving him a great eagerness to please.

This makes him easy to train, provided that you firmly establish exactly who’s in charge.

Keep it positive in disciplinary and encouragement areas and you’ll achieve much better results. The Border Collie parent contributes the forever puppyhood to the bio mix.

This means that your Miniature Border Schnollie may not fully mature physically and emotionally until he has reached the ripe old age of 3 or 4 years.

His playful nature will not detract from his intelligence. He will likely be great with strangers, too.

The Miniature Border Schnollie’s Diet

Dry puppy food is a good choice, but make sure you choose a small breed variety.

You can feed canned dog food occasionally, but don’t make it his main diet. Soft food can lead to tartar buildup.

Switch to high-quality adult food when your puppy is a year old.

This energetic breed burns calories quickly, especially during puppyhood, so plan to feed your Miniature Border Schnollie more than once a day.

An average adult Miniature Border Schnollie should eat about a ½ cup of high-quality dry food twice a day.

You can mix leftover vegetables and meats with your Miniature Border Schnollie’s regular kibble, but don’t feed him anything that’s been salted or seasoned. Also, skip the sweets.

How Much Exercise Does a Miniature Border Schnollie Need?

Long daily walks several times a day coupled with time to romp and play outdoors are things that can help keep your Miniature Border Schnollie occupied both mentally and physically.

Both parent breeds love being around people, especially their human family.

Your Miniature Border Schnollie will not like being left alone for long periods. He can tolerate hot and cold temperatures.

He can live in both urban and rural settings, though homes with open spaces will satisfy the Border Collie in him.

He can live in a home with or without a fenced yard, as long as he is regularly provided with exercise opportunities.

Miniature Border Schnollie Health and Conditions

Major health concerns for the Miniature Border Schnollie include collie eye anomaly, sick sinus syndrome, portosystemic shunt, and deafness.

He can also be prone to cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome, Von Willebrand’s Disease, mono/bilateral cryptorchidism, and hip dysplasia.

There can be occasional diagnoses for epilepsy, familial nephropathy, retinal dysplasia, Selective IG A deficiency, and lysosomal storage diseases.

Your veterinarian may require your Miniature Border Schnollie to have ultrasounds, hip x-rays, complete blood count, complete physical examination, ophthalmic and ear exams, internal imaging, Brain Auditory Evoked Response, blood and urine tests, as well as cardiac, hip, blood, and eye exams when needed.

My Final Thoughts on the Miniature Border SchnollieA white Miniature Border Schnollie looking up at you

The Border Collie parent dog forms tight bonds with their family and wants to be with them every second they can.

He can focus like nobody’s business. He will have no qualms whatsoever to get what he wants.

The Miniature Schnauzer parent dog is not a lap dog.

He’s very active to be one and prefers to boisterously run around at high speed.

His nature is to be sweet and loving, but not timid. He’s an excellent watchdog because he’s alert.

Your Miniature Border Schnollie will be a wonderful mix of these two high energy dogs, so be prepared to have a very lovable and active furry companion!

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