Miniature Schnauzer: A Complete Guide

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Are you in the market for a small dog that comes as an all-in-one package? A dog that is intelligent, affectionate, with a strong personality? You might be looking for the Miniature Schnauzer.

This breed comes with all the mentioned traits, plus a trendy mustache and beard combination that many manly men would be jealous of.

If you welcome a Mini Schnauzer into your home, you will never be alone. He will always be close to you.

Whether he’s curiously snooping around your feet to discover what you are up to, or sleeping in your lap while you are petting him, he will always be there and make you either smile or laugh.

However, this breed is well known for having a variety of temperaments, and problems with health.

So, before you buy a puppy, you need to do serious research.

A black and white Miniature Schnauzer jumping in snow

You need to make sure the breeder you buy a puppy from is, healthy, has healthy parents that also have a temperament that will match yours.

Therefore, to help you out in your search, we decided to write this in-depth Miniature Schnauzer guide, and answer all the important questions that need to be asked before buying a puppy.

Also, you will get a much better insight into this breed, as well as what to expect and how to take care of your dog, the proper way.

Let’s start with the things you need to know before you buy a puppy.

The Miniature Schnauzer Puppies – Before You Buy…

Since welcoming a puppy into your home means bringing in a new family member, you need to be very careful when choosing where you buy it from.

You will fall in love with it and it will become a full-rights family member. Meaning, you will be worried if he is feeling unwell, just like a parent.

Therefore, if you don’t want to be worried all the time, the Miniature Schnauzer puppy you buy has to be healthy.

But, before that, you need to check the price range for a pup, so that you are sure your budget can handle the actual purchase. So, let’s check how big of a hit your wallet will suffer.

What price are the Miniature Schnauzer puppies?

The price range for a Miniature Schnauzer pup can go from $500 to $1K.

However, you might find a puppy that is below that range. But, the quality of such litters is questionable and in most cases, the “breeder” lacks the needed experience.

Therefore, there’s no telling if the puppy is healthy and with a temperament that matches the breed standards.

For a high-quality Miniature Schnauzer puppy, from a reputable breeder, with all the necessary health test clearances, you can expect a price of around $700.

But, for that price, you can rest assured that what you buy is what you paid for and there are no hidden health issues.

Of course, if you are looking for a dog show or breeding quality, you can expect a much higher price. Even a few thousand, if the bloodline has superb genes.

How to find reputable Miniature Schnauzer breeders?

Finding a reputable breeder is a hard task if you haven’t got a clue about what to pay attention to.

Also, you need to know the breed well enough so that you can ask the important questions and bring back home a healthy puppy that will be a happy family member for years to come.

When searching for a breeder, when you find one that seems reputable, before you decide to go and meet him, there are a few things to do first.

For example, check how often he/she has available litters as this is an important clue that can help you determine if you are dealing with a puppy mill.

If this breeder has available puppies pretty much all the time, it is almost definitely a puppy mill and those pups are born and raised in horrible conditions.

Not only that, these pups are in most cases in weak health conditions, and they also carry a plethora of genetically heritable diseases that will show up later in the dog’s life.

Now, if you think that you have found a reputable breeder and you made the decision to go and meet him, here are the important signs that will tell you that you are dealing with an expert and not a backyard breeder.

He will first give you an insight into the breed and all the traits and needs that the dogs have.

Then, he will ask you about your lifestyle and your personal needs so that he knows if the breed is a good fit for you, and to be sure that his pup is going into a good home.

Then, when you are both sure the Miniature Schnauzer is the dog you want to have, the breeder will show you the complete medical history of both the puppies from the litter and their parents.

And, you will get an insight into all the shots, as well as the important health test clearances for the conditions that are associated with this breed.

With all that presented, you can rest assured that the puppy you buy comes from a reputable breeder and that you don’t have to worry about some hidden health issues.

And, to be completely sure that the puppy is a perfect fit for you and your family, ask the breeder to show you both of the pup’s parents so that you see what temperament to expect.

If the parents act friendly and not aggressive, and seem happy to be around people, you will most likely have a great puppy and a great addition to your family.

3 Little-known facts about the Miniature Schnauzer puppies

A Miniature Schnauzer wearing a Wonder Woman outfit
Miniature Schnauzer lives to please its owner.

When you’ve made sure that the price for a Miniature Schnauzer puppy is okay for your budget and that the breeder is a reputable one, it’s time to get more familiar with what comes with living with this pup.

Here are some little-known facts about these puppies so that you don’t get caught with your guard down once the pup is in your home and your life together starts.

  • They are stubborn

Miniature Schnauzers are adorable. Especially while they are puppies. But, you need to know that they can be rather stubborn.

You need to arm yourself with patience and consistency during the training. Otherwise, this little dog with a huge personality might believe that he runs the show.

  • They are chewers

Like children, when their teeth are coming out, they can get cranky and to soothe their itchy gums, they will chew on anything they find.

The same goes for the Miniature Schnauzer pups. While they are pups, they will chew on your slippers, pillows, furniture, and pretty much anything they can get their little jaws on.

To help them and save your stuff from getting shredded, buy them rubber chew toys. Every pet store has them and they are not expensive.

  • They like to chase everything

The Miniature Schnauzers are Terriers, and we all know how Terriers like to chase everything.

Always keep your dog on a leash because even a butterfly will trigger their chasing urge and once they do that, they will ignore your calls and might run away and get in trouble.

Physical Traits of the Miniature Schnauzer

In this section, you will see how “big” your Miniature Schnauzer will get when he grows up.

Also, you will find out the life expectancy, but don’t worry, being a miniature breed, your Mini Schnauzer will be your companion for a long time.

How big is a full-grown Miniature Schnauzer?

When it comes to height, this breed doesn’t reach some staggering sizes like the Danes or Mastiffs.

On the contrary, they are quite tiny. The average height of this breed goes from 12 to 14 inches.

As for their weight, the range you can expect is from 11 to 20 pounds.

What is the life expectancy of the Miniature Schnauzer?

As we mentioned above, the Miniature Schnauzer is in for the long run. Their life expectancy goes from 12 to 15 years, assuming they were fed and exercised properly throughout their life.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Miniature Schnauzer

A Miniature Schnauzer sitting on a carpet
Miniature Schnauzer is smart, active, and very friendly.

One thing about Miniature Schnauzers is sure, they are always in the “all eyes on me” mood.

This is a small, energetic breed that comes with the famous Terrier attitude – I am the biggest dog around and the kind of the neighborhood!

But, the unawareness of their size can be a problem. They will not hesitate to “give their piece of mind” to a dog that is 4 times their size, and not be aware of the consequences that can come from such an attitude.

Therefore, you need to keep him on a leash all the time when you are outside so that you can simply pull him up and out of danger if he gets too brave.

But, despite his size, your Miniature Schnauzer is not a toy breed and won’t “fall apart” that easily.

He is a tough little pooch and even playtimes with small kids are not a danger for him.

However, this breed is not famous for being tolerant with small kids so you might want to teach your kids how to act when playing with the dog.

When it comes to how important it is where you live, in this case, this breed is pretty easy going.

They can live without a problem in a city, in an apartment, as long as you provide enough exercise since this is a Terrier we are talking about and they need to burn their energy off.

But, they will also live nicely on a farm, but you can expect some trophies in the form of a dead rat or other rodents.

However, unlike cats, who bring their “trophies” to show their affection towards the owner, the Miniature Schnauzers are simply showing off and this is their trophy, not a gift to you.

As for taking care of his family, despite their miniature size, these dogs are very protective towards their family and will bark at even the slightest sound they find threatening.

This can be annoying and you will need to let him know that not everything that moves is a threat.

But, in case of real danger, they will stand their ground.

And, unlike some other breeds such as, for example, Retrievers, that in most cases just bark to warn you of someone, then literally lick their hands to welcome them, the Miniature Schnauzer will let the unwanted person that he means business and that he wants him out.

When it comes to intelligence, this is an extremely intelligent breed. They pick up commands and tricks unbelievably fast.

But, they can be REALLY stubborn, so you have to be extremely patient and consistent with the training.

Also, if they once get away with something and you let it “slide”, you will never be able to convince him that he shouldn’t do that.

So be careful with what you allow him to do and what not, and let him know that you are the leader of the household, not the other way around.

However, despite their stubbornness, if you manage to train your Miniature Terrier, you and your family will have a dog that will give his life to protect you and will love you with all of his heart, which is huge.

He will be suspicious of strangers and might bark at neighbors, but you will have tons of laughs and gain an affectionate companion that will follow you to the end of the world.

Miniature Schnauzer Diet

If you want to keep your Miniature Schnauzer healthy and develop properly, the diet he has needs to be a balance between nutrition and his caloric requirements.

Each meal should include protein, fiber, and carbs. And, instead of opting for free feeding, you should divide the daily required amount of food into two equal meals.

And, not to forget, your dog also needs water, so a bowl of fresh water should always be at his disposal.

If you are wondering how to know if your dog is eating enough, or too much, follow the two pieces of advice you are about to read.

There are at their ideal weight when you can see the waistline and feel their ribs.

  • If you cannot feel the ribs, you need to decrease the amount of food
  • If the ribs are visible, you need to increase the amount of food

Also, if you buy the puppy from a reputable breeder, he will give you the ideal meal schedule and a list of foods your dog should eat, and we recommend sticking to it.

How much Exercise does a Miniature Schnauzer need?

Terriers are lively little doggies, and they need regular exercise.

You will find many owners claiming that their Miniature Terriers need just the garden to run around and they are happy.

This is not entirely true. A terrier would be much happier with a 10-minute hike than an entire day in the backyard.

Therefore, we recommend at least one or two half-hour walks during the day, combined with running sessions in the dog park.

The Miniature Schnauzer Health and Conditions

The Miniature Schnauzer is a relatively healthy breed. If taken care of properly, they can have a long and healthy life.

But, there are certain health conditions that are associated with this breed.

You will need to take him to regular vet checkups and keep an eye on conditions such as eye diseases, urinary stones digestive diseases, diabetes, heart issues, epilepsy, and skin conditions.

My final thoughts on the Miniature SchnauzerA Miniature Schnauzer sitting in a dog bed

So, you have reached the end of our Miniature Schnauzer guide.

Have you made a decision? Is this the breed you want to welcome into your home?

Still not sure? Here are the most important facts in a summary, so that you make sure you have covered all the possible aspects and know everything there is to know about these little doggies.

The Miniature Schnauzers come with a lively spirit and they are smart, active, and very friendly towards their owners.

However, they can be extremely suspicious of strangers and can alert the entire neighborhood if they hear something they think is a threat.

They have plenty of energy, but they are not highly demanding when it comes to exercise.

They need it, but you don’t have to spend hours outside to wait for them to burn their excess energy away.

Furthermore, the Miniature Schnauzers live to please their owners and even though they can be stubborn, most of the time, they are obedient. But, early training and socialization is a must.

In the end, it is you who decides if this breed is your perfect fit. Now that you’ve read the entire guide, do you think you have what it takes to own one?

If the answer is yes, then our mission was successful and we are glad that we helped you make the right decision.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to share this guide on social media so that your friends can get to know this adorable little dog better, and perhaps decide to own one.

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