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Meet the breed: Miniature Schnauzer

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle is the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a four-legged friend that’s low on dander and easy on your allergies, find out everything you need to know about the fun-loving Miniature Schnauzer.


  • Pleasant temperament
  • Vocal
  • Good with kids
  • Environmentally versitile
  • Hypoallergenic



This breed’s gentleman-like appearance was created to serve a greater purpose. Bred to hunt vermin underground, the Miniature Schnauzer’s signature trademark mustache was intended to protect this breed from getting scratched in the face by its prey. A cross between a standard Schnauzer, Affenpinscher and a Poodle make this compact pup a cheerful family companion. Don’t be fooled by its miniature size, this breed is naturally alert and designed to guard flocks and protect property with its vocal tendencies.

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Breed standards

  • AKC group: Terrier
  • UKC group: Terrier
  • Average lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Average size: 13-15 lbs
  • Coat appearance: Hard, wiry, glossy
  • Coloration: Black, gray, silver
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Other identifiers: Square body frame; small and compact build; outer coat longer on the legs, muzzle and eyebrows.

Is this breed right for you?

Miniature Schnauzers are highly versatile and known to fit in well in most environments. Whether they are part of a big family with lots of kids or in an apartment with one or two owners, this breed simply loves companionship of any sort. Apartment dwellers should be aware that this is a very vocal breed, and unless training starts early on, you may have barking issues to work through. This highly intelligent breed does very well with training, from basic commands to more advanced teachings. Owners must dedicate ample time and money toward grooming this breed’s unique and high-maintenance coat.

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A dream day-in-the-life

This happy-go-lucky breed is content doing just about anything that involves being with you. The perfect size for a tag-a-long companion, you can bring this friendly pooch just about anywhere. Whether it’s at the park playing with other dogs, at a training class learning new tricks or simply snuggling on a cozy lap, the Miniature Schnauzer is easy to please. To keep it extra happy, each day should involve a light coat brushing to prevent uncomfortable mats in its double-coated fur.

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