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Miniature Schnauzer

Breed Characteristics

Energetic, sturdy. Some are high-strung. Not as dominant as bigger Schnauzers. Some are barkers, they are not yappy, but makes sounds like a low-pitched howl. The Miniature Schnauzer makes a good watchdog.

Is the Miniature Schnauzer approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



Southern Germany, 1800s. The Miniature Schnauzer is not only “bred down” from the Standard Schnauzer but also has some Affenpinscher or possibly Miniature Pinscher or Poodle in him. The Schnauzer name is derived from the German word ‘Schnauze’, meaning ‘muzzle’.

Original Purpose

Ratting (some still retain the ability); watchdog.

Behaviour and Temperament

The Miniature Schnauzer is friendly, intelligent, fearless, devoted, strong-willed, and tenacious.

What are some Physical Features of the Miniature Schnauzer?

Miniature Schnauzers stand 30.5 to 35.5 cm tall and weigh between 6 and 8 kg. Colours include solid black, white, pepper and salt, or black-and-silver.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Harsh, wiry outer coat, with soft undercoat. High maintenance; the double coat requires brushing three times a week. Professional grooming is recommended to achieve the bushy beard, moustache and eyebrows. The Miniature Schnauzer is a light shedder.

Life Expectancy of the Miniature Schnauzer

The lifespan of the miniature is between 13 and 15 years, most Miniature Schnauzers do not show their age until late in life.

Miniature Schnauzer Puppies in the Community

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Health Concerns

Hereditary eye problems (juvenile cataracts, PRA, rheumy eyes), pancreatitis, pulmonary stenosis, arrhythmia, von Willebrand’s, skin problems (allergies), diabetes and also prone to cysts. Miniature Schnauzers gain weight easily; watch feeding regime closely.

Exercise Needs

Moderate to high; need daily brisk walks or jogs.


Adaptable to any living situation; generally well mannered indoors when sufficiently exercised, however, some can be too vocal for neighbours.


Bonds to the whole family. Very good with people, less dominant than the bigger Schnauzers. Gets along well with children but better with older kids; best when socialised early. Good with other dogs; okay with cats; not good with other small pets (remember, he is bred for ratting).


Very high; training the Miniature Schnauzer can be satisfying, though some may attempt to challenge their owners for dominance.

Recommended Activities

Earthdog trials, obedience.