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Miniature Schnauzer


Miniature Schanuzer profile

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Lifespan:   12-14 Years

Avg height:   30-35cm

Avg weight:   5-5.7kg

Coat type: Wire coat (outer), dense soft undercoat, mpm-shedding (needs grooming and clipping)

Coat colours: Salt and pepper, black and silver, black

Originally bred for: Ratting

Breed traits: Bold, lively, intelligent, stubborn, companionable


A little about Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer has earnt its place as one of the most popular small breeds as a highly companionable breed renowned for its well-mannered behaviour and stubbornness. They enjoy being in the middle of everything that is happening and being with their owner. 




The Schnauzer's most common health concerns are dental disease, obesity, anal sac blockage, vomiting and ear infections. Other concerns: hyperlipidaemia, pancreatitis, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, portosystemic shunting, urolithiasis, Schnauzer comedome syndrome, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, retinal dysplasia and occasional allergies.


A day in the life of "Cleo"


I trot through the living room and leap onto the couch. This, this right here, is my spot. I snort and nod my head, turning around three times before folding my paws beneath to my lay down. I close my eyes and doze in the lazy afternoon sun, my nose vibrating as I snore. 

‘Cleo, off the couch.’ I keep my eyes shut. My spot.

‘Off, now!’ I grumble, still not opening my eyes. Why should I move? I feel my owners’ hands slide beneath me, and then I’m flying! Lifted into the air, I open my eyes wide as my owner places me on the floor and sits in my spot. Is this for real?

I stand and just look at my owner, the audacity! I jump back on the couch and paw at my owner. You’re in my way! My human giggles and rubs my head, playing with the tufts above my eyes just the way I like. I suppose this makes up for stealing my spot. I sigh and lick my humans’ wrist and look up at their smiling face. I paw again, a reminder that they’re still in the way.

I’m picked up again, this time lifted straight onto my owners’ lap and I curl up into a tight ball to fit. The warmth of my owner beneath me and the sun on my back lulls me and my eyes get heavy. Slowly, I fall asleep feeling my owner rub my back while I sit in my spot.

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.