Miniature Schnauzer

Terrier Group

Miniature Schnauzer lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

12-14 in

Weight

11-22 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany during the mid-to-late 19th century. The breed was bred down from the Standard Schnauzer, an all-purpose farm dog that originated in Germany during the 15th century. It is believed that the standard version was crossed with Affenpinschers, Miniature Pinschers, and/ or Miniature Poodles to create the miniature version which was better suited as a ratting dog. The Miniature Schnauzer is unique in that it is the only terrier breed that does not have British origins or British stock in its ancestry. The first Miniature Schnauzer was reported in 1888, and today the breed is the 17th most popular in the United States.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Swedish Vallhunds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆

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★☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Lively, fun-loving, and mischievous

Have a "big dog personality" and might try to act tough around much bigger dogs

Prone to weight gain if overfed or underexercised

Very people-oriented and need almost constant attention from family

Intelligent, easy to train, and love to learn new tricks but can be outrageously and frustratingly stubborn