Routine Care: Miniature Schnauzers are a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She has a strong chase instinct, so she needs to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. She is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and frequent play sessions.
Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year professional grooming is also required for her wiry double coat.
Dental: Miniature Schnauzers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
The Miniature Schnauzer is highly spirited and active. With confident and patient leadership, she makes a fun-loving and affectionate family member.
• Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
• Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
• Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little
• Friendly and eager to please
• Docile and devoted
• Small, but sturdy
• Can be snappy when nervous
• Standoffish toward strangers
• Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training
• Easily bored and will find her own fun
• Likely to attack other small animals, including cats
• Likes to dig
Whether you are considering adding a new Miniature Schnauzer to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Miniature Schnauzer will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Miniature Schnauzer you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Miniature Schnauzer could encounter:
Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia
The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany during the 19th century as a small farm dog able to rid the property of vermin. The Miniature Schnauzer is clever and comedic, but can be mischievous. They are highly social and thrive on close human interaction with their family. The Mini Schnauzer has a spunky and playful personality, but can also be reliable, loyal, and sensitive. They are highly trainable and do well in both country and city environments. Their natural ability to learn and desire to chase make them well suited for dog sports such as agility, earth dog trials, and flyball. The Miniature Schnauzer is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 14 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Miniature Schnauzer shows signs of the following:
• Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss
• Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating
• Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat
• Gums that are a color other than bright pink
• Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest
• Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
• Low heart rate, tiring easily or fainting when exercising
• Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath
• Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine
• On-going vomiting, weight loss, and/or diarrhea
• Tubular vomit, undigested food
• Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea
• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes