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Miniature Schnauzer – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1926
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Size: Small
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate

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The mini schnauzer was originally bred for farm work as a 'ratter'; it is classified within the terrier family. Their small figure makes them suitable for city living. This highly intelligent dog is also a good guard dog with excellent hearing, vision, and loud bark.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Miniature Schnauzer in 1926. These small sized, medium energy dogs are known as the 20 most popular breeds in England, Germany, and the US. The miniature schnauzer has the standard schnauzer, poodle, and affenpinscher in his ancestry.


Despite the small size, Miniature Schnauzers are sturdy with a squarely built body. It has the unique schnauzer beard and wiry coat which comes in various colors such as black, silver, salt and pepper. Their eyebrows are bushy with a small and deep set of eyes which give the impression of grouchiness. The ears may be cropped or not; if it is uncropped the ears are a small V-shaped. The head is rectangular with a blunt and strong muzzle and covered in a unique schnauzer beard. The Miniature Schnauzer has a double coat with soft and thick undercoating and a more wiry topcoat. The dead and loose hairs naturally shed but tend to get stuck on the topcoat which makes them seem to not shed. Therefore, this dog is suitable for people with asthma or allergies since schnauzer sheds little hair.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s food with your veterinarian or breeder to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure optimal health and lifespan. As always, it is important to readily provide clean and fresh water every day.


The miniature schnauzer requires regular grooming at least once every week as well as a periodic bath. It is advisable to brush away loose hair twice or three times per week to avoid matting and reduce potential allergies in the household. As this breed sheds very little because the undercoat gets stuck in the topcoat, the dead hear should be removed manually by brushing it. After each meal, owners may want to wash the beard to prevent tangles and also keep your pet looking good and smelling fresh. Owners can trim their nails on a monthly basis if your miniature schnauzer does not wear down the toenails by being outside. Regular checking on Schnauzer’s ears is also important to check debris and wax buildup, and to prevent infection or irritation. Finally, brush your pet's teeth once a week to avoid tartar buildup and prevent bad breath.


Even though he is a small sized dog, the miniature schnauzer should not be mistaken for a toy dog. They need daily exercise of at least 30 minutes or poor behaviors may start form. This breed can be suitable for both city and countryside living as they easily adapts well to both. The miniature schnauzer has high intelligence, which makes them easy to train.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 30” dog crates for most adult Miniature Schnauzers.



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