Miniature Schnauzer


Developed in Germany in the 1800s, the Miniature Schnauzer may have been the result of crossing Affenpinschers and Poodles with small Standard Schnauzers. The Miniature, the smallest and the most popular of the Schnauzers, was exhibited in Germany as a distinct breed in 1899; the AKC separated the Standard and Miniature in 1933. Today the breed is prized for its protective nature, charm, and dapper good looks.


Small; 12 to 14 inches, 13 to 20 pounds.


Salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black.


Alert, spirited, playful, and friendly. Intelligent, but can be stubborn. Good with children. Some bark. Thrives when included in a family’s activities.

Energy level:

Moderately high.

Best owner:

Active, attentive owner.


Daily exercise (moderate walk will do), leash, fenced yard, human companionship, fun training methods, combing once or twice a week plus scissoring and shaping every two months, regular dental care.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.