A small grey dog, with a thin face, wiry hair, bushy eyebrows and muzzle, and ears flopped in a v shape, curls their pink tongue up towards their nose, as they keep their eyes on a treat; sat in front of a lake, lined with pink flowers.

Miniature Schnauzer

Described as the pawfect companion, the Miniature Schnauzer is an assertive dog with plenty of intelligence. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed.

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What is a Miniature Schnauzer?

The Miniature Schnauzer is a small terrier that derives from the Schnauzer and the Affenpinscher. They have a wiry coat and come in three different colours - pepper and salt, black, black and silver and white, with their eyebrows and whiskers providing distinctive features. Their coats are sometimes thought to be non-moulting - while this isn’t true, they are low shedding dogs and their shedding is generally unnoticeable.

In short, small and cute dogs don’t get much better than this.

How much exercise does a Miniature Schnauzer need?

With Schnauzers originally being used as working dogs, the Miniature Schnauzer has fairly high energy levels and requires at least an hour of exercise every day, according to The Kennel Club. They could be classed as a lap dog breed but will need a good run around before sitting down to enjoy a good book with you.

Two dark haired dogs with paler patches and impressive moustaches lie on a bed. One is wearing a birthday hat with a 2 on it, the other has a pink neckerchief

“Betsy lives for her walks, especially when they involve long grass or a swim in the river." - Helena, Owner of Betsy.

What is the temperament of a Miniature Schnauzer?

The Miniature Schnauzer is primarily a companion dog, they do possess some working instincts. They make good family dogs and can be quite possessive of their territory. The Kennel Club describes them as alert, reliable and intelligent.

Layla is a cute, young pup with scruffy fur in shades of grey. She's lying on a leather sofa, looking at the camera

“Felix is a typical Miniature Schnauzer - he’s very affectionate, loves children, is keen to play, loves to sniff when out on a walk, and can sometimes be a bit suspicious of other dogs but once he's met them properly, he's friendly and more than happy to play.” - Sophie, Owner of Felix.

Are Miniature Schnauzers easy to train?

Although the Miniature Schnauzer is relatively easy to train, this has to be done from a very early age to ensure they know who is boss. They tend to be playful dogs so might be cheeky if they don’t get enough exercise. Consistency is key when training them.

“Maisie is so well behaved she is a Therapet. She goes into the local psychiatric hospitals most challenging wards, for dementia and head injuries, and meets the patient's.” - Hazel, Owner of Maisie.

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Sally, Owner of Bobby:

When Bobby is not out on walks or snacking at home, he loves to sleep and snores like a little baby!

Kate, Owner of Colin:

Colin can steal food from any table and is an accomplished butter thief.

Gabrielle, Owner of Logan:

Logan loves a good back and shoulder rub, and is happy to let you know when he needs one by nuzzling your hand relentlessly.

Most common Miniature Schnauzer names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Alfie
  • Pepper
  • Lola
  • Poppy
  • Ruby
  • Charlie
  • Molly
  • Dexter
  • Henry
  • Monty

Owner Ingrid joined BorrowMyDoggy with her Miniature Schnauzer, Fuggle, and shared how, “BorrowMyDoggy is life changing - it's great for dogs and it's great for people.” Watch their lovely Waggy Tale here.

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Miniature Schnauzers. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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