11 July 2023

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Let's talk about... Schnauzers: What are they?

  • Schnauzers are a delightful breed known for their distinctive bearded snouts and wiry coats.
  • They come in three sizes: Giant Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, and Miniature Schnauzer.
  • Originally from Germany, these intelligent dogs were bred for various purposes, including herding, guarding, and companionship.
  • They have an average height of 30-36cm for Miniatures, 47-50cm for Standards and 65-70cm for Giants,
  • Weights also vary depending on the size: Miniatures weigh approximately 5-9kg, Standards weigh around 14-20 kg, and Giants weigh between 29-41 kg.
  • Schnauzers have a life expectancy of about 12 to 15 years.
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What is the temperament of Schnauzers like?

  • Schnauzers are known for their spirited and friendly nature.
  • They are intelligent, alert, and make excellent family companions.
  • With proper socialisation from an early age, they can get along well with children and other pets.
  • Schnauzers are typically loyal and protective of their families, making them reliable watchdogs.
  • However, their strong guarding instincts may lead them to be wary of strangers, so early socialisation is essential to ensure they grow up to be well-rounded and confident dogs.
Bruno, the Schnauzer

How much exercise do Schnauzers need?

  • Schnauzers have moderate exercise needs and enjoy regular physical activity. The amount of exercise required may vary based on the size of the Schnauzer.
  • Giant and standard Schnauzers tend to enjoy approximately 1 to 2 hours of exercise per day. This can include brisk walks, jogging, and engaging play sessions.
  • Miniature Schnauzers need around 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily. This can include walks, playtime, and mental stimulation through puzzle toys or training exercises.
  • Puppies of all Schnauzer sizes have specific exercise needs. Until they reach around 3 to 4 months of age, their exercise should primarily consist of short play sessions to avoid excessive strain on their growing bodies. From 4 months to around 12 months, gradually increase their exercise time up to the recommended amounts mentioned above. At around 12 to 18 months, they can generally handle adult-level exercise routines.
Link, the Schnauzer

Do Schnauzers need a lot of grooming?

  • Schnauzers have a distinctive double coat that requires regular grooming to keep it in good condition.
  • This coat can be a variety of different colours including salt and pepper, black and black and silver.
  • Their wiry outer coat and soft undercoat should be brushed regularly to prevent matting and remove loose hair. Hand-stripping or professional trimming every few months helps maintain their characteristic appearance.
  • Schnauzers also have distinctive facial hair that requires special attention. Regular trimming and cleaning of the beard and moustache help keep them neat and prevent food debris from getting stuck.
  • Like any dog, regular tooth brushing with a dog-specific toothpaste twice daily is ideal. If you can’t manage that often, just do it as often as you can.
Oscar, the Schnauzer

Are Schnauzers easy to train?

  • Schnauzers are intelligent and eager to please, which generally makes them trainable dogs.
  • They respond well to positive reinforcement methods and enjoy mental stimulation.
  • Early socialisation and obedience training are crucial for Schnauzers to develop into well-behaved and confident dogs.
  • Training sessions should be engaging and varied to keep their interest.
  • Providing mental challenges, such as puzzle toys or interactive games, helps prevent boredom and promotes their mental well-being.
Sammie, the Schnauzer

What do Schnauzers eat?

  • Feeding your Schnauzer a balanced and nutritious diet is essential for their overall health. Choose high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their age, size, and activity level.
  • Divide their daily food into two meals a day as adults
  • Schnauzers have a tendency to gain weight, so it's important to monitor their food intake and avoid overfeeding.
  • Feed them puppy food 3-4 times a day when they are young, reducing to twice a day at 6 months and feed puppy food until about 12-18 months old, and as advised by your pet food supplier and/or vet.

Are Schnauzers healthy?

Schnauzers are generally healthy dogs, but like any breed, they can be prone to certain health conditions.


  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) - this is when the retina of the eye breaks down, leading to blindness
  • Glaucoma - the pressure of the eye becomes too high which can damage the eye


  • Diabetes - a condition where your dog can’t produce enough insulin to control their blood sugar levels (more common in Miniature Schnauzers than the other sizes)


  • Pancreatitis - a potentially serious and painful condition caused by inflammation of the pancreas, often triggered by fatty foods


  • Bladder Stones - Stones form in the bladder which can be uncomfortable and cause a blockage

This list is by no means comprehensive, if you have any concerns about the health of your dog, or if you want to discuss further if a Schnauzer is right for you, consult with your vet.

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Information on this page should never replace advice given by your veterinarian.  Potential health issues presented are given as a guide only and are not meant to be comprehensive.  If you ever have any concerns about your dog’s health contact your local vet.

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