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The Mini Schnauzer is a compact and spunky breed that originated in Germany. This miniature version of the Schnauzer is known for its distinctive appearance with a signature beard and bushy eyebrows. Mini Schnauzers are intelligent and loyal dogs that make great family pets.


The Mini Schnauzer was developed in the 19th century in Germany by breeding the Standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds such as the Affenpinscher and Miniature Pinscher. The breed was initially used as a ratting and watchdog dog, but eventually became a popular family pet. Mini Schnauzers were officially recognized by the AKC in 1926.

Physical Characteristics

The Mini Schnauzer is a square-proportioned dog with a muscular build and a distinctive beard and eyebrows. The breed has a double coat that is wiry and salt-and-pepper in color. Mini Schnauzers stand at about 12-14 inches tall and weigh between 11-20 pounds.

Personality and Training

Mini Schnauzers are lively and energetic dogs that are also highly intelligent and trainable. They are very loyal and affectionate towards their owners and make great family pets. These dogs are protective and have a strong instinct to guard their homes, making them great watchdogs. Training is crucial for Mini Schnauzers as they can become stubborn if not trained properly. Positive reinforcement and consistency are key to successful training with this breed.

Health and Care

Mini Schnauzers are generally healthy dogs, but they can be prone to certain health issues such as diabetes, bladder stones, and skin allergies. Regular exercise and proper nutrition can help prevent these health problems. Mini Schnauzers also require regular grooming, including trimming and brushing their beard and eyebrows, to maintain their distinctive appearance.


The Mini Schnauzer is a lively and loving breed that makes a great addition to any family. These dogs are highly intelligent and trainable, but also require consistent training and grooming to maintain their health and appearance. If you're looking for a spunky and affectionate companion, the Mini Schnauzer might just be the perfect fit for you.

Life With A New Puppy

A Mini Schnauzer puppy can bring a lifetime of love and joy to your home. If you are interested in getting a Mini Schnauzer puppy, check out our Available Pups page to see if we have any Mini Schnauzers currently available. We get new puppies every Friday. Contact us here if you would like to set up an appointment to meet a dog.

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