12 - 14 inches (30-36 cm)
Double coated: harsh, wiry outercoat with a soft undercoat.
Salt and pepper is the most common color, but they can also be found in black and black and silver. They come in many other colors, such as white, tan and chocolate, but these colors are not acceptable in the show ring.
The Mini Schnauzer is the most popular of the Schnauzers. Lively, alert, charismatic and ultimately charming, the Miniature Schnauzer has something for everyone. This feisty breed is a true companion dog, with an outgoing temperament and humor that's hard to surpass.
Adaptable to just about any living environment, the Miniature Schnauzer is serious about being a member of the family and does not enjoy being alone for long periods. Mini nature keeps them alert for intruders. This Terrier nature also makes them prone to barking and chasing after vermin.
Miniature Schnauzers are proven competitors in obedience and are eager and able agility or rally dogs. A Mini will also have fun learning new tricks and playing fetch with the family.
The Miniature Schnauzer's energy level is moderately high. Don't neglect daily exercise sessions for your dog, or his energy will turn to destructive behavior and can even increase his tendency to bark. Daily walks for about 45 minutes should suffice. He is a hardy and healthy breed and is willing and able to participate in fun family activities.
Miniature Schnauzers are enthusiastic eaters and will usually gobble whatever is fed to them. Because of this, it is important to monitor their food intake to prevent obesity. Feeding twice a day is preferred.
Although their intellect and basic desire to please make them easy to train, Miniature Schnauzers can also be stubborn and manipulative. They will train their owners if their owners don't train them. With encouraging and rewarding training methods, the Mini Schnauzer can learn almost anything.
A smart and striking animal, the Mini Schnauzer draws a crowd wherever he goes, which suits him just fine and makes him easy to socialize. He prefers the company of his people to other dogs but can learn to play well with other canines. He can get along well with children if properly socialized from an early age.
The average life span of the Miniature Schnauzer is 15 years or more. Common health problems of the breed include dental problems, eye problems, hypothyroidism, pancreatitis, Schnauzer comedo syndrome and urinary tract infections.
His tough outercoat and soft undercoat, considered a "broken" coat, requires stripping or clipping to keep it from getting too bushy or unruly. A professional groomer can strip him so that he looks show-ring ready; otherwise, clipping the coat is fine.
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