Breed Information Centre

Miniature Schnauzer


Illustration of Miniature Schnauzer

A smart, small dog with a wiry coat, the Miniature Schnauzer, which is of German origin, was derived from the Schnauzer and, it is believed, the Affenpinscher. There are, in fact, three sizes of the Schnauzer: the Miniature, a Standard version and the Giant Schnauzer. The Standard version was the earliest of the three; the Miniature Schnauzer was developed later, making its debut in the show ring in 1899.

The breed comes in three colours – pepper and salt, black, black and silver and white – and its eyebrows and whiskers enhance its distinctive appearance. Daily grooming with a wire glove on the body and a comb through the whiskers and leg hair keeps these dogs in good shape, but they do require stripping twice a year.

The Miniature Schnauzer’s handy size makes him a popular town dog. He is robust, hardy and agile, and also very alert, always warning of the approach of strangers to his property.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Utility Breed Group

This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.

The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.

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