Breed Guide: Miniature Schnauzer

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Miniature SchnauzerDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About Miniature Schnauzers

Height (to base of neck): female 13″; male 14″

Weight: female: 10-15 lbs, male: 11-18 lbs

Color: Black, Salt and Pepper, Black and silver, white

Origin: Germany

Coat: Wiry and harsh when stripped, often clipped close to the body with clippers, and curly when unclipped.

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Is a Miniature Schnauzer the Right Dog Breed for You?

The mini Schnauzer has been described as ‘spunky,’ verging on aloof, but their intelligence makes them amendable to obedience training.  They are friendly and eager to please.  They can possess a territorial instinct, making them suitable as watch dogs.  Their small size and friendly nature make them suitable as family pets.  They are very playful and if not given enough exercise and stimulus they can tend towards boredom driven destructiveness.  Their wiry coat requires regular grooming, typically with clipping or hand stripping.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Miniature Schnauzer

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $204 $1,199
Skin Allergies $444 $6,376
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $408 $1,954
Gastritis (Bloat) $458 $4,167
Pyoderma (Skin Infection) $200 $860


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