All about Miniature Schnauzers

The miniature schnauzer was first recognized by the AKC in 1926. Schnauzers are one of the top 10 hypoallergenic dogs. This does not mean that everyone who has allergies will be able to have a miniature schnauzer but it does mean that they have less of a chance to have a reaction. Schnauzers don’t shed, have minimal dander and they do not drool, these are the qualities that put them on the top 10 hypoallergenic list.

The Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs:

  • ·         Schnauzers

  • ·         Bichon Frise

  • ·         Yorkshire Terrier

  • ·         Shih Tzu

  • ·         Poodle

  • ·         Italian Greyhound

  • ·         Basenji

  • ·         Chinese Crested

  • ·         Havanese

  • ·         Coton de Tulear

Schnauzer Qualities

Temperament and Personality: Somewhat active, alert, lively dogs, friendly, intelligent, willing to please they enjoy playtime and brisk long walks.

General Appearance: The Miniature Schnauzer is a robust, active dog of terrier type, resembling his larger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer, in general appearance, and of an alert, active disposition.

Size:  From 12 to 14 inches. He is sturdily built, nearly square in proportion of body length to height with plenty of bone, and without any suggestion of toyishness.

Coat and Grooming: Their double coat requires hand stripping for the show ring or clipping for the average pet owner but sheds very little.

Exercise: Highly adaptable, the Miniature Schnauzer can make himself at home anywhere as long as his people are close by.

Health: They are normally a healthy breed, but we try and go the extra mile to ensure the healthiest dogs and puppies. All of our adults have their eyes, hips, heart and thyroid OFA tested. If they don’t pass the test we do not breed them.


  • Officially recognized by the AKC, Black, Salt and Pepper, Black and Silver.

  • Other colors: Liver and Tan, Liver Parti, Black and White Parti, Black and Silver Parti, Liver Pepper, Liver (chocolate), Salt and Pepper Parti, Chocolate and Tan Parti.

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