The Miniature Schnauzer dog breed has it all in one small package: intelligence, affection, an extroverted temperament, humor, and a personality that’s twice as big as their bodies. Throw in that walrus mustache and quivering enthusiasm, and they’ll make you laugh every day.
With a Miniature Schnauzer in the house, you’ll never be alone, not even when you go to the bathroom. They’ve got personality-plus, and whether they’re bounding around ahead of you or curled up snoozing on your lap, you’ll never be bored with one of these pups around. Just make sure you can give them plenty of exercise to keep up with their high energy!
Miniature Schnauzers must weigh between 12 – 24 pounds full grown and stand 12 – 15 inches tall to be qualified to enter the show ring. If a Miniature Schnauzer is smaller or larger then this requirement then it is considered a fault by the American Miniature Schnauzer Club. Which just means they can not enter the show ring for competition.
General Features Of A Toy Schnauzers
- The Miniature Schnauzer is people-oriented and wants nothing more than to hang out with you. He’s incredibly affectionate.
- A Miniature Schnauzer is intelligent, mischievous, and often stubborn. He’s full of life.
- He’s low-shedding, but high-maintenance in terms of grooming. He needs to be clipped every five to eight weeks or so.
- He’s noisy. Protective of home and family, he’ll bark even at slight noises.
- He’s good with kids and other dogs, but not to be trusted around small mammals.
- Always keep your Miniature Schnauzer on a leash when you’re not in a fenced area. If he sees something and wants to chase it, he will likely ignore your calls.
- A bored Miniature Schnauzer is an unhappy Miniature Schnauzer. Because he’s intelligent and energetic, he thrives on varied activities and exercise. Make sure that you give him both, or he’ll become destructive and ill-tempered.
- To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.
How Big Will My Miniature Schnauzer Get?
Miniature Schnauzers were bred specifically to be smaller versions of the larger Schnauzer, which is quite a bit dog. They typically reach somewhere between 12 to 14 inches while weighing about 11 to 20 inches. Despite their smaller size, they are extremely sturdy, unlike many of the other toy dogs out there. There is not a significant size difference between males and females. A dog can fall at the bottom or top of the spectrum, no matter their size.
A dog’s overall weight is determined mostly by genes. Nutrition can play a role. However, you can’t make a dog be bigger or smaller based on what you feed them. It is possible for a dog to be underweight if not fed appropriately. A lack of nutrition can stunt their growth and make them smaller than they would be if fed correctly. Obviously, it is not recommended to feed your dog less in the hopes that they might be smaller.
How Big Is A 6-Month-Old Miniature Schnauzer?
At six months old, a Miniature Schnauzer should be around 75% to 85% of their adult weight. Many will weigh anywhere from 8 to 17 pounds. As you can see, this is a huge range. Those on the smaller end will likely grow quite a bit more. However, those on the upper end will be nearly their adult size at this point and will likely not grow much at all.
All puppies grow at their own rate, which is why the range is so wide at this point. You can expect smaller puppies to have a growth spurt soon and nearly reach at least 11 pounds within the next six months. Larger puppies will likely only gain another pound or two – if anything.
With that said, smaller puppies will likely stay on the smaller side. An eight-pound puppy is likely not going to double their weight within the next six months. Instead, they’ll likely remain on the smaller side, even as an adult.
What Health Problems Do Miniature Schnauzers Have?
Miniature Schnauzers can suffer from health problems that include allergies, epilepsy, diabetes and pancreatitis. The most common genetic problem in the breed is a strong tendency to form different types of bladder stones, usually struvite or calcium oxalate stones.
When Is A Miniature Schnauzer Fully Grown?
Most dogs are done growing by a year old. Most will only gain a few pounds during their last few months of growth. Many will reach their full height at around 10 to 12 months of age. However, they may need to gain some extra muscle and fat before they have reached their full adult weight. Some dogs may appear a bit skinny for a bit, especially if most of their calories seem to go toward height gain and not muscle mass. However, most will even out before 16 months.
While you can accurately predict your dog’s final adult weight at around four months, some dogs do surprise us. Some have a final growth spurt that sends them over what we were originally expecting, while others stop growing before we would have guessed. For this reason, we do not recommend focusing solely on the numbers on the scale or what you thought your dog’s size was going to be. Instead, keep an eye on their body condition when determining if they are a healthy weight or not. If you have any questions about your dog’s weight, visit your vet.
How Big Is A Newborn Miniature Schnauzer?
When these dogs are first born, they weigh from 4 to 9 ounces usually. It is important to note that a puppy’s size at birth isn’t a predictor of how big they will get later. A dog’s growth while in the womb is based on their placement. Some puppies get better nutrition from others and will therefore be born larger.
On the other hand, all puppies get about the same nutrition after birth. Therefore, their growth is based more on genetics. The runt will likely not stay the runt, especially if their genes have coded for a larger dog. The largest puppy probably won’t stay the largest puppy for very long. Smaller puppies will quickly gain the few ounces they need to catch up to their littermates.
What Do Miniature Schnauzers Die From?
Heart failure is a leading cause of death among Miniature Schnauzers in their golden years. Most heart disease in dogs is caused by the weakening or slow deformity of heart valves such that they no longer close tightly; blood then leaks back around these weakened valves, straining the heart.
Do Mini Schnauzers Like To Cuddle?
Do miniature schnauzers like to cuddle? Yes quite, they make the best of cuddle buddies. They are an excellent size. They long for curling up on your lap for a cuddle.
Are Mini Schnauzers Good Dogs?
Miniature Schnauzers are generally well-mannered and fun-loving dogs that make great additions to most families. They are loyal companions who are playful, curious, and alert, and love to be the center of attention. And though their small size may make potential owners view them as lap dogs, they really aren’t.
What Is A Micro Teacup Schnauzer?
The teacup Schnauzer is not an official breed but a purebred Miniature Schnauzer that’s been bred to be very small. While the Miniature Schnauzer weighs between 11 and 20 pounds, the teacup Schnauzer typically weighs under 7 pounds.