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Crested Schnauzer

Nicole Cosgrove

June 11, 2021
The Crested Schnauzer is a mix of the Chinese Crested and the Miniature Schnauzer. He is a small cross with a life span of 12 to 15 years and is also just known as a Chinese Crested/Miniature Schnauzer Mix. He is a playful and very happy little dog.
Here is the Crested Schnauzer at a Glance
Average height 11 to 14 inches
Average weight 10 to 15 pounds
Coat type Dense, long, wiry, can also be hairless
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Depends on coat, moderate
Shedding Low to moderate depending on coat
Brushing Depends on coat
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to excellent, Miniature Schnauzer is quite happy being left alone, the Chinese Crested is absolutely not so their offspring can be like either or somewhere in the middle
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Low to good – if hairless they can burn if not protected
Tolerance to Cold Low to very good – if hairless they need clothing on
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Very good with socialization – fragile though so better with older children
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization – may be better with larger dogs than those of his size!
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization – may chase small animals
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but better with someone with experience
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Moderate to above average
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Legg-Calve-Perthes,
Other Health Concerns Dental problems,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $150 to $500
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $300 to $400

Where does the Crested Schnauzer come from?

It has become quite the trend in pet ownership to have a designer dog nowadays. These are dogs deliberately bred mixed breeds with often two purebred parents and a name that blends those together. It has grown in popularity over the last 30 years but more so in the last 10, with an explosion of options to choose from. This has happened mostly though because a lot of poor breeders and puppy mills (that need to be avoided) produce dogs just for profit. With no known beginnings for the Crested Schnauzer we can take a look at the parents for a better background on it.

The Chinese Crested

Despite being called Chinese they are not actually originally from China, but come from either Mexico or Africa. However it was when they came to China they were reduce in size and bred into the dog we know today. They were popular as much with common people as with the emperors themselves and Chinese sailors are said to have kept them on ships with them to hunt vermin. Eventually they made their way to Europe sometime in the 1700s. When they reached America is not known but the first club formed was in 1974.

Today this a rare dog in China. They are alert and happy dogs who love their people very much and want lots of cuddles and lap time. He is intelligent but some trainers rate them lower on the scale than they really are because of a lack of understanding. He makes a great companion dog but can have a strong stubborn side. He may not react well to strangers and unless has some training and socialization can even nip at them.

The Miniature Schnauzer

This dog was bred to be a ratter on farms and to be a guard dog. He was bred in the mid to late 1800s in Germany by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with other smaller breeds. In Europe during the World Wars dog breeding was hard and some breeds nearly disappeared but the Miniature Schnauzer remained popular. In those days you could get them in a variety of colors but today not so much!

Today he is a lively dog who loves to be in the middle of family goings ons and is quite the extrovert. He loves to receive affection and attention and is affectionate in return. He is feisty and confident and his need to be around people will likely mean he will follow you around. He will love to snuggle into your lap and he will try to make you do what he wants to get his own way. He is intelligent but can be stubborn.


The Crested Schnauzer is a very energetic and playful dog. He is smart and bright and friendly too. He gets on well with with everyone so could make a great family dog with some attention to socialization and training. He is also a great lap dog and companion. He is very sensitive though so will not do well in overly loud homes or with owners who are likely to yell at him. When it comes to being left alone it really depends on which parent he is more like. The Miniature Schnauzer is quite happy being left alone but the Chinese Crested is completely the opposite so it could go one way, the other, or something more in the middle!

What does the Crested Schnauzer look like

This is a small dog weighing 10 to 15 pounds and standing 11 to 14 inches tall. The coat can really vary, there is the Schnauzer coat which is wiry and coarse or the Chinese Crested can have a long soft fur, or be hairless. Any of these can pass to their mixed offspring, or even a mix of them. For the coat there is common colors are tan, white, black, brown and grey. The head tends to look more like the Schnauzer’s, with a muzzle that is squared and the body is stockier than the Chinese Crested.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Crested Schnauzer need to be?

They are fairly active dogs but being small this is quite manageable. He will need regular walks twice a day, some play time indoors and maybe out if you have somewhere to do it. He can live fine in an apartment with his size and he does not need a yard. However it is always a bonus to have with any dog. Regular visits to a dog park is a great way to get in some play, some time safe off leash for him to run around and to socialize. He does well at agility events and the like.

Does he train quickly?

Crested Schnauzer are moderately easy to train. He is smart but results will be gradual and you will need be patient. While it is important to make it clear you are the leader by being form and consistent, you also need to keep in mind that he is sensitive and is not going to respond well to harsh techniques. Be positive in your approach, keep it motivating, rewarding and use treats and praise to encourage him. As well as ensuring he is trained you also need to make sure he is well socialized from a young age. He will be a much easier pet to live with and a happier dog too.

Living with a Crested Schnauzer

How much grooming is needed?

Really the grooming is going to depend a great deal on the coat your Crested Schnauzer has. One that is hairless will need a little less brushing, though what hair is there will still need care. But those hairless dogs need a lot more attention and care when it comes to looking after their skin. Cream may be needed to keep it from being dry (avoid lanolin as many are allergic to it), sun lotion for when they are out in the sun, clothing for when they are out in the cold! Also the hairless types actually need more frequent bathing than those with coats. If it does have a coat give it a brush to help with shedding and bathe when he needs it using a dog shampoo only.

Aside from the coat/skin there are his ears that need to be cleaned weekly and checked for infection. His nails will need clipping by a groomer or vet, or by yourself as long as you know about dog nails and the quick. Do not neglect his teeth either, use a dog toothbrush and paste and make sure they are brushed at least two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is very good with children when socialized and is energetic, affectionate and playful with them. He tends to do better with older children though just because of his size. Always supervise young children around him and teach them how to play and touch safely and kindly. When it comes to other pets that socialization is important because he does have instincts to chase and hunt smaller animals. When it comes to other dogs interestingly some owners find he gets on better with larger dogs than those of his size!

General information

He is alert so he should bark to warn you if an intruder is trying to get in. He otherwise is an occasional barker. He will need to fed ½ to 1 cup of a good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals. Take care to feed him just what he needs and not to let him graze or beg for table scraps. He does get obese very easily as he loves his food.

Health Concerns

As mentioned they may need a lot of care if they are hairless, they can burn easily and skin problems are a common problem as are allergies. Other health concerns he can inherit from either parent include Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Legg-Calve-Perthes and Dental problems.

Costs involved in owning a Crested Schnauzer

A Crested Schnauzer puppy can cost somewhere between $150 to $500. Initial costs such as a physical, shots, blood tests, chipping, neutering, deworming, a crate, carrier, collar and leash come to about $360. Annual medical costs for the basics like vet check ups, tick and flea prevention, vaccinations and pet insurance come to $435 to $535. Non-medical annual costs like food, treats, toys, training and license come to $300 to $400.


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This is a lovely little dog with lots of zest and happiness. Give him play, measured food, exercise and lots of attention along with training and socialization and he will be a great companion or family dog. Do watch his skin care needs if he is hairless!

Featured Image Credit: Left – Veronika_Andrews, Pixabay; Right – ClarissaBell, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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