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Miniature Schnaupin

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Miniature Schnaupin is a small cross dog being the offspring of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Miniature Pinscher. He has a life span of 12 to 14 years and does well performing in agility events. He is an alert and energetic dog with a great deal of spirit.
Here is the Miniature Miniature Schnaupin at a Glance
Average height 12 to 14 inches
Average weight 10 to 20 pounds
Coat type Short and smooth or wiry top coat and soft under coat
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Twice a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Varies depending on the parent he takes after, the Miniature Pinscher prefers not to be alone but the Miniature Schnauzer does not mind it
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Low to good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good -needs socialization though
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good -socialization is very important
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization -may chase small animals
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good to very good due to size -but does best in a place with a yard
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but is best with an experienced owner
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat High
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita,
Other Health Concerns Obesity
Life Span 12 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $450
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $375 to $475

Where does the Miniature Schnaupin come from?

The Miniature Schnaupin is a mixed or cross breed sometimes also referred to as a hybrid or designer dog. While mixed dogs are not a new thing the idea of creating the first generation with purpose and that first litter being the intended outcome is something that has become popular over the last 50 years. It is in the last decade though that this type of breeding has really seen a rapid amount of growth and increase in popularity amongst dog owners. There needs to be care taken when buying any dog like this is a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills are using it to make money. Unfortunately many of these dogs have no known beginnings so we have to look at the parents to get a better feel for them.

The Miniature Schnazuer

In late 19th century Germany the Miniature Schnauzer was developed from the Standard Schnauzer and small dogs like the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher and so on. It was used to catch vermin like rats on farms, to be a good guard dog and to help hunt smaller prey. Despite the two world wars having quite a negative impact on dog breeding in Germany in general in fact the Miniature Schnauzer managed to maintain its popularity.

Today the dog we know as a Miniature Schnauzer is quite different in appearance to that dog in the late 1800s. He was a lot more colorful then but today the most popular colors are black and silver. He is a social dog, likes to be at the center of activity and can be quite feisty. He likes to be near you all the time and you will have to get used to feeling him touch some point of you throughout the day. He is intelligent though and training goes well despite his willful side.

The Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher has slightly unclear origins, experts think it is very old but actual documentation can only trace it a few hundred years or so. It is a German dog originally and he was bred for the purpose of keeping homes and stables clear of vermin like rats and mice. He was first called a Reh Pinscher as he looked like a small deer also from Germany. In 1895 the Pinscher club was formed and he was shown in his first dog show. For the start of the 1900s up to after World War I he was very popular. Breeders continued to improve him and he came to America in about 1919. They were not officially called Miniature Pinschers until 1972.

Today he is a bold, spirited dog who is very good at causing a lot of laughter and exasperation in his owners. He has a lot of curiosity and boundless energy. He is smart and alert so is a good watchdog. He needs a lot of supervision or gets himself into a lot of trouble. He is also very good at escaping yards. He is affectionate and craves attention and will act up to get it if needed.


The Miniature Schnaupin is a very outgoing and social dog. He loves to play and he has a lot of energy and spirit. He is alert and is wary of strangers until introduced. He is very happy and friendly usually though he does need socialization to get on with everyone. He is certainly a loyal and clever dog but he can be a handful as he does have a willful side.

What does the Miniature Schnaupin look like

He is a small dog weighing 10 to 20 pounds and standing 12 to 14 inches tall. He has flappy ears, a sturdy body and his coat varies depending on what parent he is more like. It can be short and smooth but it also can have a wiry top coat with a softer under coat. Common colors are blue, black, white, silver, red, brown and fawn.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Miniature Schnaupin need to be?

Being a small but energetic dog it can live in an apartment but is best with somewhere with room and a small or larger yard. He is very agile and if he does not have access to a yard to spend time playing in he will need at least two walks a day if not more. Make sure he is kept leashed or he is likely to run off after something. Trips to a dog park are a very good idea even if he does have a yard, it gives him the opportunity to improve his social skills, run off leash safely and play with you!

Does he train quickly?

The Miniature Schnaupin is a smart guy and is moderately easy to train. However most have an independent side to them that means things are not always straightforward! He will need owners with experience who can be firm but patient still. If his owner is not clearly dominant he can be a lot harder to control and he will think he is the boss. Use positive and consistent methods in the training and be prepared for a difference between the males and females. Sometimes the males are a bit harder to housebreak. Socialization is very important and should be begun as soon as you have him home.

Living with a Miniature Schnaupin

How much grooming is needed?

Most Miniature Schnaupin are fairly easy to maintain as they tend to be low to moderate in shedding and grooming needs. He should be brushed a couple of times a week just to keep it looking good and to get rid of debris and move the healthy oils in his skin around the body. Bath time should not be overly scheduled. Go by whether he really needs a bath or not as too often can lead to skin problems when the skin oils are dried out.

He will also need his nails clipped when they get too long, by someone familiar with dog nails as if you cut down too far this will hurt them and cause bleeding. He also needs his ears checked once a week for infection and then given a wipe clean. There are ear cleansers you can use but do not insert anything into the ear. His teeth too need taking care of, a brush at least twice a week if not more is best.

What is he like with children and other animals?

This dog does need good socialization to improve how he gets on with children, other dogs and other pets. With it he can be playful and affectionate with children though he does best with older children. Small children should be supervised and taught how to touch and play with him in a away he is happy with. With other dogs socialization can help him be less territorial or dominant and helps somewhat with his instinct to chase other animals.

General information

He is alert and wary so he is likely to be a good watchdog that barks to let you know when someone is approaching or trying to get in. He is not though likely to act in your defense. He should be fed ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

There are health issues he can inherit from either parent. They include Eye problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus and Obesity. Visit the puppy before you buy to check on his health and the place he was bred in. Also only buy from a good breeder and ask for a look at health clearances for both parents.

Costs involved in owning a Miniature Schnaupin

A Miniature Schnaupin puppy can cost between $250 to $450. Prices vary depending on who you buy from, where you are and what might be included with the price. There are initial costs too for medical concerns like blood testing, an examination, deworming, micro chipping, neutering and shots. These come to about $300. Other initial costs like a carrier, crate, bowls, collar and leash may start at a cost of $200. Annual medical costs such as pet insurance, flea and tick prevention, more vaccinations and check ups come to between $460 to $560. Annual non-medical costs for feeding your dog, dog treats, a license, basic training and other miscellaneous things come to $375 to $475.


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For someone wanting a small but energetic and happy dog the Miniature Schnaupin could be the one for you. He will need socialization though and a firm owner so that he does not develop small dog syndrome. He is affectionate and loyal and a joy to have in the home.

Featured Image Credit: Left – ClarissaBell, Pixabay; Right – Serova_Ekaterina, Shutterstock

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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