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Miniature Schnoxie

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

miniature schnoxie

The Miniature Schnoxie is a mixed dog with two purebred parents, the Miniature Schnauzer and the Dachshund. He is a small to medium-sized cross with a life span of 12 to 15 years. It can also be called a Merle Schnauzer or a Miniature Schnauzer/Dachshund Mix. He is successful at activities like hunting and guarding. He is a willful dog who is very loyal and protective.

Here is the Miniature Schnoxie at a Glance
Average height 8 to 14 inches
Average weight 15 to 30 pounds
Coat type Short to long, smooth, wiry, or soft depending on which parent it takes after
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Good
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Low to very good depending on the coat he has inherited
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization but may chase smaller animals
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to high depending on which parent he takes after
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good as long as he gets daily exercise
Good Pet for the new Owner? Good but better with an experienced owner
Trainability Moderately hard
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushing’s, Diabetes, Deafness, Urinary Stones,
Other Health Concerns Obesity, ear infections
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $100 to $650
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $680 to $780

Where does the Miniature Schnoxie come from?

The Miniature Schnoxie is a designer dog a label or name given to purposely bred mixed dogs today. They are a growing trend in dog ownership with many celebrities and people owning them. Nearly all of them have two different purebred parents and a name that blends syllables or sounds of the parent’s names. A problem that has arisen with this kind of breeding is that not all are being bred with thought, care, or standards as you find with good breeders of purebred dogs. There are a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders that need to be avoided so take care and do your homework. It is true of many of these dogs that not much is known about their beginnings. Since this is the case with the Miniature Schnoxie too we can take a look at the parents to have a better idea of where they come from.

The Dachshund

Hailing from Germany the Dachshund’s name translates to badger dog which he was used to hunting. His ancestors might have early roots in Ancient Egypt. He was kept by nobles and royals across Europe from the 15th century on. He varied in size depending on what hunting he was used for. It is thought he came to America in the seventeen or eighteen hundreds. The short-haired version came first, then came the long-haired, and lastly the wire-haired.

Today the Dachshund is a playful dog but has a stubborn streak and still loves to chase smaller animals, balls, and birds. Their strong-willed nature makes them harder to train and they are wary of strangers and can be aggressive especially with other dogs. Socialization then is important. He is devoted to his owner and hates to be left alone.

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-on 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 Miniature Schnoxie is a loving and loyal dog who as a result of that devotion can be protective and will use aggression to defend you if he deems it is needed. He is a friendly dog and loves to be the center of everyone’s attention and loves his treats. He does have a willful and stubborn side and he can be alert. He is playful and he can be a good family dog or companion. With strangers, he will be initially wary until introduced and he has accepted them. Some are more docile than others and often they have a curious nature. He is energetic and can be anxious when he is not given enough stimulation.

What does the Miniature Schnoxie look like

This is a small to medium-sized dog being 15 to 30 pounds and standing 8 to 14 inches tall. He tends to have the shape and body of the Dachshund but has legs that are a bit longer. His ears tend to hang down and his coat can vary depending on which 3 coats the Dachshund parent had and if he takes after one of those, or if he has one more like his Miniature Schnauzer parent. It can be short to long, fine, or wiry. Common colors are silver, white, brown, black, tan, red, and grey. The patterning is usually like the Schnauzers.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Miniature Schnoxie need to be?

He is a fairly active dog so as well as his play indoors he will need regular exercise each day otherwise he will start acting out. Take him for a couple of walks each day and also let him have time somewhere where he can run free safely and perhaps socialize, a local dog park for example. He is a good size for easy apartment living and he does not have to have a yard to play in though it is a bonus. When walking keep him leashed as he does like to chase moving things and he is fast.

Does he train quickly?

The Miniature Schnoxie is moderately hard to train because of his willfulness. He is therefore not best suited to first-time owners. Training will need patience, consistency, firmness, and positivity. If you are having problems you can always turn to a professional school or trainer. Some Miniature Schnoxies are more eager to please and maybe a little easier but in general, it will be a slow and gradual process. Early socialization and training are essential for him to become the best dog he can be.

Living with a Miniature Schnoxie

How much grooming is needed?

He will need regular grooming whatever type of coat he ends up with, it could be anything from brushing twice a week to brushing daily. His shedding also varies for the same reason and can be low to moderate. Certain coats, longer ones, or wiry ones will need more regular trips to a groomer to trim or strip. The Miniature Schnoxie should have a bath just when he really needs one. Bathing too often can damage the natural oils in his skin and that can lead to dry skin problems. His nails will need to be clipped when they grow too long. Dog nails are not like people’s, there is a lower section that contains nerves and blood vessels. Should you cut that section it will hurt your dog and cause a surprising amount of bleeding. If you are not familiar with them have the groomer do it for you. Wipe his ears clean and check for infection once a week and brush his teeth two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

Key to his interactions is early and effective socialization. When it has been done children and the Miniature Schnoxie get on well together, they play together, are energetic and lively together and he is affectionate towards them. He loves to play too with other dogs and will happily run over to other dogs when going to a dog park. He can get on with other pets but he can also chase small animals. But it does come down to the socialization and interactions he has as he grows.

General information

He is good as a watchdog and will bark to alert you if there is an intruder. He barks occasionally too frequently so training is needed to control his noise level if you live where there are noise regulations. He should be fed 1 1/2 to 2 cups of good quality dry dog each day split into two meals.

Health Concerns

There are health issues that can be inherited from his parents such as IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushing’s, Diabetes, Deafness, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Obesity, and ear infections.

Costs involved in owning a Miniature Schnoxie

A Miniature Schnoxie puppy can cost between $100 to $650. Initial costs like blood tests, examination, shots, microchipping, neutering, deworming, collar and leash, carrier bag, and crate come to between $455 to $500. Medical annual basics like checkups, vaccinations, flea prevention, and pet insurance come to between $460 to $560. Non-medical essentials like grooming, training, license, treats, food, and toys come to between $680 to $780.


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The Miniature Schnoxie is a dog that is good as a family pet or as a companion for couples or singles. He does need socialization to better how he gets on with other animals, children, and dogs and training is something that is going to take time and a lot of patience. As long as you can meet his needs and handle his stubborn side he will be loyal and affectionate, protective, and bring a lot of joy.

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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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