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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Miniboz is a small to medium sized mixed dog. Also called Mini Bos she is a cross of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Boston Terrier. She takes part in tricks and agility events and has a life span of 12 to 15 years. She is a friendly, social dog and is quite gentle and docile.
Here is the Miniboz at a Glance
Average height 14 to 17 inches
Average weight 15 to 25 pounds
Coat type Flat or long, short or smooth, wiry – depends on which parent the coat is more like
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Every two days
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate to good
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on the coat
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good depending on the coat
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good to excellent with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good to excellent with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but best with experienced owner
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Average to above average
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation,
Other Health Concerns Allergies, Reverse Sneezing,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $675 to $775

Where does the Miniboz come from?

Dogs have always been a valued domesticated animal, used for purpose and as beloved companions. Mixing breeds to develop new breeds has been done since the times man first had dogs. But for some purebreeds trump mixed breeds also called mutts. That is until about 50 years ago when the first deliberately bred first generation mixed breeds came about. There was intent behind them and careful breeding. In the last 10 years the popularity of these now called designer dogs has soared but the care of the breeding has in some cases declined. Not all designer dogs are bred equally and a great deal of care needs to be taken over who you buy from as there are a lot of puppy mills pumping out puppies for profit. The Miniboz is a recent arrival on the designer dog scene and we have no information about where she comes from. We can therefore look at the parents for some background.

The Boston Terrier

In the late 1800s this dog came about though it has not really been discovered exactly what his origins are before that. He was one of the first made in America dogs to be recognized by the AKC. He was very popular in the US being in the top ten popular breeds all the way to the 1960s. He is the official dog of Massachusetts.

Today he is a a smart and lively dog with an even temperament. He is very affectionate but can take a bit more work to train because he can be stubborn!

The Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer was developed in Germany in the mid to late 1800s to hunt and catch vermin on farms and to act as guard dogs. He was bred by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with small breeds. During the two World Wars dog breeding struggled and some breeds almost went extinct, but the Miniature Schnauzer stayed popular. There are differences from the dog we see today to that one over a hundred years ago. Then they came in several colors but today main colors are silver and black.

He is a very outgoing dog always wanting to be part of family activities. He likes to be close to you and will often position himself so that he is touching you. He is a feisty, needy dog who is smart and easy to train. He does have a stubborn side and will try to manipulate you if you spoil him.


The Miniboz is a gentle and docile dog, very eager to please, smart and loving. She is alert and wary of strangers, she is lively and likes to play. She makes a great family dog or companion, she is friendly and social and loves to curl up with you. Sometimes she can be strong willed though and some can also be more anxious with separation than others.

What does the Miniboz look like

This is a small to medium sized dog weighing 15 to 25 pounds and standing 14 to 17 inches tall. She has ears that flap over, she can have a beard like the Miniature Schnauzer and then prominent eyes. Her straight coat can be like either parent, short and smooth or wiry, longer, harsh and scruffy looking if there is a mix. Common colors are black, brown, white, grey, cream, or brindle.
wiry, scruffy coat.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Miniboz need to be?

She is a fairly active, energetic dog but being small to medium this does not equal to hours a day needed for walking. If you live in an apartment she can adapt to that as long as she gets at least two medium to long walks a day. A yard is a bonus place for her to play in and it is a great idea to get her to a safe place where she can go off leash like a dog park. This also provides you with a chance to play with her and her with a chance to socialize. If you run or jog she could come along for it providing you were not going for hours.

Does she train quickly?

Miniboz are eager to please, intelligent and intuitive so training should at least be moderately easy when taking into account the willful side. Use firm but positive training techniques. Treats and praise will achieve far more success than punishments and scolding. As well as undertaking basic obedience and house training you should also have her socialized as early as possible. She will also do well at learning some simple tricks if you and she are inclined to include them in the training.

Living with a Miniboz

How much grooming is needed?

The coat type will affect how much she sheds and needs brushing. It is likely to be minimal and brushing her every 2 days should be enough. It will also need some clipping at a professional groomers every few months. Bathing should just be done when she needs it as doing it too often is not good for her skin. Only use a dog shampoo for the same reason.

Give her teeth a brush at least twice a week if not more. There are dog appropriate brushes and pastes. There are also cleansers you can use for wiping her ears clean which should be done weekly while you also check for infection. Dog nails have nerves and blood vessels going through the lower part so take care when it comes to trimming them. This could be left to a groomer if you are not comfortable doing it.

What is she like with children and other animals?

In general with socialization she is very good with children, other pets and dogs. She likes to play and run around with the children but is also patient and kind with them. She tends to get along well too with other dogs. Some Miniboz can have a higher prey drive than others so some may be more prone to wanting to chase small animals than others.

General information

She barks occasionally and being alert and wary is a good watchdog and will also bark to alert you to something like an intruder. She may even act to defend you. She should be fed ¾ to 11/2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day, divided into two meals or more.

Health Concerns

Buying from good breeders, doing your research, asking for parental health clearances and visiting the puppy before you buy are good ways to ensure your odds at a healthy dog are very good. Possible health concerns she can inherit from either parent include Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation, Heart Problems, Deafness, Brain tumors, Allergies and Reverse Sneezing.

Costs involved in owning a Miniboz

Being a less common designer dog and harder to find we were unable to get an estimated range of prices for Miniboz puppies at this time. Other costs though will include initial needs like a crate, carrier, collar and leash along with medical concerns like blood tests, deworming, shots, a physical, spaying and micro chipping. These all come to around $500. Annual non-medical costs for basics like grooming, food, toys, license, training and treats come to between $675 and $775. Yearly medical basics like pet insurance, flea prevention, regular check ups, tick prevention and vaccinations come to $460 to $560.


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The Miniboz is a great dog if you are looking for something with a mix of being more docile but still energetic, with some independent thinking. She will love to play but also love to curl up with you when it is time to relax. She is very affectionate and will want lots of attention in return. This could be a great new family member of any home.

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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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