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Nicole Cosgrove

Schnekingese - Miniature Schnauzer and Pekingese Mix
The parents of Schnekingese. Left: Miniature Schnauzer, Right: Pekingese

The Schnekingese is a small cross of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Pekingese. He is also called a Miniature Schnekingese or a Schenekingese. His life span is 12 to 15 years and he is a very vocal and lively little dog.

A Schnekingese is a great companion for most homes though is best with older children and will need socialization. He is lively and will want a lot of attention and play time. You will also have to train him to stop barking on command especially if you want to live in an apartment with him!

Here is the Schnekingese at a Glance
Average height 10 to 14 inches
Average weight 10 to 20 pounds
Coat type Soft, straight, short or long depending on which parent it is more like
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Can be somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Somewhat tolerant
Barking Frequent
Tolerance to Heat Low to very good depending on the coat he has
Tolerance to Cold Very good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Moderate to good – socialization is needed
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good – needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization but has high prey drive
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent with size but barking may be an issue
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but better with experienced owner
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation,
Other Health Concerns Fold Dermatitis
Life Span 12 to15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $680 to $780

Where does the Schnekingese come from?

The Schnekingese is a recent addition to the ranks of designer dogs, a term that has been given to deliberately bred first generation mixed breeds. His specific origins are not known as is the case with a lot of these dogs. This is in large part due to the fact many are being bred by puppy mills and bad breeders. Take care where you get your dog from it is absolutely worth taking the time to do your research. Here is a look at the parents to get a better idea of what goes into this particular designer dog.

The Pekingese

The Pekingese is a Chinese breed thought to be at least 2000 years old. He has a lovely story behind his origins. A lion and a marmoset fell in love and the lion asked Buddha to make him smaller so they could be together but to still leave him with a brave lion heart and big character. Buddha agreed and from the two came the Fu Lin or Lion dogs! The Pekingese was named after the Chinese capital which was then called Peking. They were never to leave the palace but in 1860 during the Opium war with the British they became prized and brought back to England. At first they were rare but they became very popular and that spread to the US at the start of the 20th century.

He is a brave and confident little dog with a strong stubborn streak! He still has a dignity about him and obviously believes he was worth all of that devotion and still is. He is protective and loyal and will need firm but positive training methods. The trick to getting him to do what you want is to make him think it is what he wanted all along!

The Miniature Schnauzer

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 Schnekingese is a very vocal and lively dog with lots of energy and playfulness. He is also very loving and affectionate and is friendly with other people. He has a sweet nature and he loves to get attention often using his bark to get it if you are not quick enough. He is curious and smart and very loyal.

What does the Schnekingese look like

This is a small dog weighing 10 to 20 pounds and standing 10 to 14 inches tall. His coat can be short or long depending on the parent he is more like and can also be wiry with a soft undercoat. Common colors are black, brown, tan and white and his ears flap over.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Schnekingese need to be?

Being a small dog while he is lively and energetic he is just slightly active as a couple of daily brisk walks will be enough along with his play during the day. He can live in an apartment due to his size and the fact he does not require a yard, but being vocal this should be considered carefully. Take him to a dog park where he can play and run free of leash safely and socialize.

Does he train quickly?

The Schnekingese is a fairly smart dog but he may sometimes not want to pay attention so keeping it interesting is key. Overall he is moderately easy to train so results will be gradual but not slower than other dogs. Along with his training he needs socialization. This will be key for him as he does not naturally get along with other dogs, children or other small animals. Be positive and firm. Keep it consistent and encourage him. The use of treats is effective too.

Living with a Schnekingese

How much grooming is needed?

The grooming for this dog will depend again on the coat he has inherited from his parents. Some have short coats that are wiry, and need less regular brushing. Some could have a coat more like the Pekingese so long and needs daily brushing. They shed a low to moderate amount and should be bathed as he needs it. Do not set a schedule for bathing, doing it too often dries out his skin and can cause skin issues and coat issues.

Give his teeth a brush at least two to three times a week and wipe his ears clean once a week. Take the time when you are cleaning to also check for signs of ear infection. His nails will need to be clipped when they get too long taking care not to cut into the quick as this will cause pain and bleeding.

What is he like with children and other animals?

Socialization is really important for the Schnekingese to help him get along better with children, animals and other dogs. While he is great with people he is not so great with these. With socialization he can be good with children and playful but the children should be taught how to play and touch carefully and older ones are best. With socialization he is just moderately good with other dogs so supervision will be needed. He does also have a high prey drive.

General information

Schnekingese are barkers. He is not likely to be alert or act as a watchdog though. He will need to be fed ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of a good quality dry dog food, fed to her in at least two meals.

Health Concerns

Health concerns he can inherit from either parent include Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Cleft Palate, Cryptorchidism, Hydrocephalus, Heart problems, IVDD and Fold Dermatitis.

Costs involved in owning a Schnekingese

Prices for the Schnekingese are hard to source at this time so we have no puppy price. But initial costs for crate, carrier, collar, leash, blood tests, vaccinations, check up, micro chips, neutering and deworming come to around $400. Annual non-medical costs for training, license, treats, food, toys and grooming come to between $680 to $780. Medical yearly basics for pet insurance, check ups, shots and flea prevention come to between $460 to $560.


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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.