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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Sniffon is a mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Brussels Griffon. She is a small cross or mixed breed with a life span of 12 to 15 years. She may also be called just a Miniature Schnauzer/Brussels Griffon Mix. She is a bright and friendly dog, very people-oriented and very caring.

The Sniffon is bright dog, she is lively and outgoing and great with people. But she needs socialization and she is not great with children. Give her lots of attention and love and she will brighten up your days and be a great companion to snuggle with in the evening.

Here is the Sniffon at a Glance
Average height 10 to 14 inches
Average weight 7 to 15 pounds
Coat type Double, short, straight, soft
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Brussels Griffon is)
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat type
Tolerance to Cold Low to very good depending on coat type
Good Family Pet? Good
Good with Children? Moderate – socialization essential and is best with child free homes
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent with size but barking will have to be trained to stop
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate to good – best with experienced owners
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Somewhat active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation
Other Health Concerns Skin allergies, Hip Dysplasia,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $300 to $400

Where does the Sniffon come from?

The Sniffon is a designer dog developed in the last 10 years or so probably in the US though details are not known. Designer dogs are mixed dogs with usually two purebred parents who have been deliberately bred. Litters can vary in looks and personality with this kind of first generation breeding though the attraction tends to be the idea of the best qualities from two favorite purebreds in one dog. Take care with who you buy from. Puppy mills, backyard breeders and the like are quite common in this area and should be avoided. Here is a look at the parents of the Sniffon to get a better feel for her history.

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 Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon originally comes from Belgium where they were more terrier like and were bred to hunt vermin in city stables. Over the years they were mixed with the English Toy Spaniel, the Pug and the Affenpinscher and eventually the dog we know today emerged.

Today he is an intelligent and lively dog with an expressive almost human like face. They can be sensitive and high strung, but can make wonderful companions and tend to bond more closely with one person in a family


The Sniffon is a people-oriented and friendly dog with lots of energy and charm. She is bright and lively while also being very caring and affectionate. She is a great companion dog to a couple or single but could be a good family dog too with lots of socialization. She does get bored easily so it is important she has toys to rotate through and she is very sensitive. She does not like being left alone for long periods of time and can suffer from separation anxiety. She is intelligent and she loves to play and have fun.

What does the Sniffon look like

This is a small dog weighing 7 to 15 pounds and standing 10 to 14 inches tall. She has pointy ears and a coat that can be double, soft, short and straight though there are variations depending on the parent she is more like. Common colors are brown, black, golden, white, red and cream.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Sniffon need to be?

She is a somewhat active dog needing regular daily walks a couple of times a day. As long as she gets outside each day she is well able to live in an apartment thanks to her size. Some of her indoor play will go towards her mental and physical needs too. She loves her time playing especially if it is with you too but some can tire quickly. Trips a dog park or somewhere she be safe off leash is always a great idea.

Does she train quickly?

Most Sniffon are easy to train as they are smart and they like to please their owner. Being overly harsh or strict though is not going to be an effective approach given her sensitivity. Be firm yes, make it clear you are the leader not her. Consistency and patience are also going to be important. But also stay calm, positive and use treats, praise and rewards to encourage her. Along with her basic training you need to also have her socialized so that she is at her best around other animals, dogs and kids and can handle different situations and locations.

Living with a Sniffon

How much grooming is needed?

There will be some low to moderate shedding so expect to have some cleaning up to do and brush two to three times a week at least. When giving her a bath keep it to when she needs one and use a mild dog shampoo only. She will also need some other basic care such as cleaning her ears with a cleanser once a week and checking for infection, brushing her teeth two to three times a week and clipping her nails when they get too long. Be careful with her nails as you must not cut too low down or you can hurt her. If you prefer not to do it have a groomer do it for you.

What is she like with children and other animals?

Sniffon need socialization to get on better with other animals and children, and even to some degree other dogs. She is more accepting when raised with them but otherwise is probably best in homes that are child free. She is more friendly when it comes to other pets and even better with other dogs.

General information

Her barking can be occasional to frequent so training will be needed to control that. She is not a great watchdog so another dog would be better if that is important to you. She should be fed ½ to 1 cup of a good quality dry dog food, split into at least two meals a day.

Health Concerns

Parental health issues that can be passed down to their offspring include Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation, Skin allergies and Hip Dysplasia. Buy from a good breeder and you are more likely to get a healthier dog. It is also a very good idea to visit the puppy before you purchase to see how it is and to see the breeder’s operation.

Costs involved in owning a Sniffon

A Sniffon puppy is not one that is easy to find so at the time of this article being written there were no price ranges to gather. Other costs though will include some basic items and medical needs along with the puppy. A crate, carrier, collar, leash, bowls, blood tests, deworming, shots, micro chipping, spaying and physical exam all come to about $400. Annual medical costs come to $435 to $535 which is just for pet insurance, check ups, flea prevention and vaccinations. Non-medical yearly costs for things like license, training, toys, treats and food come to $300 to $400.


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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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