A woman holds her miniature Schnauzer Dog as the two enjoy an outing

Everything You Need to Know About the Schnauzer


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The Schnauzer dog comes with choices. Not only is this fella super cute but he also comes in miniature, standard and giant Schnauzer variants. So whether you like little, medium or big dogs there’s a pooch for you.

This moustachioed canine companion is dignified, elegant, witty and intelligent. In other words his outer appearance suits his dog-o-nality to the tee. Find out all about this breed’s charm in our all-encompassing article (OK, not all encompassing but we’ve done a lot of research!).

The Schnauzer dog comes in three sizes and two coats

As we’ve mentioned, the Schnauzer dog comes in three sizes: Giant, Standard, and Miniature Schnauzer.

  • Miniature Schnauzer. The Miniature Schnauzer is clever and brave. He’s big of spirit and energetic enough to patrol farmlands or be a watchdog while also being a small dog breed that can enjoy apartment life.
  • Standard Schnauzer. Like both the little and giant pups, the Standard Schnauzer is intelligent and brave. The main difference is that he’s bigger than the mini and smaller than the giant.
  • Giant Schnauzer. The Giant Schnauzer is impressively robust. He’s bigger and stronger than his smaller versions. If you like big dogs and moustaches, he’s made for you!

Regardless of size, all Schnauzers share a distinctive double coat. They enjoy having a protective layer of wiry outer fur combined with a soft undercoat that’s warm and downy.

A family of people and miniature Schnauzer dogs enjoy playing on the lawn

Do Schnauzers shed?

Thankfully, even though the Schnauzer dog has two rather than one layer of fur, it doesn’t shed a lot – making it a possible option for allergy sufferers. However, its water resistant double coat needs regular grooming to maintain a healthy fullness and prevent matting.

Read more about dogs that shed less and are sometimes known as hypoallergenic dogs.

Do Schnauzers pick one person?

The Schnauzer dog has a heart that’s big enough to fit the whole family. Regardless of size, this breed is renowned for being affectionate with its humans.

However, while the mini and standard Schnauzers both get full marks for being affectionate with kids, the giant version gets around a 60% mark. Read more about teaching boundaries and respect when it comes to dogs and kids.

That said, in reality, a dog’s behaviour comes down largely to its training and socialisation. Start them off on the right paw with four puppy training tips, or find yourself a great puppy training school.

Are Schnauzers easy to train?

Is the Schnauzer dog easy to train? You might say yes… and no. That’s because this breed is known for being a bit stubborn. Thankfully it’s also known for intelligence.

What this means is that you might need to put in one or two more hard yards when it comes to initial training. But once that’s achieved, you’ll have a friendly fellow who’s dedicated to showcasing everything he’s learnt.

A standard Schnauzer sits on a dog bed

What are Schnauzers known for?

The Giant, Standard, and Miniature Schnauzer dog breeds are known for their loyalty, bold attitudes and reliability. Before being called a Schnauzer this dog breed was originally known as a Wire-Haired Pinscher.

Bred in Germany as an all-rounder farm dog the Schnauzer is versatile enough to help farmers hunt, guard, herd and catch rats. Of course, this whiskered pooch makes a stellar pet too.

Schnauzer is the German word for ‘snout’, colloquially used to mean ‘moustache’.

Here are some other fast facts about the Giant, Standard, and Miniature Schnauzer dog breeds:

Miniature SchnauzerStandard SchnauzerGiant Schnauzer
Life span12 – 14 years13 – 16 years10 – 12 years
Height 30 cm46 cm61 cm
Weight6.4 – 9.1 kg14 to 20 kg25 to 36 kg

Pet plans for Miniature to Giant Schnauzer dogs

Whether big or little, every dog has its day. When that day comes and he or she gets injured or ill, you’ll want to know you’ve done your best to give them a soft landing with pet insurance.

From unexpected vet visits to surgery, prescribed medication and bills for all sorts of pet health nasties, your plan helps keep your pet and pocket safe.

Regardless of whether you have a miniature, standard or giant Schnauzer, give your dog the safety of award winning pet insurance. Buy online and PD Insurance gives you one or more months of pet insurance FREE. Getting a pet plan online is easy and we make it easy to claim when you need to!

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