Everything you need to know about Schnauzers

Life Expectancytypically 10+ years
SheddingMedium length with moderate shedding

Schnauzers have coarse fur and a beard and whiskers. Schnauzer is a German word that means ‘whiskered snout’. Schnauzer sizes include the Giant Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer. Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer colours include black and silver and white. 

There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Schnauzers, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving. 

Thinking about giving a Schnauzer a forever home? Here are some Schnauzer facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Schnauzers

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Schnauzer.

How much exercise does a Schnauzer need?

Schnauzers are typically high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and play. Like a...

How much food does a Schnauzer need?

The amount of food a Schnauzer needs depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a guide, taking...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much grooming does a Schnauzer need?

Schnauzers typically need brushing regularly. They’re also likely to need professional grooming a few times a year.

To help your dog feel comfortable with handling and grooming, so introduce it in a positive way...

What size crate do you need for a Schnauzer?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to: 

  • sit and stand up at their full height 
  • turn around without touching the sides 
  • lie down fully stretched out&...

Health issues

Before you give any type of Miniature Schnauzer or Schnauzer a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Remember, not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find out more a...

Schnauzer behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Schnauzers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

Are Schnauzers easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s treats, toys or lots of praise, training with ...

What’s the temperament of a Schnauzer?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own personality and prior experiences. So every Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer temperament is different. As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the worl...

Are Schnauzers good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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