Standard Schnauzer vs Miniature Schnauzer

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
13 to 16 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Standard Schnauzers are best for experienced pet parents who have the time and interest to invest in regular training. With proper socialization, the Standard Schnauzer breed is a good with kids and other pets. They...

Standard Schnauzers are best for experienced pet parents who have the time and interest to invest in regular training. With proper socialization, the Standard Schnauzer breed is a good with kids and other pets. They can thrive in smaller homes and apartments as long as their pet parent keeps them physically and mentally stimulated with frequent walks and varied activities.

Standard Schnauzer Temperament

No one has ever accused you of being insecure—your confidence is one of your best qualities. And as such, you need a canine companion who is equally self-assured. Enter the Standard Schnauzer. Known for exuding confidence, these dignified dogs also harbor deep wells of playfulness and energy. Standard...

No one has ever accused you of being insecure—your confidence is one of your best qualities. And as such, you need a canine companion who is equally self-assured. Enter the Standard Schnauzer. Known for exuding confidence, these dignified dogs also harbor deep wells of playfulness and energy.

Standard Schnauzers are not considered to be an aggressive breed, but they do have a tendency to sound the bark alarm at passing strangers, and, along with their characteristic wariness of people they don’t know, they make excellent watchdogs. They’re not known as having biting tendencies, but they can get nippy, and there are certain things—teasing from children, for example—they simply will not tolerate. A Standard Schnauzer’s compatibility with others (both two- and four-legged friends) hinges on early socialization.

Standard Schnauzers’ competency is high; they learn things quickly, and they remember everything, both good and bad. (Sorry, they’re not going to let you live down the time you tried to bring perms back.) They are also high-spirited and will run circles around you—literally and figuratively—if you let them. Consistent, positive reinforcement training will help your Standard Schnauzer be their best self.

Bred to be Germany’s best all-round farm dog, Standard Schnauzers are their happiest, truest selves when they have a job, whether it’s as the family watchdog, a canine athlete who excels at obedience, agility or herding, or doing tasks around the house (laundry anyone?).

Standard Schnauzer Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Small in size and relatively easy to care for, Miniature Schnauzers are best for newbie pet parents and those who live in apartments or small spaces. They may also be the ideal pup for people...

Small in size and relatively easy to care for, Miniature Schnauzers are best for newbie pet parents and those who live in apartments or small spaces. They may also be the ideal pup for people with allergies.

Miniature Schnauzer Temperament

The Miniature Schnauzer’s size is small, but in many ways, this gregarious breed acts like a big dog in a small body. Feisty and spunky top the list of their qualities! But despite their larger-than-life personality, this breed is also sweet and affectionate, happy to snuggle with you on...

The Miniature Schnauzer’s size is small, but in many ways, this gregarious breed acts like a big dog in a small body. Feisty and spunky top the list of their qualities! But despite their larger-than-life personality, this breed is also sweet and affectionate, happy to snuggle with you on the couch. Mini Schnauzers are very attached to their people and want to be wherever you are at all times.

Miniature Schnauzer dogs are generally good with children. They’re loving little dogs who are always ready to play. The children in their lives must understand how to play gently with small dogs, though—kids, especially younger ones, sometimes play too rough with smaller dog breeds. Miniature Schnauzers’ friendly temperaments often lead them to pair well with other pets, although their big personality can sometimes mean they confront larger dogs, and their terrier prey drive may stand in the way of friendships with small animals. (They do like to chase.) Start socializing your dog early, so they’ll be well-behaved around smaller children and other pets.

Miniature Schnauzers bond so strongly with their families that they can be aloof toward new people coming into the home. But as soon as your pup sees you interacting with a stranger, they’ll likely be friendly toward the new person, too. And while Miniature Schnauzers are very noisy, they’re not known to bite.

Miniature Schnauzer Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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