Best Dog Diet

What’s the ideal diet for your dog?


Discover more about the history of your dog’s breed, its temperament, appearance and diet

Border Terrier Diet

Bull Terrier Diet

Bulldog Diet

Boxer Diet

Cavalier Spaniel Diet

Cocker Spaniel Diet

German Shepherd Diet

Golden Retriever Diet

Labrador Retriever Diet

Lhasa Apso Diet

Miniature Schnauzer Diet

Pug Diet

Shih Tzu Diet

Springer Spaniel Diet

Staffie Diet

Westie Diet

Whippet Diet

YorkshireTerrier Diet


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Miniature Schnauzer Diet


Miniature Schnauzers are Utility dogs bred to guard and look after livestock and families. They were also used for hunting small rodents such as rats. Their natural diet would have consisted of small mammals and birds and scraps.


The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced diet is recommended to include poultry, natural meat and bone and seasonal vegetables and fruits.


Miniature Schnauzer Temperament


Miniature Schnauzers are bright and alert dogs. They are friendly and intelligent and willing to please. They need training to fulfil their potential.


They make excellent guards dogs and need proper socialisation to ensure strangers are welcomed. They are quite vocal dogs expressing joy, excitement and displeasure. They are prone to chase smaller animals.  


Miniature Schnauzer Appearance


The Miniature Schnauzer is well-built with a robust, sinewy, square-looking figure. They have a double coat, the exterior is wiry and the undercoat softer. The UK Kennel Club standards ideal height is 30-36 cms for a male and female. Weight from 5-8 kgs.


The Miniature Schnauzer coat is normally trimmed to the body.  Shedding of the coat is minimal. It is found in many colours, traditional colours include all salt and pepper mixes.


Miniature Schnauzers have a characteristic bushy beard, eye-brows and moustache together with a long snout.



Miniature Schnauzer Facts













Miniature Schnauzer History


Miniature Schnauzers were developed in Germany in the 18th Century for guarding and herding purposes. Their duties included hunting vermin around the farm.


It is closely related to Terriers and is believed to have evolved further to crossing the standard Schnauzer with other breeds such as the Affenpinscher, Poodle and Miniature Pinscher.


Miniature Schnauzers Known Disorders


Miniature Schnauzers are prone to suffer from hip dysplasia, eye problems, heart problems and liver disorders.  

UK Kennel Club  Class.


Est. Reg. Number in UK


Average Lifespan

13.5 Years

Average Size

30-36 cm

Exercise Requirement


Grooming Requirement


Hereditary Disorders