Q&A about mini schnauzers

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s a normal mini schnauzer weight?

How heavy the mini schnauzer depends on its age and gender: 

  • A newborn mini schnauzer weighs 4-9 oz (110-260 g)
  • A 4-month-old mini schnauzer weighs 6-10 lb (2.5-4.5 kg)
  • An average adult mini schnauzer weighs 14-22 lb (6-10 kg)


  • Typical adult female mini schnauzer weighs 14 to 20 pounds (6 to 9 kilograms)
  • Typical adult male mini schnauzer weighs 17 to 22 pounds (7 to 10 kilograms)

Is mini schnauzer a small or medium dog?

The miniature schnauzer is a small breed dog. Even though it is small, please don’t mistake it for a toy dog breed.

What’s mini schnauzer’s height?

  • The average male mini schnauzer’s height is 14 inches (35.5 cm)
  • The average female mini schnauzer’s height is 13 inches (33 cm)

What age are mini schnauzers fully grown?

Many mini schnauzers will reach their full height at 10-12 months. Most dogs are done growing by a year old.

How long does a mini schnauzer live?

Mini schnauzers on average live 12 -15 years

What is the longest a mini schnauzer lived?

Some mini schnauzers are over 20 years old

Are mini schnauzers hypoallergenic?

Yes, people with allergies to fur often find that this breed doesn’t cause any allergic reactions because mini schnauzers don’t shed much. 

What dog is the cutest?

A mini schnauzer (zwergschnauzer)

How much does pet insurance cost for a mini schnauzer in 2022?

Dog insurance for a one-year-old mini schnauzer costs about $1K per year

5-year-old mini schnauzer insurance cost is about $1400 per year

What colors are miniature schnauzers?

There are 4 common mini schnauzer colors: Black, Salt&Pepper, Black&Silver, and White.

However, only the first three meet the breed standard and are recognized by the American miniature schnauzer club.

How do I know if my mini schnauzer is purebred?

  • Ask the breeder to provide your dog pedigree certified by a recognized kennel association since the association should verify a pedigree for the prior three generations
  • DNA testing
  • Get a comprehensive check-up by a highly trained veterinarian 

What human foods are safe for mini schnauzers?

Mini schnauzers can eat proteins such as chicken, turkey, beef, fish, pork, shrimps, eggs, cheese, yogurt

Mini schnauzers can eat vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, asparagus, cucumber, green beans, green peas

Mini schnauzers can eat fruits in moderation, such as bananas, apples, oranges, pineapple, watermelon, blueberries, mango, raspberries, 

Mini schnauzer can also eat other foods such as mushrooms, rice, corn, quinoa, oatmeal


*All fruits must be cleaned from seeds since they can cause intestinal blockage
**Some dogs have lactose intolerance and should avoid many products 
***If your dog has any allergies, please first consult with the veterinarian on what the dog can eat

These foods are safe for mini schnauzers only in very small amounts:

  • Bacon – dogs can eat bacon but only in moderation. Because of the high-fat content, some dogs can develop pancreatitis which can be life-threatening 
  • Persimmons – contains laxatives and may cause upset stomach
  • Broccoli – the florets contain isothiocyanates, which can cause gastric irritation in dogs
  • Peaches (the peach pit must be removed) – can cause cyanide poisoning that leads to excessive drooling, dilated pupils, erratic behavior, and diarrhea
  • Lemon – can cause digestive problems
  • Bread – plain bread with no added ingredients is ok for dogs in moderation but it doesn’t offer any nutritional value
  • Popcorn – plain popcorn is ok for dogs in small amounts but it might get stuck in dogs’ teeth and pose a choking hazard
  • Noodles – plain pasta after it’s cooked is ok for dogs. However it’s is a refined product with no nutrients. Instant ramen-style pasta is bad for dogs since it contains too much salt
  • Dairy – dogs don’t have enough enzymes to break down milk sugars and because of that they cannot digest dairy products well. Many dogs are lactose intolerant like humans and should avoid dairy completely
    • 3.5 ounces (or 100ml) of milk-based product can cause harm to a 10 pound small dog

What foods are dangerous for a small dog and should be avoided?

  • Raw egg – dangerous for dogs. It’s a common source of Salmonella, a life-threatening infection
  • Avocados – contain fungicidal toxins that lead to serious health problems in dogs and can even cause death
  • Garlic and Onion – contain thiosulfate, which is toxic to dogs and can result in hemolytic anemia
  • Plums – contain hydrogen cyanide, which is extremely toxic to dogs and causes gastric and respiratory problems
  • Nuts – many nuts contain toxic molds that can cause neurological issues, inflammation, digestive problems, and tumors. For a small-breed dog like a mini schnauzer, whole nuts can obstruct their intestines
  • Chocolate – contains an ingredient called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Depending on chocolate type, it can take only 0.3 ounces of chocolate per pound of body weight (18 grams per 1 kg of body weight) to kill a dog. It means that
    • 4.2 ounces of chocolate might kill a 14-pound adult mini schnauzer
    • 6 ounces of chocolate can potentially kill a 20-pound small dog
  • Grapes and raisins – highly toxic to dogs. Even 1 grape can kill some dogs
  • Coffee – caffeine contains toxic chemicals and can be fatal to dogs
  • Bread Dough – highly toxic for dogs because it releases high levels of ethanol
  • Anything sugary – can be toxic. Sugar is linked to dog obesity, diabetes, dental problems and numerous other issues


Hi, I'm Anna! I'm a big mini schnauzer fan. I've had dogs all my life and enjoy writing about dogs. I currently live in the best place on Earth - San Francisco Bay Area =)