The Miniature Schnauzer is a small, sturdily built and robust pooch with identifiable bushy eyebrows, moustaches and whiskers. Weighing 12 to 20 pounds and standing 30 to 36 centimetres at the withers, it displays both an athletic and stylish appearance highlighted by its well-proportioned and broad head. It has a flat forehead, well-muscled cheeks and a medium stop, as well has a powerful muzzle and a black nose with open nostrils. It also has dark, oval-shaped eyes, set-high, V-shaped ears, a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite, and tight lips.
The Mini Schnauzer is covered in a harsh, wiry, short outer coat and a dense, soft undercoat. The hair on its skull, neck, shoulders, and ears look clean, while it is harsh on its legs. The furnishings are thick but do not feel silky to the touch. According to KC standards, the accepted colours for the Mini Schnauzer are black, black & silver, white, and pepper & salt. The Miniature Schnauzer’s medium-length coat requires professional grooming for hand stripping and clipping several times a year to make grooming at home more manageable. Its wiry and harsh coat needs to be brushed at least twice a week to remove tangles. The hair on its face also needs to be cleaned every after feeding.
The Mini Schnauzer’s ears also need to be checked and cleaned regularly to avoid wax build-up. Its nails can be trimmed at the groomer’s during its visits but when you hear clicking sounds on the floor, it needs to be cut at home as overgrowth can be uncomfortable or lead to cracking. Lastly, brush its teeth twice a week to avoid dental problems that small dogs are prone to.