The Miniature Schnauzer breed is a small, sturdily built, and robust dog with identifiable bushy eyebrows, moustaches, and whiskers.
Adult male Miniature Schnauzers weigh around 5–8 kilos (11–18 pounds). On the other hand, adult female Miniature Schnauzers weigh around 4–6 kilos (10–15 pounds).
Ideally, the height of male Miniature Schnauzers is 35 centimetres (14 inches), whilst female Miniature Schnauzers must be 33 centimetres (13 inches). Too-small Miniature Schnauzers are considered undesirable.
The Miniature Schnauzer dog breed displays both an athletic and stylish appearance highlighted by his well-proportioned and broad head.
This small dog has a flat forehead, well-muscled cheeks, a medium stop, as well as a powerful muzzle and a black nose with open nostrils.
Miniature Schnauzers also have dark, oval-shaped eyes and V-shaped ears that are set high. They have a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite and tight lips.
The Miniature Schnauzer breed is covered in a harsh, wiry, short outer coat and a dense, soft undercoat. The hair on his skull, neck, shoulders, and ears looks clean, whilst it is harsh on his legs. The furnishings are thick but do not feel silky to the touch.
According to KC breed standards, the accepted colours are solid black, black & silver, pepper & salt, and white coats.
Note that the White Miniature Schnauzer is not accepted for conformation under the American Kennel Club. However, he can be shown in performance events.
The medium-length coat of this small dog requires professional grooming for hand-stripping and clipping several times a year to make grooming at home more manageable.
The wiry and harsh double coats of Miniature Schnauzers need to be brushed at least twice a week to remove tangles. The hair on their face also needs to be cleaned every after feeding.
The Miniature Schnauzer breed’s ears also need to be checked and cleaned regularly to avoid wax build-up.
His nails can be trimmed by a professional groomer during your occasional visits. However, when you hear clicking sounds on the floor, they need to be cut at home as overgrowth can be uncomfortable or can lead to cracking.
Lastly, brush the Miniature Schnauzer’s teeth twice a week to avoid dental problems that small dogs are prone to.