Other names : Miniature Schnauzer, Zwergschnauzer, Medium Schnauzer, Giant Schnauzer, Riesenschnauzer

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Life expectancy

The Schnauzer has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 18 and 20 in
Male Between 18 and 20 in

Adult weight

Female Between 31 and 44 lb
Male Between 31 and 44 lb
Coat colour
Black Blue
Type of coat
Long Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Schnauzer costs between £700 and £940

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More details about the Schnauzer

Schnauzer: Origins and history

Their very ancient origins are common to those of Terriers, born for hunting, who are the ancestors of this dog. Then the selection of the breed was oriented towards the creation of a guard and defence dog. Towards the end of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, a similar dog appeared on numerous places which was represented in the company of horses and stagecoaches. The other two breeds developed from the average breed. The CFI officially recognises the breed in 1955 and three different standards are written for the three varieties: Dwarf, Medium and Giant, although it is mainly their size that distinguishes them.

Schnauzer: Varieties

  • Schnauzer (Medium)
  • Riesenschnauzer (Giant)
  • Zwergschnauzer (Dwarf)

Training a Schnauzer

These dogs are generally easy to educate if their masters are experienced. They may pose some problems to novice masters by being hard and stubborn: they only obey if they respect their master very much.

Education must be early and firm but without any brutality because this dog does not take well any unjustified reprimands.

Only a relationship based on respect and trust between the master and his dog makes it possible to obtain beautiful results with this breed.

Schnauzer: Purchase price

The price of a Schnauzer varies according to his origins, variety (medium, giant or dwarf), age and gender. An average of £940 is asked for a dog registered with KC. Generally, the giant is more expensive than the other two varieties: dwarf Schnauzer and medium Schnauzer.

The average budget to support a dog of this size is between £20 and £50 per month depending on the chosen variety (dwarf, Medium or Giant).

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