Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Miniature Schnauzer puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Miniature Schnauzer

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Miniature Schnauzer the right breed for you?

Miniature Schnauzers: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Miniature Schnauzer Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Miniature Schnauzer?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No dogs of the same sex in the household
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Miniature Schnauzer stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle, tracking, flyball); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate
  • Trimming/clipping – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Miniature Schnauzers are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Miniature Schnauzer to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior or aggression
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Miniature Schnauzer, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Miniature Schnauzer?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Miniature Schnauzer be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Miniature Schnauzer?

Miniature Schnauzers are very common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Miniature Schnauzers rank 17th. It's very easy to find this breed.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Miniature Schnauzers are frequently available from Dog Rescue groups. Mini Schnauzers may be turned over to Rescue because they need too much grooming. Owners may give up their Miniature Schnauzer when the dog is too active for them, or perhaps there are dominance issues, or aggression toward other dogs. You would need to provide these dogs with the exercise, training, and socialization that they are lacking.

Other Miniature Schnauzers are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Miniature Schnauzers can sometimes be found here, although Schnauzer Rescue groups do try to move Miniature Schnauzers out of shelters and into their rescue network.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Miniature Schnauzer from a show breeder, who breeds Miniature Schnauzers to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Miniature Schnauzer from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Miniature Schnauzer puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Miniature Schnauzer ends up with eye diseases that lead to blindness.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Miniature Schnauzers are frequently found in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Miniature Schnauzer Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Miniature Schnauzer puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Miniature Schnauzer puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.