Schnauzer Breed Information

Schnauzers are a member of the ‘Utility’ breed group. Dogs in the Utility group were essentially bred for a specific purpose and so contain a variety of breeds. The function they have been bred for is not included in the sporting and working categories.

Schnauzers are gentle, patient dogs that will get on well with children if they’re introduced at an early age. Grooming is needed 2-3 times a week, and they’ll normally also require clipping or stripping by a professional groomer periodically.

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Schnauzers are prone to include:

  • Schnauzer comedo syndrome - specific type of follicular dermatitis
  • Hip dysplasia – hip joint laxity as a result of poor development, which will eventually lead to arthritis.

Exercise requirements:

Schnauzers are playful and inquisitive dogs that need around an hour of exercise daily to keep them happy. They can be stubborn so will need patience and commitment when training – for more information on training using reward-based techniques, take a look at our dog behaviour page where you can pick up plenty of tips to help you and your canine companion better understand each other.

Estimated lifetime cost:

The likely lifetime costs for a Schnauzer are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:

The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Schnauzer with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Schnauzers that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

*Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.

By insuring your Schnauzer with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

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Average lifespan 12-14 years
Size Medium
Coat length Medium
Possible health problems Schnauzer comedo syndrome (a type of follicular dermatitis), Hip dysplasia
Average price £300-£500
Estimated cost over lifetime £23,300-£27,000
Average weight Male: 18kg-20kg. Female: 16kg-18kg
Breed group Utility
Minimum garden size Medium

Not sure if the Schnauzer is the right pet for you?