According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 10 million Americans suffer from pet allergies.

So knowing this data it makes sense that people are looking for hypoallergenic furry friends. Lots of people think that allergies are related to the amount of shed that dogs lose.

But the truth is that some dogs produce proteins that people are reacting to. And these allergens are in the dog’s saliva, urine, and dander. So it is not important how much the dog shed, what’s important is the breed that produces allergies or not.

So let’s find out the answer to this question.

Are Miniature Schnauzers Dogs Hypoallergenic?

Yes, the miniature schnauzer family breed is hypoallergenic. They are excellent dogs to have if you are someone who must deal with severe allergies even strong ones. Because of their thick and curly fur, they do not shed very much which makes them perfect apartment pets.

However, you should always try to be with one for a few days before deciding to buy one. The mini schnauzer does not need to be brushed every day and that will help you to keep your house clean. They are considered a low shedding breed and don’t need regular grooming.

Yes, the miniature schnauzer is a hypoallergenic dog breed. This is excellent news if you are looking for a friendly dog that is small enough to be comfortable in a tiny apartment. There are two other types of schnauzers breeds, and both of them are also hypoallergenic.

Their fur is a bit different than other dogs’ fur. It is very wiry and thick and similar to a high-end stuffed animal toy. They have funny pepper beards and cute fluffy eyebrows.

All types of schnauzer breeds were bred in Germany and considered as non-shedding and hypoallergenic: giant schnauzer, standard schnauzer, and mini schnauzer. If you are looking for another breed that is not creating health problems for people with allergies you might check as well poodles, Bedlington terriers, Bichon Frise, Coton de Tulear, Yorkshire terriers, or afghan hound.

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Characteristics of a Miniature Schnauzers Dog

Small, loyal, and loves to play outside, the miniature schnauzer puppy is a great companion are people who spend much of their life at home. If someone is attending an online school or working from home, having this dog as a pet means that they will never be lonely. It is recommended that these dogs have a second dog in the home because they will need a friend to play with.

If a miniature schnauzer is kept healthy and gets plenty of exercise throughout its life, it can live up to 15 years and/or beyond. The average weight for a miniature schnauzer is around 15 towns if they are a or female and 16 pounds if they are a male. With a proper diet, they will grow to about 15 inches in height.

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Do They Shed a Lot?

Surprisingly, the miniature schnauzer is not a breed of dog that sheds a lot of furs. This is unusual considering they have two coats – an overcoat and an undercoat. Owners won’t have to worry about their home’s furniture being covered in fur if they have a miniature Schnauzer as their pet. The amount of hair that they shed increases a bit during the Spring and fall months when they are growing and shedding their winter coat. 

Why Are the Miniature Schnauzers Hypoallergenic?

There are two main reasons why the miniature schnauzer is hypoallergenic. These traits are quite common among most hypoallergenic breeds.

The first reason the miniature schnauzer is hypoallergenic is that they do not shed a lot of furs. Fur by itself can trigger a person’s allergies and cause them to have an allergic reaction. But since they do not leave much fur on furniture and on their own dog beds, they have preferred dogs for allergy sufferers. Brushing them regularly also cuts down on any fur they might leave around the house.

The second reason the miniature schnauzer is a hypoallergenic dog is that it does not produce much dander. Pet dander is found in most animals that humans come into contact with. It is a product of an animal’s skin or fur.

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It is dander that causes people to have allergic reactions. There is no way to cut down on the amount of dander and animal produces because it is part of their body. All anyone can do is brush their pet regularly to cut down on fur and to bathe them often, so any excess dander and oils that can cause discomfort to a human are washed away.

Animals that produce too much pet dander are known as non-hypoallergenic animals. Only people who don’t suffer from animal allergies or are allergic to dander may keep them as pets.

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How to Care for a Miniature Schnauzers Fur

A healthy diet that is full of vitamins and minerals will help keep your Miniature Schnauzers fur shiny and healthy. It is best to purchase high-end dog kibbles and canned food, so your dog does not eat any cheap food that has additives and fillers.

Because they do not shed very much, you will not have to brush your dog every day. You can brush them a few times a week or whenever you have time. 

Every four to six months, veterinarians recommend sending them to a professional groomer so they can have their unique fur groomed and trimmed. Trimming their fur will also reduce any shedding.

Since Miniature Schnauzers are usually indoors most of the time, they will not have to bathe often. You can bathe this dog in as little as once every two weeks. Or you can just bath them whenever your allergies start to act up.

How to Care for a Miniature Schnauzers

1. Exercise

Even though this small breed of dog stays most of the time indoors, they still need to be walked and exercised. If they do not have playtime regularly, they will have a lot of excess energy that they need to burn out, which can lead to some of your property being damaged. They will want to jump and play during the late hours in the night when you’re asleep as well.

2. Food 

As stated above, the miniature schnauzer does well with a high-quality diet that is a good mix of meat and vegetables. You can also cook chicken and veggies if you prefer to make your own dog food.

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They enjoy eating small amounts of fruit as well, like a few grapes or a piece of a low sugar apple. They also enjoy small bits of cheese. If you feed them human food, be sure that it does not have a lot of salt.


  • The miniature schnauzer is one of the three types of schnauzers, and they are all hypoallergenic.
  • The miniature schnauzer has unique fur that is more on the fuzzy and wiry side.
  • They do not have to be brushed every day, and they can be bathed once every two weeks
  • Miniature Schnauzers are great companions for people who work or study at home all day long
  • A high-quality diet but has plenty of vegetables will keep your dog happy, energetic, and their fur will be shiny.
  • They can live to be 15 human years old and can grow up to 14 in tall.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do Miniature Schnauzers Moult?

Miniature Schnauzers do not shed much, so they are suitable for people who suffer from allergies. Apart from regular bathing, they don’t need much grooming except brushing their beards. This breed is good for an apartment and you can be sure that your sofa is not covered with ha

Do Schnauzers stink?

Any type of schnauzer does not stink so you will not need to worry about the smell in your apartment or car. As any other dog they sweat and roll in grass but nothing more is needed but regular bathing to keep them fresh and good smelling.

How often should Schnauzers be bathed?

We recommend bathing your Schnauzer once every 6-8 weeks to keep them clean and healthy. Buy a suitable shampoo in a pet store to make the care more effective. Regular nail trimming and ear cleaning would be good to keep them in good hygiene.

Do Schnauzers like to swim?

Schnauzers are not labradors and they don’t have a big passion for water. Like any other dog, they might like to have a swim on a sunny summer day but they are not famous to swim a lot or being good at it.

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