Are Miniature Schnauzers Hypoallergenic? Do They Shed a Lot?

Are Miniature Schnauzers hypoallergenic Do they shed a lot

Yes, the miniature schnauzer family breed is hypoallergenic. They are excellent dogs to have if you are someone who must deal with severe allergies. 

Because of their thick and curly fur, they do not shed very much. The miniature schnauzer does not need to be brushed every day.

Are Miniature Schnauzers Dogs Hypoallergenic?

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 dog’s fur. It is very wiry and thick and similar to a high end stuffed animal toy.

Characteristics of a Miniature Schnauzers Dog

Small, loyal, and loves to play outside, the miniature schnauzer is a great companion are people who spend much of their life at home. If someone is attending an online school or they work 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.

Do They Shed a Lot?

Surprisingly, the miniature schnauzer is not a breed of dog that sheds a lot of fur. This is unusual considering they have two coats – and overcoat and an undercoat. Owner’s won’t have to worry about your home’s furniture being covered in fur if you have a miniature Schnauzer as your 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. 

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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 fur. 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 are 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 because 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.
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Hi! I'm Anna and I´m a certified cynologist (KAU, ACW). Handler, blue cross volunteer, owner of Chinese crested kennel "Salvador Dali" and breedless friend called Fenya. "I can't imagine my life without dogs and I totally support the idea #AdoptDontShop".