Here at Akuna we love the enthusiastic and energetic personality of the Mini Schnauzer. They are always good for a laugh and are not afraid to jump up on your lap for a cuddle. The only problem Mini Schnauzers have while holidaying at Akuna is which tennis ball to chase first in our huge grassed play yards! It’s truly amazing how much personality gets packed into such a little dog! Alert & spirited, friendly, intelligent & always willing to please are just a few reasons we love Mini Schnauzer’s.

Read on to see how Akuna Pet Resort takes care of holidaying Mini Schnautzer guests, including their special “breed needs”.

  • Nicknames Dwarf Schnauzer
  • Lifespan 12 to 14 years
  • Country of Origin Germany
  • Weight Male 5 to 8kg (11 to 18lb)
  • Weight Female 4.5 to 6.5kg (10 to 15lb)
  • Height Male 30 to 36cm (12 to 14in)
  • Height Female 30 to 36cm (12 to 14in)
  • Coat Short double coat with soft under and wiry outer
  • Litter Size 3 to 8
  • Colour Black, salt and pepper, black and silver and white

Famous people who own Miniature Schnauzers past & present

Cesar Millan – Angel

Katherine Heigl – Romeo

Janet Jackson – Madison

Avril Lavigne – Sam

Errol Flynn – Arno

Websites with fun information & stories & Organisations that help Miniature Schnauzers

Fun Facts

The Miniature Schnauzer has been in the Top 20 Most Popular breed registered with the American Kennel Club for the past 10 years and is currently sitting at 17th

In Germany, he’s known as the Zwergschnauzer (zwerg means “dwarf”)

Miniature Schnauzers have long facial whiskers and on both males and females, their fur grows into a “beard” around the mouth

The word Schnauzer is derived from the German word “Schnauze” which means “muzzle”

Because the Miniature Schnauzer was originally bred for hunting vermin they do not suit households with small animals as they have a strong desire to chase

The Schnauzers favourite game to play is fetch, as they have an inbuilt switch that turns on when they have the chance to chase anything!

The Mini Schnauzer is great for people with allergies as they do not shed much hair compared to other breeds

They may be known as Zwergschnauzer in Germany but here at Akuna we know that the only thing small about the Mini Schnauzer is their size! Everything else like their personality, the love that they give and the energy they have is huge!

There is little on record about the Miniature Schnauzer before the 19th century however Standard Schnauzers have said to have been around since the 15th century and are of German origin. The Miniature Schnauzer comes from a mixture of Affenpinschers, Poodles and Standard Schnauzers.

The Miniature Schnauzer was bred to be a smaller, more cost effective version of the well-known Standard Schnauzer for ratting, herding and guarding property. The first recording of the breed was in a German stud book in 1988 and 10 years later the Mini Schnauzer started appearing in dog shows.

From 1899 onwards the Miniature Schnauzer’s popularity grew & grew. Even today the breed ranks 17th most popular out of 177 breeds worldwide.

Though Mini Schnauzers haven’t been around for all that long, everyone knows what they look like with their distinctive ‘beard’ & gorgeous long eyelashes’! At Akuna we think their ‘beard’ suits their personality fabulously and can’t get over how handsome or pretty they are!


The Miniature Schnauzer are exhibitionists, they are full of life and full of energy! They are loving, obedient and laid back. They are excellent with other dogs, children and love to be around people in general (or on top of you as they are quite affectionate!)

They make excellent watch dogs as they will let you know when someone is around, but are by no means aggressive in any way. Also if you have a Mini Schnauzer around you certainly won’t have any vermin problems!

Like all dogs they need early socialisation to ensure you have a happy, friendly versatile member of the family.

With the Mini Schnauzer being full of energy and quite a people pleaser, Akuna is the place to be! We have the most fun and exhausting Pet Resort ever with bush walks, swims in our Water Fun Park & big grass yards for playtimes.Add in huge baskets of every toy imaginable plus tonnes of cuddles and belly rubs and you’ve got the ultimate holiday for a Schnauzer!


Mini Schnauzers are highly intelligent and quick learners, which make training easy but you must start this very early on as a puppy or you will have trouble later on teaching them that you’re the boss!

They can also be quite stubborn at times, which will keep you on your toes! Your Mini Schnauzer will do anything for food, so make sure you have a bag of treats and lots of positive words for when he/she does the right thing. Your Mini Schnauzer may prefer the reward of a fun toy so keep a squeaky one in your pocket for just this purpose.

They are great at performing tricks so if you ever get bored, try teaching your Mini Schnauzer some new things!

At Akuna Pets we don’t offer specific training programs but we do understand how important dog manners are and as such follow basic rules of training such as making dogs sit before their dinner and for treats, making sure we go through gates and doors first. We also deter jumping and biting by saying no firmly and rewarding good behaviour with liver treats.

Behavioural issues

Miniature Schnauzers still have their puppy behaviour until about 1 ½ to 2 years old. It is important to socialise them very well at a young age so that you don’t have any behaviour problems later in life. If not given enough training and socialisation as a puppy, the Mini Schnauzer can develop behavioural issues such as Separation Anxiety, jumping, barking, aggression and nervousness.

Mini Schnauzers can be territorial of property so make sure to teach from a young age that you as the human head of the family own all the toys and treats (but are willing to share.)

Mini Schnauzers, like all dogs can develop destructive behaviours if they do not have enough to occupy their time during the day. So make sure your Mini Schnauzer always has an equal balance of physical and mental stimulation to keep those nasty bad habits away!

Some breeds can definitely be destructive with toys and bedding etc. if they don’t have enough physical and mental stimulation included in their day. Here at Akuna Pets we don’t get much of that destructive behaviour due to the fact that our guests have enough activity time during their day and have plenty of space in their hotel room where they can say hello to their dog neighbours anytime! We also offer a variety of treats to keep your Mini Schnauzer occupied between activity times. Treats like Peanut Butter Kong’s and Pigs Ears are among some of the favourites!

So the good news is that behavioural problems due to pent up energy levels or lack of stimulus or company is not going to be a problem for your Mini Schnauzer when it comes to a holiday at Akuna.

Energy Level

Miniature Schnauzers are very playful with a medium to high energy level. They need to have at least one 30min walk per day and a backyard to run around in.

Because they have been bred to hunt they will occupy themselves in the backyard for hours chasing smells, buterflys & lizards! This however does not mean that you can expect them to entertain themselves all day as this can lead to destructive behaviour and barking.

These little guys can be prone to weight gain to so it’s important they maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to prevent this particularly as they get older.

Bush walks, tug-of-war and fetch in our play yards, swims in our Water Fun Park or just loving cuddles and belly rubs are some of the many ways we like to entertain and expend energy here at Akuna! In addition your dog has its own grass yard that they have access to from 7am to 7pm every day so they can run up and down the fence with their new nieghbors.

So whether it is for energy busting or loving company, your Mini Schnauzers activity needs are well catered for at Akuna Pet Resort.

Health issues

Mini Schnauzers are a hardy and healthy breed generally, but do have some health conditions to keep an eye out for.

Pancreatitis is one condition that seems to affect them commonly. This is a sensitivity of the Pancreas usually caused by food that is high in fat. It is advised that you feed a Vet recommended brand of dog food with a low fat content to lower the chances of them developing this condition.

Skin disorders are also common amongst Mini Schnauzers. They seem to be prone to Allergic Dermatitis and Comedone Syndrome (also called Schnauzer Bumps), but don’t worry as both of these can be easily treated by your Vet.

There are also a number of Eye problems the Mini Schnauzer is genetically prone to including Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Entropion. Unfortunately none of these conditions can be cured, but fortunately the symptoms can be treated.

At Akuna Pets we do daily health checks so as to quickly pick up on any health issues that might arise such as a skin rash, as we know the sooner a health problem is treated the faster it will heal.

Diet wise we feed a vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” but if your dog requires their own specific food due to a previous bout of pancreatitis we are happy to feed your food instead of ours. We can also assure you that your furry one won’t have access to any food they are not allowed.

We use a fantastic local vet practise called “Cessnock Vet” They specialise in many areas of canine health care so if vet care is required for your Mini Schnauzer whilst they are holidaying with us you can be sure he or she will be in the very best of hands & receive the best care available!

Weight Issues

Though Mini Schnauzers usually don’t have issues maintaining their weight, they can be a little greedy when it comes to tasty treats. So be careful as this behaviour can lead to putting on a little more weight than is needed. Still it’s nothing a good diet and a bit of extra exercise can’t sort out. Just be strong when they give you the big eyed “Please just one more” stare!

And try doing some fun exercise activities like agility, flyball & tracking. That way you can get fit and have fun with your furry one at the same time.

While Mini Schnauzers aren’t known for being overweight, we all know that those hard to resist faces can sometimes win a few extra treats. At Akuna we have a system that ensures your Mini Schnauzer will come home the same weight as they came in.

Firstly, we feed a premium graded vet recommended dry food called “Royal Canin” (which our guests love!). We match the amount we feed to your pet’s age, breed & weight. We weigh your pet upon arrival to establish how much they should be fed and then weigh weekly throughout their holiday stay to make sure a healthy weight is maintained.

In addition we keep records on how much food your pet is eating and what if any is left on a daily basis. So if your pet is gaining or losing weight we know whether to increase or decrease their portion of food.


Mini Schnauzers that strut their stuff in a show ring require a lot of time on grooming however a Mini Schnauzer as a family pet is quite manageable.

They only require their coat clipped every 8 weeks or so and a daily brush to avoid matting and knots. Regular trimming around the eyes is needed to ensure they don’t get any eye problems from their prominent eyebrows! And finally make sure to keep their beautiful beads knot free with regular brushing and combing.

Make brushing a fun & loving time between you and you little furry one.

Although Mini’s don’t need too much grooming, you can still request as many brushings as you like to give your little one some extra one to one attention.

While we don’t do clipping on-site we can organise to have your mini Schnauzer clipped by our local Groomer! They do a fantastic job!