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How Much Do Miniature Schnauzers Shed? Coat Types, Tips & FAQ

Written by: Patricia Dickson

Last Updated on April 25, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How Much Do Miniature Schnauzers Shed? Coat Types, Tips & FAQ

If you’re searching for a dog to give a forever home, you might be considering the Miniature Schnauzer. These adorable dogs weigh between 10 and 20 pounds and grow 12 to 14 inches tall.

One of the biggest questions on many potential pet owners’ minds, especially if you’re scared that you’re allergic to pet dander, is whether the Miniature Schnauzer sheds a lot. The answer is no; the Miniature Schnauzer doesn’t shed much. In fact, they barely shed at all. However, it is essential to note that they require a lot of grooming to ensure they are neat and clean, so it is a tradeoff.

If you’re considering adopting one of these loving, loyal pets, you need to know everything you can about how much they shed, how you can care for them, and more. Below, we’ll cover everything we know about Miniature Schnauzers and their shedding.

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Are Miniature Schnauzers Hypoallergenic?

While Miniature Schnauzers are considered hypoallergenic due to their low shedding and wiry coat, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic.  It’s not the fur that causes a human to be allergic to dogs; it’s the pet dander, which is also present in the dog’s saliva and skin. This means a person allergic to pet dander might also have an attack around a hypoallergenic dog.

However, since the Miniature Schnauzer sheds very little, there’s less chance of the dog transferring fur to your clothes, furniture, and other places around your home, which lessens the chance of having an allergy attack. Also, dogs that shed very little and have the textured wiry coat of the Miniature Schnauzer release fewer allergens into the air, which makes them better for allergy-sensitive people than other breeds.

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Are Miniature Schnauzers Difficult to Groom?

While the Miniature Schnauzer is a low-shedding breed, that doesn’t mean that your pet doesn’t need to be groomed frequently. You should expect to trim your Miniature Schnauzer’s fur every 6 weeks to keep it coat tangle-free and from developing mats.

Their fur grows long, reaching 4 to 6 inches. When this happens, it’s time to trim your dog’s fur to keep it from becoming painfully tangled and matted. The trimming can be done with clippers, a stripping knife, or by hand, depending on whether your dog is entered in shows.

Grooming your Miniature Schnauzer regularly for the dog’s health and happiness is extremely important. If you can’t keep up with the grooming needs of this pet, it’s best to take the dog to a professional groomer every 6 weeks instead.

What Type of Coat Does a Miniature Schnauzer Have?

The Miniature Schnauzer has a wiry double-coated coat that grows to be medium-length. It has a downy, soft undercoat that helps protect the dog in cold temperatures. Their coat comes in three color combinations:

  • Black and silver
  • Black
  • Salt and pepper (with grey and black bands)
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Are Miniature Schnauzers Considered to Be High Maintenance?

Whether Miniature Schnauzers are high maintenance can be answered with a yes and a no. The dog doesn’t shed much, so cleaning up after them is pretty easy. However, the breed also needs frequent and consistent grooming, and that is a bit harder for many pet owners.

You’ll also need to clip the fur of your Miniature Schnauzer around their face so that the fur doesn’t mat, but it can be done by a professional groomer if needed. In other words, if you own a Miniature Schnauzer, you should be prepared for constant grooming to prevent matting and tangling that could be painful for your furry friend.

Tips for Grooming Your Miniature Schnauzer to Keep Them Healthy

While they don’t shed much, grooming the Miniature Schnauzer can be a bit of a nightmare. In the next section, we’ll give you a few tips for grooming your dog.

1. Keep the Right Tools on Hand

It’s best to use a slicker brush to remove the tangles and mats from your Miniature Schnauzer’s fur before you try to give them a bath. The slicker brush works better for longer hair and tangles, but you can also use a bristle brush every two or three days if your dog seems to prefer it. The bristle brush removes minor tangles and helps move the natural oils through the fur onto the skin so your dog’s coat stays healthy and shiny.

female hands brushing miniature schnauzer dog with a slicker brush
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2. Give Your Miniature Schnauzer Regular Baths

Since your Miniature Schnauzer needs to be groomed every six weeks, it is also the perfect time to give them a bath. Just ensure you don’t give your pet too many baths since it removes the oils from their skin and will make it flaky, dry, and itchy.

Never use shampoos or conditioners for humans, stripping agents, or dishwashing detergent to bathe your dog. Instead, stick to shampoo and conditioner that is designed for dogs. Products for humans are too acidic and will irritate a dog’s skin if used frequently.

3. Consult Your Vet When It Comes to Ear Plucking

Many pet parents don’t realize that their Miniature Schnauzer needs their ears plucked due to the rapidly growing fur there. This practice is called ear plucking and is done for Miniature Schnauzers, Shih Tzus, and Poodles, to name a few.

However, too much ear plucking can lead to problems. Recent studies have found that ear-plucking can lead to trauma and microtears in the dog’s ear canal, so it’s not recommended for dogs with ears that are healthy. The best thing to do when it comes to ear-plucking for your Miniature Schnauzer is to talk to your vet. Your vet can tell you if your dog needs their ears plucked before you go to the groomer. Not all groomers know that science considers this practice only to be done when necessary.

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How Do You Know If You’re Grooming Your Miniature Schnauzer Too Much?

Determining if you’re grooming your dog too little or too much can be hard. If you groom the dog too little, you risk the fur becoming a painful mass of tangles and mats. If you groom them too much, you risk dry, flaky skin. Generally, Miniature Schnauzers need to be brushed daily and only trimmed and bathed every 6 weeks.

Even slicker brushes can cause trauma to your dog’s skin if they aren’t used properly or used too often. If you feel that you’re not properly caring for your pet’s grooming needs, it’s best to consult a professional groomer who can advise and groom the dog for you. Also, if you feel you’ve messed up your dog’s skin or fur with too much grooming, consult your vet for a remedy.

combing the fur of a miniature schnauzer puppy with a brush
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Is a Miniature Schnauzer Right for Me?

If you have allergies to pet dander and are looking for a low-shedding dog that is considered hypoallergenic, the Miniature Schnauzer could be a good choice for you. However, it’s probably best for another family member to brush your dog until you determine if your new pet bothers your allergies. Miniature Schnauzers are remarkably friendly and playful and make excellent pets, and if you have the time to maintain their coats and provide plenty of attention, check the local shelters or research reputable breeders in your area.


Miniature Schnauzers make excellent pets, not only because they are friendly and adorable but because they shed very little. However, they require intensive grooming to keep their hair healthy and shiny. Daily brushing and establishing a grooming schedule with a professional groomer can keep the Miniature Schnauzer’s fur in check. If you adopt one of these adorable pets, you’ll get a loyal, loving companion in return.

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