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10 Beautiful Miniature Schnauzer Colors (With Pictures)

Written by: Codee Chessher

Last Updated on May 20, 2024 by Dogster Team

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10 Beautiful Miniature Schnauzer Colors (With Pictures)

Miniature Schnauzers are bright, trainable, and agreeable dogs that get along great in nearly any household. Better yet, they come in a ton of colors! While only three are officially recognized by the AKC, you can get a Miniature Schnauzer of your very own in lots of gorgeous colors. Check out the different coats below and choose your favorite today.


The 10 Miniature Schnauzer Colors

1. Solid Black

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Black Miniature Schnauzers are fairly common and one of the three AKC-recognized colors. These Schnauzers are born with an all-black coat that may stay black as the dog ages or develop white patches on the chest, chin, or toes.

2. Salt & Pepper

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One of the most famous and strikingly handsome colors, salt & pepper Miniature Schnauzers can vary from light gray to dark gray. What’s unique about their coat is that their fur is banded, meaning it changes color along the length of the hairs. Fur may be alternating shades of gray, black, and white to produce a huge number of possible unique coats.

3. Black & Silver

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The last of the AKC-recognized Miniature Schnauzer colors, black & silver is the gentleman Schnauzer coloring. They have a black body with various gray-silver accents along their feet, mustaches, ears, eyebrows, and legs. The precise shade of gray can range from light platinum to a darker, almost charcoal gray.

4. White

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White Miniature Schnauzers have uniquely gray skin underneath their sleek, shiny white coat, but they are not albinos. White Schnauzers don’t typically develop any markings in other colors, nor does the color’s sheen fade over time as some other light coats do. White was once considered a defective color in the Schnauzer bloodline.

5. Blue

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Blue Miniature Schnauzers carry the recessive merle gene that gives the famous color its name. These dogs have distinctive, diluted black patches with bluish undertones along with white in the coat. Interestingly, the merle gene can be carried by Miniature Schnauzers of other colors and express itself in merle-colored patches on their bodies.

6. Liver Pepper

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Liver pepper is a Miniature Schnauzer color with a unique banded look like salt and pepper. Instead of gray banded hairs, though, the liver pepper color makes the hairs light and dark brown. Colors range from a light golden brown to a darker chocolate. Virtually all liver pepper Miniature Schnauzers have liver brown pads, noses, and eyelids.

7. Wheaten

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This golden fur shade actually comes from the Wheaten Terrier, and any Schnauzers with the wheaten coloring are technically mixed breeds. However, the coloring is gorgeous and variable—it can range from a light cornstalk yellow to a deeper Scotsman red. The coat is luxuriously soft and can even resemble a plain white Miniature Schnauzer if the color is fair enough.

8. Rust

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Also called black & rust, these Miniature Schnauzers sport an all-black body with rusty orange-red accents on their eyebrows, mustache, feet, legs, and under the tail. Depending on the dog, the rust coloring can be a subtle dark golden brown or a more showy orange or red.

9. Particolor

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Particolor is a flowery word that simply means bicolored. A particolored Miniature Schnauzer may have coats with black, white, liver, lilac, silver, or any of the Miniature Schnauzer colors. Particolored Miniature Schnauzers may also have interesting little patches of color on their body, but not all may display such markings.

10. Ticked Particolor

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Ticked particolor is a fancy way to say a bicolored Miniature Schnauzer that has little “ticks” or evenly spaced spots of color on the fur. This coloring is kind of exclusive because in Miniature Schnauzers, ticking is only black or salt & pepper. This is one of the rarest of all colorings in the breed, thanks to a particular gene that causes the ticked look.



The Miniature Schnauzer comes in a multitude of attractive, eye-catching colors to choose from, whether you want the classic salt & pepper or maybe something more exotic, like a ticked particolor coat. No matter your preference, you’re sure to find a color in the breed to fall in love with.

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