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The Schnau-Tzu is a small cross breed, the offspring of a Shih Tzu and a Miniature Schnauzer. She has a life span of 10 to 12 years and is a very affectionate mixed dog though she also be moody at times. While she is moderately easy to train this companion dog can take a bit longer when it comes to housebreaking.

The Schnau-Tzu is a great companion but she is small so watch her around young children and other dogs as she can be timid with them. Early socialization and training will really boost her confidence and make things a lot less scarey for her. While she can be quirky and moody it just makes her even more special and she is so loving and devoted you can easily forgive her those moments!

Here is the Schnau-Tzu at a Glance
Average height 5 to 8 inches
Average weight 7 to 15 pounds
Coat type Long, silky, soft or wiry top coat
Hypoallergenic? Can be – Miniature Schnauzer is
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Every couple of days to daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Low to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very Good to Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Bladder Problems, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation, Kidney Problems, Liver Problems, Umbilical Hernia,
Other Health Concerns Allergies, Hip dysplasia, Ear infections, Dental problems, Snuffles, Reverse sneezing
Life Span 10 to 12 years
Average new Puppy Price $150 to $400
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $585
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $630

Where does the Schnau-Tzu come from?

The Schnau-Tzu is one of many different designer dogs that have been bred in the last thirty years or so. They have grown in popularity amongst the public and celebrities though amongst dog enthusiasts there is a divide in opinion. While there are some exceptions most are the offspring of two purebreds and are given a name that puts together part of the parent names. Mixing breeds is nothing new, it is in fact how purebreds are eventually developed but there are unfortunately a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders who have seen the chance to profit from this trend. They do not look after their animals and charge crazy prices. Be careful where you from and do your homework. Also ignore anyone who promises you the Schnau-Tzu will have the best of both parents, there are no guarantees in this kind of breeding so anything is possible. Let us look at the parents briefly to get a better understanding of where this cross comes from.

The Shih-Tzu

The Shih-Tzu is one of the oldest dogs around and comes from either Tibet or China. They were treasured as companion dogs and can be found in paintings and documents across Tibetan and Chinese history. They were referred to as little lion dogs and were docile, intelligent and happy. The first breeding pair to leave China and come to England happened in 1928. In 1969 he was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

The Shih-Tzu today is still very much a companion dog. He wants to spend his time with you, is eager to please and is very affectionate. He will spend as much time as he can in your lap and is a happy little dog when he has lots of attention. He can be lively and likes to play and is friendly too.

The Miniature Schnauzer

In Germany in the mid to late 19th century the Miniature Schnauzer was developed to hunt vermin like rats on farms, and to be guard dogs. They took the Standard Schnauzer and crossed him with smaller dogs like the Miniature Pinscher, Poodle, Affenpinscher and Pomeranian. Though dog breeding in general suffered during the two world wars this dog actually remained popular.

In those times he came in a variety of colors but today he tends to be black and silver. He is outgoing and prefers to be as close to you as possible. He likes to be at the center of family activity and when it is time to relax is likely to lay himself so he is touching you somewhere. He can be feisty and while he is needy he is also easy to train. Watch out for that stubborn side though and he will try to manipulate you sometimes.



The Schnau-Tzu is a loyal and loving dog who is likely to follow you around the house as she prefers to be close to you and does not want to miss anything! She is playful, smart and energetic and loves to have people around and be social. She loves to cuddle too but can be moody sometimes and have a bit of an attitude! She is a great companion and does not like to be left alone for long periods of time. She is eager to please though and loves to be held.

What does the Schnau-Tzu look like

She is a small dog weighing 7 to 15 pounds and standing 5 to 8 inches tall. She has a curled tail, flapping ears, straight fur which can be long and is fine and soft. Common colors are black, brown, gray, white and silver. She often has the appearance of teddy bear.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Schnau-Tzu need to be?

She loves to go for walks and is a fairly active dog for a small thing. She should have between 30 minutes to an hour a day of activity which could include a couple of walks plus some indoor play time. She would also enjoy trips to a dog park if she meets the size regulations that some have. She is small enough to be perfectly happy living in an apartment and does need a yard though of course it is a nice bonus if you do have one.

Does she train quickly?

This is a moderately easy to train dog, she will not need extra attention than most dogs but will also not be a lot quicker. She can be harder to house break though. She is intelligent and eager to please so apart from times when she is being 'special' she will respond well to positive training methods. Use a firm tone to establish yourself as the boss and be consistent. Things like praise, rewards and treats are great motivators and will get far better results than punishment or scolding. Early training and socialization are very important with any dog to get them to be the best they can be.

Living with a Schnau-Tzu

How much grooming is needed?

The Schnau-Tzu can shed anywhere from a low to moderate amount depending on the coat she has. Therefore there may be some cleaning up to do after her where she sheds. Brushing can help reduce this, brush her daily if she has a long coat or sheds more frequently, it gets rid of some of the loose hair and takes care of tangles. Give her a bath as she needs one using a dog shampoo. If she has long hair she may also need regular trimming at a professional groomers. Have her nails clipped too when they get too long. Her teeth should be brushed two to three times a week at least and her ears checked for infection and wiped clean once a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is better with children and other pets than she is with other dogs. With children she is affectionate and playful. She may enjoy sleeping with them even. With other dogs she can be unsure and less confident. Early socialization and training will really help her with this.

General information

She barks rarely and is not always going to be a good watchdog. She tends to save her bark for when she plays or when she is acting out for example if left alone for too long. She should be fed ½ to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food each day split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

There are specific health concerns that she could develop if she inherits them from her parents. They include Eye Problems, Bladder Problems, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation, Kidney Problems, Liver Problems, Umbilical Hernia, Allergies, Hip dysplasia, Ear infections, Dental problems, Snuffles and Reverse sneezing. To make sure your puppy's parents are healthy ask the breeder for health clearances for them. To make sure you have a good breeder who raises the puppies in a good and clean environment visit them before you buy.

Costs involved in owning a Schnau-Tzu

A Schnau-Tzu puppy can cost between $150 to $400. Other costs come to between $360 to $400 for things like a crate, carrier, collar, leash, spaying, chipping, blood tests, deworming and shots. Yearly basic costs for non-medical things like food, grooming, treats, toys, license and training come to between $530 to $630. Annual medical needs like going to the vet for a check up, shots, flea prevention and pet insurance come to between $485 to $585.


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