Picking the Right Miniature Schnauzer Puppy

One of the hardest parts of buying a puppy is picking the perfect one. Some people ask us for the runt, the fighter, the snuggler, the biggest, the crybaby, the most playful, etc, etc. Really, the choice depends on YOU as an individual. What are your personality preferences? Do you have an active lifestyle? Do you have children? In the article below, simply find the statement(s) that you identify with the most, and read the recommendations.

Female Miniature Schnauzer puppy- Midnight Schnauzers - Arkansas

I want a smaller dog that’s easy to pick up.

 If your body isn’t working quite like it used to or you just like the idea of a smaller dog, I recommend a female. Our girls usually grow up to be 12-16 pounds while the males will be around 16-20 pounds.The picture to the right shows the size difference between male and female littermates. Of course sizing varies and we can always direct you to a larger female or smaller male, depending on your preference.

I plan to get involved in competition obedience, agility, rally, etc.

Your choice of puppy for dog sports should depend on the personality, more than the gender. You want an outgoing puppy that is willing to work with you. When you are looking at a litter, try a few quick tests. Call the puppy to you and see if he will come. Then walk away and see if he will follow. Throw out a small toy and see if he will bring it back. Open an umbrella and see if he comes up to investigate. These are part of the Volhard Puppy Aptitude test. If you are adopting a puppy from Midnight Schnauzers, we are happy to help you conduct this test.

I want a puppy that’s easy to house train.

Said everyone in the history of inside dogs. We have heard from many people who have house trained both a male and a female, and they have found the male to be easier. Why? I believe one reason is that male Miniature Schnauzers have greater natural bladder control than females. Another reason is that male Miniature Schnauzers do not have the typical male marking issues we see in other breeds. You will only have an issue if you have 2 or more intact males competing over an intact female in the same household.

All that said, you can still easily housetrain a female Miniature Schnauzer. House training shouldn’t be a deal breaker if you have fallen in love with a female Schnauzer. Just know that it won’t be quite as easy as house training a male.

I want a family dog for my kids.

For a family dog, I always recommend picking the largest, sturdiest built puppy you can. You want a dog that will weigh 20 lb. plus as an adult. The smaller the dog you get, the more likely your kids will try to carry her around like a teddy bear, which carries a high risk of injury to the dog. Even if your kids are great about not picking up your Miniature Schnauzer, there’s always going to be the accidental tripping over the dog. It’s just a part of crazy life with kids! You need a dog with a sturdy build to be able to withstand the occasional push or bump.

For this reason, I recommend male Miniature Schnauzers for families with kids 10 and under. They’re larger and sturdier than the females, and are great “buddy” dogs for kids. In fact, we rarely have a female that will reach 20 lb. as an adult.

You also want a puppy that is more outgoing and energetic. Your puppy should enjoy being in the middle of the action most of the time, instead of hiding behind a chair.

One of my favorite tests is to have the kids come into the puppy area and sit quietly, ignoring the puppies. The puppy that comes over to them by choice and wants to hang out is usually the one to go with.


Picking a puppy is a huge decision that will impact your life for years to come. We hope these tips have simplified the process for you! You can always talk to us here at Midnight Schnauzers for more help matching you with the right puppy for your personality and lifestyle. Give us a call or text at 501-605-2193.

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