Basenji vs Miniature Schnauzer

Compare the Basenji to the Miniature Schnauzer. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Basenjis and Miniature Schnauzers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Basenji is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Basenji is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Basenji is easy to groom while the Miniature Schnauzer has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Miniature Schnauzer has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Basenji has a low tendency to bark.
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Basenji vs Miniature Schnauzer
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Breed NameBasenjiMiniature Schnauzer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height16-18 in.12-14 in.
Weight20-24 lb11-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryCongoGermany
Origin Year2 BC1888 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 85°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed26 mph17 mph
StrengthMediumLow-Medium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiMiniature Schnauzer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiMiniature Schnauzer
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsNoYes
Mycobacterium Avium InfectionNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiMiniature Schnauzer
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
Blue, Cream & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
Mahogany & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & SilverNoYes
Salt & PepperNoYes