Boston Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer

Compare the Boston Terrier to the Miniature Schnauzer. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Boston Terriers 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 Boston Terrier is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Boston Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Boston Terrier is easy to groom while the Miniature Schnauzer has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Boston Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer are above average barkers.
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Boston Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer
Boston Terrier Dog Breed
Black and Silver Miniature Schnauzer
Breed NameBoston TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height13-15 in.12-14 in.
Weight10-25 lb11-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesGermany
Origin Year1870 AD1888 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed15 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 NameBoston TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoston TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
Lifespan
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Brain TumorsYesNo
CataractsYesYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
MegaesophagusYesNo
Mycobacterium Avium InfectionNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Reverse SneezingYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoston TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Brindle, & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Seal Brindle & WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & SilverNoYes
Salt & PepperNoYes