Cairn Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer

Compare the Cairn Terrier to the Miniature Schnauzer. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Cairn 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 Cairn Terrier is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Cairn Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Cairn Terrier is easy to groom while the Miniature Schnauzer has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Cairn Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Cairn Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer
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Breed NameCairn TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan14-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height9-10 in.12-14 in.
Weight10-14 lb11-20 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)Germany
Origin Year1900 AD1888 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 80°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed18 mph17 mph
StrengthLowLow-Medium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumHigh
SheddingNone-LowLow
DanderNone-LowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone-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 NameCairn TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameCairn TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
Lifespan
Lifespan14-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesYes
Craniomandibular OsteopathyYesNo
CryptorchidismYesNo
GlaucomaYesNo
Globoid Cell LeukodystrophyYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Microvascular DysplasiaYesNo
Mycobacterium Avium InfectionNoYes
Portosystemic Vascular AnomalyYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCairn TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Wire CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black BrindleYesNo
BrindleYesNo
CreamYesNo
Cream BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red WheatenYesNo
SilverYesNo
Silver BrindleYesNo
Silver WheatenYesNo
WheatenYesNo
Wheaten BrindleYesNo
Black & SilverNoYes
Salt & PepperNoYes