Irish Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Miniature Schnauzer and the Irish Terrier are good for new owners, but the Miniature Schnauzer is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Irish Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Irish Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer require moderate grooming.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Irish Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Irish Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer
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Breed NameIrish TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicMaybeYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height16-18 in.12-14 in.
Weight21-27 lb11-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryIrelandGermany
Origin Year1875 AD1888 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyPoorGood
Stranger FriendlyGoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 70°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed22 mph17 mph
StrengthHighLow-Medium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumHigh
SheddingNone-LowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNone-LowNone-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 NameIrish TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingHighBelow Average
ChasingHighHigh
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsNoYes
Mycobacterium Avium InfectionNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierMiniature Schnauzer
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Wire CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
RedYesNo
Red WheatenYesNo
WheatenYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & SilverNoYes
Salt & PepperNoYes