Miniature Schnauzer vs Lagotto Romagnolo

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

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 Lagotto Romagnolo is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Miniature Schnauzer and Lagotto Romagnolo are child friendly.
  • Grooming - The Miniature Schnauzer requires moderate grooming, but the Lagotto Romagnolo has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Miniature Schnauzer and Lagotto Romagnolo are above average barkers.
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Miniature Schnauzer vs Lagotto Romagnolo
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Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerLagotto Romagnolo
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-14 yrs.15-17 yrs.
Height12-14 in.16-19 in.
Weight11-20 lb24-35 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyItaly
Origin Year1888 AD1400 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodGood
Kid FriendlyGoodGood
Pet FriendlyGoodGood
Stranger FriendlyGoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F25°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed17 mph18 mph
StrengthLow-MediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
SheddingLowNone
DanderLowNone
Drool AmountNone-LowNone

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 NameMiniature SchnauzerLagotto Romagnolo
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerLagotto Romagnolo
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.15-17 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Juvenile CataractsNoYes
Mycobacterium Avium InfectionYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerLagotto Romagnolo
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Curly CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Salt & PepperYesNo
BrownNoYes
Brown RoanNoYes
Off-whiteNoYes
OrangeNoYes
White & BrownNoYes