Miniature Schnauzer vs Schipperke

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

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 Schipperke is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Schipperke is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Schipperke is easy to groom while the Miniature Schnauzer has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Schipperke has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Miniature Schnauzer vs Schipperke
Black and Silver Miniature Schnauzer
Adult Schipperke
Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerSchipperke
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height12-14 in.10-13 in.
Weight11-20 lb11-18 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyBelgium
Origin Year1888 AD1880 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F40°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed17 mph16 mph
StrengthLow-MediumHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighLow-Medium
SheddingLowLow-Medium
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 NameMiniature SchnauzerSchipperke
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageHigh
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerSchipperke
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Mycobacterium Avium InfectionYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerSchipperke
Coat
HairYesYes
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
WoolyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & SilverYesNo
Salt & PepperYesNo
BlueNoYes
BrownNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldNoYes
IvoryNoYes
RedNoYes
WheatenNoYes
WhiteNoYes