White Miniature Schnauzers

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My jaw dropped.

Recently, as I was slip-sliding and dodging spectators in one of the vast halls of the World Show in Paris, I couldn’t help myself. I skidded to a stop and stared. The ring was full of Miniature Schnauzers but…..

They were WHITE! Whoa! What?

I watched, fascinated. There were at least 100 white Miniature Schnauzers. I took pictures, and later did some research. Many thanks by the way for lots of good information from

Max the Schnauzer.

These are Miniature Schnauzers, just a different color. But because white isn’t accepted by the Miniature Schnauzer Club of America, they can’t be shown at AKC shows. The European registry FCI does accept them, where they are quite popular.

Miniature Schnauzers were developed from the Standards, (who only come in salt and pepper and black). As the diligent breeders wove their genetics, they discovered an oddity – puppies they called “gelb” or yellow. We’re not sure if these were the origins of the white minis, but most, when properly stripped will have a stripe of “yellow” or light cream down their back.

If you are interested in a white Miniature Schnauzer puppy, beware that they are the darling of unscrupulous breeders who are more interested in making money than creating sound and healthy puppies. Be sure that the parents have had all necessary health screenings and if possible, visit the breeder’s facilities. For full instructions on how to find a responsible breeder, visit What is a Reponsible Breeder.

Below is the listing for Miniature Schnauzers, which other than the color, equally applies to the whites.

The White Miniature Schnauzer

One of the few terrier breeds completely developed outside the British Isles, the Miniature Schnauzer is distinctly more biddable than his English cousins while retaining a protective nature which makes him an excellent watchdog. He is handsome, with whiskers, a wiry double coat and erect ear. Coat colors can be salt and pepper, black and silver and solid black. (And while not registerable by the American Kennel Club, white as well.)

Miniature Schnauzers are sturdy, highly trainable and can easily adapt to either city or country life. Their double coat requires either regular stripping (pulling out loose undercoat) or clippering.


Developed in southern Germany where he is still extremely popular, Miniature Schnauzers were developed from Standard Schnauzers over 600 years ago, as contemporary paintings can attest. He was originally bred to be a farm dog, able to go to ground after all manner of creatures.


By the Numbers

Size: 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder..
Coat Care: 7 – medium. Requires little brushing but regular stripping or clippering.Trainability: 8 – medium to high. Miniature Schnauzers are biddable and learn easily. 
Energy level: 7. They are a highly adaptable dog but do enjoy plenty of exercise.
Good with Children: 7 – Miniature Schnauzers do well with children who can tell when they want to play – and when they don’t. 
Noise level: medium to high – 8: They can be noisy, especially when bored.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – 3, low They shed very little.

I couldn't find a club for the white mini's. While you can register them as Miniature Schnauzers, they cannot be shown. 

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