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The Miniature Schnauzer is a smallest dog in the Schnauzer breed and originated in the mid-to-late 19th Century from Germany. The Miniature Schnauzer is a cross between the Standard Schnauzer and other smaller breeds such as the Poodle. A miniature Schnauzer is a spunky, but aloof dog who does things their own way. They tend to be good guard dogs without the tendency to bite.
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average life span of a mini schnauzer?

Postby al shookup » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:48 pm

Hi...A friend of my wife has just lost her mini schnauzer to a heart attack at 6 years of age. She had only just got used to it becoming totally blind recently due to an illness. My wife's friend now believes that mini schnauzers don't have a long life span compared to other small dogs. We are now worried about our own loveable Louie who is almost two year old. I also understand that kidney problems are rife in older mini schnauzers due to the fact they don't drink much water. ( I, myself have just experienced the movement of a large kidney stone due to not drinking much water all my life and it is an extremely painful experience).
Does anyone have any knowledge in likely life span of minis and their possible kidney problems in later life?
good to hear your thoughts on the matter......
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Re: average life span of a mini schnauzer?

Postby Tulip » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:50 pm

From what I understand and have heard, most live beyond the age of ten quite easily.

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Postby Claire Farrington » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:53 pm


I just lost my old boy back in April and he was 14.5 years old. He did have kidney problems towards the end, hence a very strict diet from the vets to help his kidneys and liver, but other than that he had a long and good life.
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Re: average life span of a mini schnauzer?

Postby zeta1454 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:57 pm

Yes - I would agree with Tulip that minis could expect to live well beyond ten years. I would expect them to reach 13 years at least. I have heard of some who have died young from illness but that should be the exception. Our oldest mini died at just under 14 years (very sudden liver failure and congested lungs); our second was 13 1/2 years old and had a severe stroke one night. Our current oldie is 11 now and still going strong despite a spinal injury which has affected the use of his back legs but otherwise fine. If you are worried about kidney stones it might be worth looking at diet change for little Louie? Also regarding life span - perhaps check with the breeder what age other dogs in their pedigree have reached.

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Postby frazers mam » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:08 pm

We lost Frazer in April, he had liver problems he was on a prescription diet from the vet.
We have had 3 schnauzers who lived till 12, 13 and 14.
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Postby Snazy » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:42 pm

My oldest was 15, youngest to die was 10 from cancer. Neither had kidney problems.

My oldest here now is a Giant at very nearly 13 years old, again she is in good health.
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Re: average life span of a mini schnauzer?

Postby Sianny » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:53 pm

Snazy wrote:
My oldest here now is a Giant at very nearly 13 years old, again she is in good health.

I know it was a couple of years ago, but when I met Tara at Delamere I couldn't believe how old she was, she was so energetic and happy!
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Postby Judi Ibbotson » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:33 pm

We lost Rags in February this year she was 13.9 years old, no kidney problems, she did have pancreasitis in 2009 and was hospitalised for that, otherwise a mainly healthy life.
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Re: average life span of a mini schnauzer?

Postby julia » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:22 pm

We have just lost our boy at the age of 14 years and 2 months - he lived life life to the full almost to the end, he had a sensitive tum that we manged with a careful diet but apart from that no issues at all, he even managed a couple of good long walks last September on holiday in Scotland, sadly though he developed a problem with his spine and lost the use of his back legs.

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Re: average life span of a mini schnauzer?

Postby pepsidog » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:10 pm

We lost our first schnauzer at 13.5 years. Very healthy until just near the end.
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