Miniature Schnauzer vs Border Terrier Which is Better? Dog vs Dog
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The Miniature Schnauzer and the Border Terrier.
When glancing at these two wiry little terriers,
it’s pretty easy to tell the two apart,
but they do have a lot in common and a few
Let’s compare these the Miniature Schnauzer
and the Border Terrier in our on-going series,
Dog vs. Dog.
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Touted as among the oldest of the British
terriers, the Border Terrier was developed
near the Cheviot Hills between England and
Originally, the dog was bred to chase and
kill foxes that caused trouble for farmers
and later to accompany Border Foxhounds on
The Border Terrier, which was the smallest
among long-legged terriers, had to be very
fast to match a horse’s pace and yet be
of small enough to dig out or follow a fox
into its burrow.
The first record of this breed dates back
to the 18th century; its ancestors were said
to be associated with the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
The development of the Miniature Schnauzer
isn’t as well documented.
There aren’t any records on how the Miniature
Schnauzer was developed, but the intent, or
perhaps by accident, was to create a smaller
version of the well-established much larger
Standard Schnauzer to work as a small ratter,
a job which the breed excels at.
The earliest record of a Miniature Schnauzer
was a black female named Findel, born in 1888.
In 1895, the first breed club was formed in
The Miniature Schnauzer was developed in Germany
by crossbreeding the Standard Schnauzer with
smaller breeds, such as the Miniature Pinscher,
Affenpinscher, and Poodle.
In Germany, the Miniature Schnauzer is known
as the Zwergschnauzer.
Zwerg means “dwarf”.
According to the AKC, unlike all the other
Terriers, the Miniature Schnauzer has no English
This explains that though the Mini was bred
to do the traditional work of small terriers,
his personality is quite different, as we’ll
see in a bit.
These two small, but sturdy terrier breeds
are close in size.
The Miniature Schnauzer can be slightly heavier
at 11 to 20 pounds, compared to the Border
at 11 – 16 pounds.
But the Border can be a bit taller at 10 -16
inches tall compared to the Mini Schnauzer
at 12 – 14 inches tall.
The Border Terrier is a small dog with a compact
Their ears are typically folded over the forehead
and their bushy eyebrows give the impression
that they are always thinking.
The Border Terrier’s wiry coat can be red,
grizzle and tan, blue and tan or wheaten.
This small square Miniature Schnauzer has
a wiry coat and profuse furnishings on the
legs, a distinctive beard, and bushy eyebrows,
much like its larger Standard Schnauzer brother.
The coat color is pepper and salt (greyish),
black or a striking black and silver.
The Border Terrier has a distinctive temperament
to go along with its distinctive looks.
When it comes to vermin, the Border has the
Terrier fire, but the Border is also more
flexible than most other terrier breeds.
This is a very friendly breed.
The Border Terrier is good with kids, families,
strangers and even other pets, for the most
With its family, it’s affectionate but self-reliant.
The Border loves to cuddle, but also has no
trouble keeping itself entertained.
A note of caution, the Border has an incredible
wanderlust and can be an escape artist!
A Miniature Schnauzer is full of life.
An extrovert, this breed loves to be in the
middle of any family action.
The Mini wants to touch you and be next to
you all the time, and you can bet it’ll demand
to sleep in your bed.
The Miniature Schnauzer isn’t as kid or
stranger friendly as the Border Terrier, but
with early socialization, this can be overcome.
Though both breeds are of high intelligence,
don’t assume they are easy to train.
Both dogs share a typical terrier stubbornness
and neither is focused or patient with training.
But, both breeds are eager to please and are
You just have to put in the work and not fall
more their manipulation.
The Border Terrier is a highly energetic spunky
little dog born to run.
Thankfully because of its small size and medium
exercise needs you can get away with a good
long walk a day and a game of fetch or two
in the house or yard.
Miniature Schnauzers are versatile dogs who
can live in the city or the country.
They need daily walks and time to run every
week, but they can be just as happy living
in an apartment as a farm.
The Schnauzer’s yard should always be fenced
in because these terriers will take off like
a shot if they catch a glimpse of a cat, rabbit,
bird or squirrel.
Both breeds need to chase and dig which can
be channeled productively by enrolling your
pooch into earthdog activities, or agility
These activities can keep you Schnauzer’s
mind and body active, and it’ll love the
bonding time spend with its favorite person.
Health and Lifespan
The Border Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer
have similar lifespans with the Border Terrier
typically living between 12 to 15 years and
the Schnauzer between 12 and 14.
Both breeds are generally healthy dogs, although
the Miniature Schnauzer may have an advantage
when it comes healthiness.
The Border Terrier can be prone to heart murmurs,
hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and seizures.
The Mini Schnauzer can suffer from vision
problems including cataracts and retinal atrophy,
usually both associated with old age, as well
as a chronic lung condition called Mycobacterium
Both dogs can be prone to overeating and without
proper exercise can become obese, risking
other weight-related complications.
So, which of these tough little terriers do
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