Genetic Disorders in Miniature Schnauzers

Genetic Disorders in Miniature SchnauzersEvery breed of dog has one or more genetic defects that are particular to its breed. Miniature schnauzers are no different. Genetic Disorders in Miniature Schnauzers are one of the main reasons someone interested in a mini schnauzer as a pet should do their research when selecting a breeder.

The most common health problems with miniature schnauzers are (inherited) eye problems: retinal dysplasia, cataracts, blindness

Be sure that your breeder does a CERF on the sire and the dam before breeding them. Also, the puppies should be examined. If the breeder hasn’t CERF’ed the puppy, be sure to take the puppy to a veterinary opthamologist within the next 2 to 3 days and then 6 months after the first visit.

Another common series of health issues in miniature schnauzers concern the endocrine system:

These diseases can sometimes be avoided (or, at least, are less exacerbated) by feeding your mini schnauzer a good diet and keeping treats, junk food and table scraps to a bare minimum. These guys put on weight very easily and their bodies don’t do well processing fats, so a wholesome diet is mandatory. Also, be sure to brush their teeth regularly.

Skin problems are also fairly common with this breed: schnauzer bumps (schnauzer comedo syndrome), skin allergies, and hot spots (usually the result of poor diet and little exercise). Miniature schnauzers are frequently allergic to corn, wheat, and low-grade meat products. So, again, diet is very important.

Some very serious health problems in miniature schnauzers are:

Other health problems that appear less frequently, are:

This may seem to be an overwhelming list of issues, but you can still be the owner of a healthy schnauzer by
1) Selecting a great breeder
2) Using a vet familiar with schnauzer health
3) Be disciplined in the care of your mini schnauzer: great diet, proper exercise, regular training, and consistent grooming can prevent a lot of their health problems—don’t love your pet to death by giving them a life so luxurious that it kills them.

Remember, a healthy miniature schnauzer can, and should, live from 12 to 18+ years.


  1. Anonymous says

    Our mini has been a wonderful pet, but she too has many allegeries to her food and the outdoors. We can only let her go out for a very short time and her diet has been changed many times because she becomes allegeric to it. She too gets the hot spots and bumps, but with frequent baths they are not as numerous. She was so easily trained when she was a puppy and has been the most wonderful inside dog. She loves everyone and loves getting attention.

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