How Much Do Schnauzers Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 15, 2018

A Schnauzer is a dog that originated from Germany in the early 15th century.  This particular breed is known for its bearded snout and salt and pepper colored coat.  The average Miniature Schnauzer can weigh up to 20 pounds, while a Giant Schnauzer can weigh up to 80 pounds.  Most are known to have higher energy levels compared to most other dog breeds out there.  The common types of Schnauzers include a Giant, Miniature, and Standard.

Miniature Schnauzer - Quincy 2 by Theodore Scott, on Flickr
“Miniature Schnauzer – Quincy 2” (CC BY 2.0) by  Theodore Scott

How much does a Schnauzer cost?

On average, a Miniature Schnauzer can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,700.  AKC/show breeds are going to be closer to the $2,000 range, especially if the parents are descendants from a recent champion.  The cost of one will depend on the breeder, the quality, age, the parent’s history and your geographical location.

Standard Schnauzers can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,500, and females will, on average, be more than the males.  Dogs older than two years old can cost anywhere from $75 to $400.

Giant Schnauzers, which can grow up to 80 pounds, can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,600.  Again, older dogs can be purchased for $75 to $300 and AKC/show breeds can be in the thousands.

Adoptions can be much less, often as low as $50 to $250.  The North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue, for instance, charges a $250 to $350 adoption fee.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder will include all health paperwork from a reputable vet, registration papers, a health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations and a travel crate if it’s going to be shipped.  Breeders, most of the time, will also include a microchip, a spay/neutering, temporary pet insurance, references to professionals in the community and a simple starter kit that may include food and valuable coupons.  All breeders are different, so before signing a bill of sale, be sure to know what’s going to be included in your purchase price.

What are the extra costs?

If the dog has to be shipped via an airline, the costs can range from $200 to $500 depending on how far the dog has to travel.

Recurring costs, such as food, toys, medicine, accessories and routine/surprise vet visits, can cost upwards of $100+ per month on average.  The rescue mentioned above states it can cost up to $650 per year for ongoing costs.

Most Schnauzer owners opt to hire a groomer every six to eight weeks because they want to maintain the distinctive “bearded” look.  The average grooming session, depending on where you live, can cost upwards of $100 to $150.  Regardless of who performs the grooming session, most owners like to keep the ears, head, neck, stomach and underneath the tail neatly trimmed to give the dog a cleaner appearance.  It’s also recommended owners comb the coat daily and wash the face daily after every meal.  The coat will also have to be hand-stripped every six months or so if you show your dog.  Failing do so so may lead to a softer texture, which will force your dog to shed more.

Obedience classes are recommended when young to teach them the basics such as sit, stay and lay down.  As long as your training is consistent and firm, this intelligent dog shouldn’t have a hard time learning these basic commands.

Tips to know

The average lifespan is 12 to 15 years and the breed is known to be prone to serious ailments such as cataracts.  Miniature Schnauzers are also known to develop urinary stones due to a narrow urethra which can be blocked easier.

As stated, because this breed is susceptible to cataracts, any reputable breeder should include an eye and hip checkup certification to show health clearances for both parents.  These health clearances should clear the dog from hip dysplasia and the Canine Eye Registry Foundation should certify the eyes are normal.

The standard Schnauzer will have a wiry, hard and dense coat, often about one to two inches long.  Common coat colors will be either a pure black or a salt and pepper like look, which is a combination of white and black hairs.  A white schnauzer, along with a brown and white, has recently hit the market and is accepted in all FCI countries, even though there is controversy with the white color since the United States, Canada and a few other countries don’t accept this confirmation.

This breed is known to be extremely energetic and will be affectionate to anyone in the household, including children.  They are known to get along with anyone of any age as long as the child/toddler is taught how to handle dogs properly.

Due to the smaller size, this breed can live comfortably in a smaller apartment setting, provided he or she gets enough exercise.  Like any dog, they need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day to help release its energy.

Its personality is said to be inquisitive, creative and oftentimes — stubborn.  He or she will be very loyal to their household and owner and loves to be the center of attention.

While it’s not a Schnauzer, there’s a Schnauzer Chihuahua mix, referred to as a Chizer.  Another — the Schnauzer-Shih Tzu mix — is referred to as a Schnau-Tzu.

A term you may come across is a “Blue Merle Schnauzer.”  This kind, according to, should be avoided since it has a host of health problems.  According to the blog entry, while the look can be striking, its unique pattern can lead to severe eye and/or hearing issues.  It’s also known to have a defective immune system, which can affect its overall quality of life.

How can I save money?

Check local shelters in your area to see if there are any older dogs for adoption.  Shelters that focus on Schnauzers may  have some available for a lower price and are just looking for a loving family to take them in.  Since these breeds are fairly common, it shouldn’t be that hard to find one.  It’s always best to adopt before even consider a breeder, regardless of how reputable they may seem.

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  1. Dan Jones (Jackson,  TN) paid $ and said:

    I paid $450.00 for a full blooded Miniature Schnauzer puppy from a reputable breeder.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Ashleigh (North Pole,  Alaska) paid $1400 and said:

    I paid $1400.00 (discounted by $200) for my purebred chocolate Miniature Schnauzer puppy, and because I chose not to spay her at 6 months old, the breeder did not give papers.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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