How To Correctly Measure a Miniature Schnauzer   

The Miniature Schnauzer breed is measured in inches, not pounds. You wouldn’t believe how many people call or email me asking “How big will my dog be?” or “How many pounds?” The only relevance weight has is when you compare it to the height in inches. A 12″ tall dog will average 12 pounds, if it’s of average build.

Schnauzers should have their chest at least to the top of the elbow, a fore chest that sticks out further than the front joint of the shoulder sticks out. They should have medium/heavy bone and not fine bird legs. A dog built like this will weigh more than one without bone or depth of chest or one that’s slab-sided.

Measuring is done from the top of the shoulder bone, or withers, to the floor. Then the length of the dog is measured from a line parallel to the top of the table. Measure the length from where the chest sticks out to the farthest to the point of the bone that’s under the tail. Make sure you’re measuring in a horizontal line and not slanted. Envision the dog in a square box with each point touching top, sides and bottom. That’s a square dog.  The Photo below is stacked out correctly to measure.  

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