Life Span of Miniature Schnauzers

A miniature schnauzer standing in a wooded area.
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If you get a miniature schnauzer puppy about the time your children start school, you can expect that he'll probably be around to wave them off to college. This little terrier enjoys a long life span, of approximately 12 to 14 years. He's a fairly sturdy little fellow, though he does have some health conditions to be aware of.

Health Risks of Miniature Schnauzers

Though your miniature schnauzer has a good chance of spending many years with your family, you should be aware of his potential health risks. He's prone to several eye diseases, including progressive retinal atrophy, entropion and cataracts. Urolithiasis, a condition leading to urine stones, is also a concern. Other health concerns include follicular dermatitis, the clotting defect Von Willebrand disease, and esophageal achalasia. If purchasing a miniature schnauzer puppy, make sure to inquire that his parents are certified by the Canine Eye Registration Foundation. A reputable breeder should be able to produce certification that your puppy's parents are healthy and suitable for breeding.