5 Miniature and Standard Schnauzer Rescues for Adoption

Schnauzers are wonderful dogs, with their sharp intelligence, loyalty and quirky personality. Schnauzers come in three sizes: Miniature, Standard and Giant. Personality and overall health seems to be consistent across all three variations, with Miniatures living slightly longer.

Fortunately for hopeful Schnauzer adopters, there are many dedicated charities and rescues working to rehome these delightful dogs. Most work hard to take Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes from local pounds and high kill shelters so they can be placed with foster families who will provide them the best environment to thrive.

1. California Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, CA, USA

The first rescue on this list is California Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, a non-profit organization rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming Miniature Schnauzers since 2011. They have a large group of foster homes across California committed to caring for these wonderful dogs until they are ready to be placed with their forever family.

CMSR participates in the Shelter Pets Count initiative which works to (i) improve the information on the number of homeless pets passing through shelters and rescues (ii) provide better information on the number of pets reunited with their owners, adopted or euthanized (iii) to encourage shelters and rescues to make public their disposition numbers.

The charity provides breed information plus an information pack for new adopters along with helpful information and links on their website. All adopters have access to ongoing support after adopting their new best friend.

2. Schnauzer Love Rescue, Southeastern United States – NC, SC, AL, GA, MS, TN, FL

  • Website: schnauzerloverescue.net
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Address: 2924 19th Street N, Hueytown, AL 35023
  • Telephone (emergencies only): 1-772-359-6884

Schnauzer Love Rescue operates in seven states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida.

All SLR dogs are vaccinated, tested for heartworms, spayed or neutered and treated for any illness or injury. They are then placed with foster owners while they are behavior assessed and matched with the perfect new home. Any potential adopters must agree to a home check before their application can be confirmed.

As a non-profit, the charity relies on donations and fundraising to cover vet fees and transportation costs. The host fundraising events in all seven states to raise money and spread awareness of the breed.

3. Schnauzer Rescue of The Carolinas, NC, SC, VA, East TN, USA

With volunteers in four states, SRC is a non-profit organization working to rescue abandoned dogs or those rescued from cruelty cases with caring foster homes until they can be assessed for rehoming.

They are always looking for new volunteers, whether that be fostering, transport or rescuing from local shelters.  You can help the charity whenever you shop on Amazon by going through AmazonSmile. A small donation is sent to SRC which helps to cover vet fees and transport costs.

SRC also has a ‘Sponsor A Foster’ program for people who cannot foster but still want to help. Your donation is sent to a specific sponsor and you can follow their progress. They have a dedicated page for their successful adoptions and also a memorial page for those dogs that have passed over the rainbow bridge.

4. Arizona Schnauzer Rescue, AZ, NM, USA

  • Website: azschnauzer.org
  • Address: Arizona Schnauzer Rescue, 2173 W. Enfield Way, Chandler, AZ 85286-6760
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Tel: 480-917-4710

The next rescue on our top 5 list is volunteer-run Arizona Schnauzer Rescue, a non-profit rescue for Miniature Schnauzers in Arizona and New Mexico.

All dogs taken into the care of ASR are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed, behavior assessed and housebroken before being adopted. Each potential adopter is added to the waiting list and carefully screened to ensure the right dog is matched to the right family.

Adoptions begin with a meet and greet with the foster family and then a two-week trial period. This allows for the dog to settle, any issues to be assessed and for the charity to be happy that the match is a good one.

ASR organizing lots of regular events such as fun day picnics and agility shows. Not only do these events help to raise money for the charity, but it also helps to spread awareness of the breed and how the public can help.

5. Homeward Bound Schnauzer Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States – DE, Washington DC, MD, PA, VA, WV

With a focus on Delaware, Washington D.C, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, Homeward Bound’s mission is to rescue and rehome Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes.

As with most dog charities, Homeward Bound ensures all dogs they rescue are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and treated for any medical conditions. Along with rehoming, the charity also engages in public awareness to prevent overpopulation, assisting law enforcement to improve animal welfare conditions and ensuring older Schnauzers and mixes find suitable adopters or hospice homes to live their remaining time in comfort.

They take on rescues, strays, surrenders and save dogs from kill shelters and puppy mills. All of this is done by a network of volunteers, including transportation, fostering and organizing fundraising events.

All of our listed Schnauzer rescues are committed to ensuring all Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes find loving forever homes where they can thrive and be happy. Whether you are looking to adopt, foster or volunteer your time, any of the rescues on our top 5 list would be worthy of your support.

Why should you adopt a rescue Schnauzer?

Schnauzers are a wonderful breed with quirky personalities and sharp intellect. Introducing a Schnauzer or Schnauzer mix to your family would be a wonderful, lifelong commitment and you would be giving a second chance to a dog in need.

There are three varieties of Schnauzers: Giant, Standard, and Miniature. The Schnauzer is a very old breed of dog with an authentic history dating back to the 17th century.

Schnauzers were found on most peasants’ farms and in the stables of the landowners. The Schnauzer has been noted for his affection for horses for centuries and his passion for rat hunting was probably developed in the stables.

The Schnauzer is a keen sportsman and will kill and hunt with the best of the terriers. Rather more amenable to discipline than most terriers, he is very easily trained, a trait peculiar to all German and Scottish breeds. These two countries seem to have bred dogs for brains as well as looks.

Schnauzers require practically the same preparation as other wire-haired terriers for the show ring. Group honors have gone to them occasionally, but they still have plenty of leeways to make up before they can be considered among the best show dogs.

The principal kennels here are owned by enthusiastic people who take them to most of the important country shows as well as metropolitan fixtures. As a result, the breed is becoming well known and the Schnauzer finds new friends very easily.

Schnauzer is game but not quarrelsome and his steadiness and obvious good temper attract attention.

The Schnauzer’s pepper and salt-colored coat is a typical wire-haired coat. The outer coat is harsh and dense to the touch, straight but slightly broken-in appearance. The undercoat is soft, close, and short.

Leg and face furnishings are typical and create an appearance of added strength to these parts. The skull is flat, free from coarseness and wrinkle, and the jaws of equal length with lots of power in them.

The ears are small and V-shaped, dropping forward closely to the cheeks. The eyes are dark and oval in shape with a straight outlook. The neck should be free of throatiness with plenty of length and arch and set into deep, well-placed shoulders.

The front is somewhat broader than we see in the English Terriers and the breastbone rather more prominent. Ribs, loin, and back are all broad and well developed and the legs are strongly boned.

The length of the back should equal the height from withers to ground. The feet should be round and compact, with deep padded, tough soles and strong black toenails. The tail is set high on the top line and docked short to the third joint.

The dog should stand under 20 inches at the shoulder but the average height is about 18 inches. His wire coat should be stripped out twice a year to keep him looking smart and well-groomed.

This stripping should be done about 8 to 10 weeks before an important show, according to the texture of the coat. Harsh coats take a little longer to grow than soft ones.

Are schnauzers high maintenance?

If you’ve decided to add a furry friend to your family, congratulations! While schnauzers aren’t as high-maintenance as other breeds, they do require a little extra attention.

Schnauzers are known for their independent personalities and they don’t enjoy being held or coddled like a dog. “They like to be on their own,” says Michaela Kramer, a dog trainer and behaviorist in San Carlos, California.

“Some people mistakenly think schnauzers are overly aggressive or difficult to handle,” she says. “They’re not. They’re loving and sweet, but they need to be kept busy and exercised.”

Schnauzers are very intelligent dogs, so it’s important to give them plenty of mental stimulation. “You want your dog to be engaged with you,” Kramer says. “They’re not happy just laying around.”

Schnauzers love to run around and need to expend a lot of energy. “If schnauzers are left idle for too long, they’ll get bored and destructive,” she says.

Schnauzers love to play catch. “They love to be active,” Kramer says. “Schnauzers don’t do well when they have nothing to do.”

Schnauzers like to relax with their owners, but they also need alone time. “Schnauzers aren’t clingy, but they should be around their families,” Kramer says. “They’re very affectionate dogs and love to be with their families.”

Schnauzers are very smart dogs, but they can be a challenge to train, so it’s important to use positive reinforcement.

They like to chase small animals, and they are known for their aggressiveness toward other dogs, which can make them unsuited to living with other dogs. Schnauzers need early socialization to avoid developing behavioral problems.

Schnauzers’ personalities are shaped by their genetics. However, they can also be trained to be calm, friendly, and well-behaved.

Schnauzers are sociable dogs who enjoy playing with children. However, they shouldn’t be left unsupervised with small children. Schnauzers enjoy being the center of attention, and they are often too curious for their own good.

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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