Miniature Border Schnollie (Miniature Schnauzer & Border Collie Mix)

Height: 15 – 20 inches
Weight: 20 – 40 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Black, blue, blue merle, brindle, gold, lilac, red, sable, white, silver, salt and pepper
Suitable for: Very active families, families with children, multi-pet households, larger homes with a yard, first-time dog owners
Temperament: Energetic, intelligent, clingy, loyal, sweet, aloof with strangers, vocal

The Miniature Border Schnollie is one of the cutest and most energetic designer dogs going. So, if it is a teddy bear pocket rocket that you’re after, your search could finally be over. He is the puppy product of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Border Collie, both of who are incredibly intelligent workaholics.

Being a mixed breed, he can take the characteristics of either parent. His parent’s personalities are different from one another, so you must research both breeds. Research is important so that you know you’ll love this guy no matter what his genetic outcome may be.

Although he is gorgeous and fun, he isn’t suited to every family, and he can be a very intense dog to own. And this is where this complete guide steps in. Here we will prepare you for a life with the Miniature Border Schnollie, but only if you think you are up for the challenge.

So, without any further ado, let us introduce you to the one, the only, Miniature Border Schnollie.

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Miniature Border Schnollie Puppies – Before You Buy…

The first thing that you need to understand about the Miniature Border Schnollie is that both of his parents are working breeds. Not only does this mean that he has bundles of energy, but no matter which parent takes after, he is going to need a lot of exercise. He needs at least 1 hour of vigorous exercise every day, maybe more, with plenty of interaction and playtime in between.

Because his parents are workaholics, he is an intense dog to have around. Not only does he need mental stimulation in between his exercise classes, but he also requires a lot of company. Without his humans in plain sight, he becomes very anxious without them. For this reason, he needs someone in the family to be at home for most of the day.

You’d be right in thinking that this guy is needy. But as long as you can give him the energy and the time he needs to be happy and healthy, he is a lovely family pet to have. Thankfully this mixed breed tends to inherit the best of both worlds, so let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from him.

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

What’s the Price of Miniature Border Schnollie Puppies?

The Miniature Border Schnollie will set you back, on average, $600 to $1,000. Of course, it can be a little lower or higher than this price for a variety of reasons, such as location, puppy lineage, or breeder reputation.

Be wary of dishonest breeders who might charge the earth for Mini Border Schnollies. Especially if they cannot show you their puppies, their parents, their living conditions, or their health clearances. Any of these signs should sound alarm bells that they are working as part of a puppy mill, and have no concern for the welfare of the dogs.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Miniature Border Schnollies

1. The Miniature Border Schnollie makes a fantastic sheepherder-come-rat exterminator

If you’re in the business of herding sheep or exterminating rats, the Miniature Border Schnollie can do both. His Schnauzer parent is a ratter by trade, and everyone knows that the Border Collie is one of, if not the most, best herding dogs in the world.

2. The Miniature Border Schnollie is super intelligent

Time after time, his Border parent is crowned the most intelligent dog breed in the world. The Schnauzer is not far behind. So not only does he have the beauty, but he also has the brains too.

3. The Miniature Border Schnollie is a low-shedder

Because of his hypoallergenic Schnauzer genes, he is likely to be a low-shedding dog. His Border parent is a heavy shedder, so you shouldn’t count on this guy being hypoallergenic. But you can expect less hair on your furniture compared to a purebred Collie. Horah!

The Miniature Border Schnollie parents
The parents of the Miniature Border Schnollie. Left: Miniature Schnauzer, Right: Border Collie

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Miniature Border Schnollie

The Mini Border Schnollie is an affectionate dog who loves to be with his family. Nothing will make you feel more loved than a cuddle from this guy. He’s so happy to see you every morning when you wake, and he’ll follow you into the bathroom if you let him. If you’re looking for a four-legged shadow, this guy is a fantastic option.

He’ll have a soft spot for his primary caregiver, as well as the younger members of the family. However, he will be aloof with those outside of the family unit. Thanks to his Schnauzer genes, he makes an excellent watchdog who will alert you to incoming visitors. His Border parent is very reserved, but his Schnauzer genes will soften this trait a little. Slowly but surely, he will warm up to guests.

If you’re looking for a dog with an ‘off switch’, this is not the dog for you. If you’re not out exercising, he’ll be begging for playtime. Even when he reaches his senior years, you’ll be hard-pressed to wear him out. You need to be able to keep up with him for the next 12 to 15 years, possibly even longer. This guy is lots and lots of fun, for sure!

You already know just how intelligent this guy is. And this can be both a blessing or a curse, dependant on what type of family you are. As long as you are equally as active and playful as him, it’s a blessing because he’ll make a great playmate. If you’re not, he will transform him into a little terror, and both you and the family furniture will suffer bigtime.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Yes, the Miniature Border Schnollie makes a great family pet for an adventurous family. But, as you’ve probably guessed it by now, it has to be the right family. If his needs arent met by his family, he will become difficult and destructive. This is why you need to be honest about whether you can offer this guy what he needs.

This guy is not suited to apartment life, and instead, he would appreciate a larger home with access to a yard. He can get cabin fever very quickly, and we would love a cozy second bed to lay outside in the fresh air.

This guy doesn’t care what type of family he lives with, just as long as they meet his needs. He loves children and is robust enough to deal with excitable hands.

There is only one issue that we can see when it comes to family life with this guy. And because he is a part herder, he may try to herd other family pets or the younger members of the family. He could be snoozing with them on the sofa one minute, and the next, he’ll be giving them the famous Collie stare. If you notice this behavior, you need to discourage it. Although it is not problematic, it can be frustrating.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Mini Border Schnollie gets on with most other animals and family pets. Because of his ratting Schnauzer genes, we wouldn’t recommend that this guy lives with smaller furry pets like rats, rabbits, or hamsters. If you have a cattle farm or have a few sheep, you’ll probably find this guy trying to herd them too.

When it comes to other dogs, as long as he is socialized, he is very friendly and loves to play. Any excuse to burn some energy! Being an anxious pooch, he would enjoy the company of another pup for those times when you have to leave him alone for a few hours.

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Things to Know When Owning a Miniature Border Schnollie:

If you still think that the Miniature Border Schnollie sounds like a top match for you and your family, read on to find out more about his daily needs. Without the below requirements, he cannot be the happy and fun canine that you’ve read about above.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The Miniature Border Schnollie will consume around 2 cups of food every day. Although this might not seem a lot for such an active dog, his Collie parent is known for not needing a lot of food to sustain his energy levels. Feed this guy the best quality kibble that you can afford because high-quality nutrition is the key to keeping this guy happy and healthy.

The MSD Veterinary Manual states that all puppies should eat a kibble that provides a minimum protein content of 22%, and adults should eat a protein content of 18%. Because of his high energy levels, we would recommend that you feed him a higher protein content. Thankfully, a high-quality kibble will provide much more than this, as well as a well-balanced diet.

Exercise 🐕

Just in case you missed it, the Miniature Border Schnollie is an energetic guy who needs lots of activity. There isn’t much this guy couldn’t take part in, and because you’ll be exercising him so much, try to involve him in your hobbies. He makes a fantastic jogging partner, mountain adventurer, agility course participant, and even surfboard rider.

Because he is also very intelligent, you should mix up his activities to prevent him from getting too bored. He needs a challenge to stimulate his mind, and there are plenty of brain games and challenges for you to try with him at home.

Training 🎾

The first training that you need to do with your Miniature Border Schnollie is to socialize him with as many other dogs, animals, humans, and unfamiliar situations as possible. Not only will this ensure that he transforms into a polite pooch, but it will create a confident canine.

Because of his superior intelligence, he will pick up his training quickly, which is why he is a good option for a first-time dog owner. The most effective training method is positive reinforcement training. It is more than likely that this guy will be object driven, so invest in plenty of tennis balls.

Although the Miniature Border Schnollie is very intelligent, he also has a stubborn side that he may or may not inherit from the Schnauzer. Because of this, he might have the odd day where he isn’t that obedient or can’t be bothered to join you in your training sessions. Just like us humans, everyone has off days, so if he does cut him a little slack.

Grooming ✂️

The Miniature Border Schnollie’s coat will be dependant on whether his Border parent has a long or short coat. If his parent is a short coat Collie, he’ll have medium length hair, and if his parent is a long coat, he’ll also have a long coat. He will need brushing several times a week, and if he has a long coat, he’ll need brushing most days.

You should bathe this guy once every 8 to 12 weeks, depending on how dirty he gets on his crazy adventures. Because this guy might suffer from something known as Schnauzer comedo syndrome, you should use a gentle doggy shampoo in any case. And if he does display any symptoms, use a shampoo with antiparasitic and antiseborrheic properties.

You shouldn’t have to clip his nails very often as they will naturally wear down with all the running he’ll do. But be sure to keep an eye on them because they cause a lot of pain if left too long.

This guy is at risk from several eye conditions, so as you groom him check out his eyes to make sure that they are healthy and as they should be. If you notice any changes in their appearance, or he starts to scratch them, a trip to the vet will probably be in order.

Health Conditions 🏥

The Miniature Border Schnollie is a relatively healthy dog who enjoys a long lifespan. Being a mixed breed, he can inherit health concerns from either parent. For this reason, be sure to research what health conditions affect both of his parent breeds, and make yourself aware of the symptoms to look out for. Here are the conditions that he is most likely to suffer from.

Minor Conditions
  • Cataracts
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Mono/bilateral cryptorchidism
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Schnauzer comedo syndrome
Serious Conditions
  • Deafness
  • Portosystemic shunt
  • Collie eye anomaly
  • Progressive retinal atrophy

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Male vs Female

Male Miniature Border Schnollies are on the larger side of both the height and weight scale compared to females. So, if you are after a smaller Border Schnollie, a female might be the better option for you.

When it comes to their personality, training is the most influential factor, so be sure to invest lots of time into their training.

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Final Thoughts:

The Miniature Border Schnollie is a live wire, and he’ll certainly keep you on your toes for the next 15 years or so. It’s super important that you’re honest with yourself about what you can give him because he needs a lot of exercise, as much company as possible, and a lot of attention. He is a needy canine, but this is all a part of his charm.

If you are looking for a partner in crime, an exercise buddy to keep you going, or a playful family pet for the kids, the Miniature Border Schnollie could be just what you are looking for. If you like the sound of this guy, but you’d like a bigger version, why not check out the Border Schnollie or the Giant Border Schnollie.


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