Miniboz (Miniature Schnauzer & Boston Terrier Mix)

Height: 12-17 inches
Weight: 10-25 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: White, grey, cream, brown, black, brindle, bicolored, tricolored
Suitable for: Families with kids, singles, seniors, apartments, houses
Temperament: Fun-loving, smart, eager to please, loyal, sociable, kid-friendly

The Miniboz is a cute little hybrid dog that’s popular among families of all shapes and sizes throughout the United States and around the world. They’re a result of breeding the Miniature Schnauzer and the Boston Terrier together. These designer dogs are recognized by organizations such as the American Canine Hybrid Club and the International Designer Canine Registry. These might be small, shaggy dogs but they’re full of personality!

Minibozes are fun-loving and patient, making them perfect pets for families that include young children. They have a goofy personality that’s contagious, but that bright personality can get them in a little trouble at times, as owners might find their pups chewing on slippers occasionally. These dogs are loyal to their human pack and aren’t aggressive or suspicious of strangers.

While quite active, the Miniboz is a hybrid breed that doesn’t need much outdoor exercise to maintain a happy life. However, they tend to become overweight when allowed to pick and choose when they eat throughout the day. Are you wondering what it might be like to own a Miniboz of your own? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide that should give you all the information you need to decide whether the Miniboz is a good pet choice for you.

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Miniboz Puppies — Before You Buy…

There is more to Miniboz puppies than cuteness and playfulness. They require dirty outdoor playtime, proper feeding, occasional grooming, and a lifetime of attention. Learning what you can about the Miniboz now will help you be a great puppy parent when the time comes.

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

What’s the Price of Miniboz Puppies?

Miniboz puppies are sold for anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars, depending on where and whom the puppies are coming from. If you are buying from a breeder far away, you’ll have to pay for things like transport costs. If you’re buying from a local breeder, you may be able to find your companion for less than a thousand dollars.

Also, you may be able to find a Miniboz to adopt at your local shelter for just a fraction of what it would costs to buy one from the breeder — plus, you’ll be saving a life. You should also factor veterinarian fees, vaccinations, food, toys, and bedding into the cost of buying a new Miniboz puppy when budgeting for the venture.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Miniboz

1. They’re Photogenic

Minibozes aren’t extremely active, so they spend a great deal of time lounging around and looking cute. This gives owners plenty of opportunities to catch their dogs’ photogenic sides and take truly magnificent photos.

2. They Don’t All Act Like Small Dogs

Many Minibozes are laidback and independent like bigger dogs tend to be. They’ll be happy to snuggle in your lap while you’re lounging around, but they aren’t afraid to take on a game of fetch or chase with a Rottweiler.

3. They Can Be Quite Talkative

Although Minibozes are small, they like to bark to communicate, which makes them sound bigger than they really are. Expect your Miniboz to say good morning when you wake up, let you know all the news about their day, and to say goodnight when it’s time to go to bed.

The parents of the Miniboz
The parents of the Miniboz | Left: Miniature Schnauzer (Source: SheltieBoy, Flickr), Right: Boston Terrier (Source: Judith Garcia, Flickr)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Miniboz

Minibozes are personable, friendly, outgoing, and joyful. They love to play and are accepting of others, which means that they can become prey to thieves. So, it’s important to keep a close eye on your Miniboz when they’re outside your home or spending time in public areas of any kind. These dogs are open for new adventures but don’t mind spending time indoors, where they can play with toys and cuddle up with their family members.

This hybrid dog can easily adapt to new environments, making them an excellent road trip companion. You may notice that your Miniboz is continually active one day, then extremely relaxed the next day. You never know exactly what kind of dog you’ll have each day, but you can be sure that your companion loves spending time with you no matter what.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Miniboz is a perfect family pet. These dogs love playing with young kids and are patient when it comes to things like tail and ear tugging. They aren’t nippers, so there should never be a worry that a young child would get bitten, even if accidentally while playing. But the Miniboz doesn’t have to live with kids to be happy. They enjoy lives of all kinds, whether with a single person, the elderly, or a group home full of people of all ages.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

They might seem vulnerable to larger dogs and animals, but Minibozes don’t see themselves any differently than they see German Shepherds. These dogs can get along with a wide variety of other pets, whether dog, cat, guinea pig, or even a mouse.

But these little ones should be socialized starting at a young age to ensure that they understand how to get along with other animals as they age. With plenty of socialization, families with multiple pets in the household should be able to successfully introduce a Miniboz into the family.

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Things to Know When Owning a Miniboz

We’ve covered the personality and temperament aspects of the Miniboz. Now, it’s time to take a look at things like diet requirements, training possibilities, and grooming needs. Here are all the things you should know as a prospective or new Miniboz owner.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Minibozes have small mouths and teeth, just as they have small bodies. Therefore, it’s best to feed them dry dog food that is developed specifically for small breeds, so the kibble size is small enough for them to thoroughly chew. Baby Miniboz should eat puppy food until about the age of a year old; your veterinarian will let you know when it’s time to start switching over.

When choosing a food for your Miniboz, focus on options that are free of fillers like corn and rice. Choose options full of high-quality proteins such as fish, beef, chicken, or lamb. Alternatively, you can make food at home from scratch, but you should work with a veterinarian to ensure that your dog’s nutrient requirements are met daily.

Exercise 🐕

Most Minibozes need just a little exercise to stay healthy and happy. They always appreciate a walk around their neighborhood or through their apartment community, but they don’t need to spend a great deal of time outside in a yard. A few walks a week and playtime indoors should be sufficient to meet this dog’s exercise needs.

Training 🎾

Every dog needs obedience training and it’s no different for the Miniboz. These dogs should start training no later than when they stop breastfeeding from their mother and start eating solid food. Your pup should know how to come, sit, and stay on command no matter what situation they are in. Once well trained in obedience, the Miniboz can start agility training for fun.

Their small statures may not be made for competitions, but they can have fun weaving through poles and jumping over obstacles. It’s always a good idea to consider hiring a professional trainer to help you learn the basics when first getting started. Training videos are also available to help you professionally train your Miniboz pup.

Grooming ✂️

The grooming requirements of a Miniboz can differ depending on the parent the puppy takes after most. If your Miniboz takes after their Boston Terrier parent, they won’t require more than one brushing or combing a couple of times a month. Dogs taking after their Schnauzer parents might need to be brushed once a week or so.

This dog’s ears should be gently cleaned with a cloth or cotton ball once a week to minimize the risk of infection development. Their nails will likely need to be trimmed once a month to keep them from getting caught on furniture and in blankets.

Health Conditions 🏥

There are a few serious and minor health conditions to be aware of as the potential owner of a Miniboz. Your veterinarian can provide you with information about any condition that you’re worried about your pooch developing.

Minor Conditions
  • Ulcers
  • Cataracts
  • Mange
Serious Conditions
  • Brachycephalic syndrome
  • Patellar luxation
  • Glaucoma

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Male vs Female

There isn’t a big difference between male and female Minibozes when it comes to personality and temperament. But males tend to be a little bigger and females a little less independent. The gender you choose to adopt should boil down to their personality and perhaps their appearance.

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Final Thoughts:

The Miniboz is a cute, snuggly, friendly little dog that any family can appreciate having around. But just because they don’t need much exercise and seem content playing games indoors doesn’t mean that they should be left at home alone and forgotten about during the workweek. These dogs should get outside daily, if not for anything more than fresh air and sunshine.

We think that you should consider adopting one of these adorable dogs as a single or the head of a household — even if you already have pets. What do you most look forward to experiencing with a Miniboz of your own? Do you have other pets that you hope a Miniboz will get along with? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!


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