What’s the best dog food for a Miniature Schnauzer?

Got a question about feeding your Mini Schnauzer? Do Miniature Schnauzers need a special diet? What’s the best dog food for Miniature Schnauzer puppies? What should you never feed your Mini Schnauzer? Our canine nutrition experts have the answers! Adaptable and family-friendly, it’s no wonder that the mischievous Mini Schnauzer is such a popular breed. Petplan observes: “There’s never a
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5th March 2024

Got a question about feeding your Mini Schnauzer? Do Miniature Schnauzers need a special diet? What’s the best dog food for Miniature Schnauzer puppies? What should you never feed your Mini Schnauzer? Our canine nutrition experts have the answers!

Adaptable and family-friendly, it’s no wonder that the mischievous Mini Schnauzer is such a popular breed. Petplan observes: “There’s never a dull moment with the fun-loving Miniature Schnauzer,” which is something that every Mini Schnauzer owner will wholeheartedly agree with!

A key part in caring for your Mini Schnauzer is feeding them the right nutrition. Choosing the most suitable dog food for Miniature Schnauzers is particularly important when you consider some of the health issues that can affect this energetic, playful breed.

Do Miniature Schnauzers need a special diet?

Mini Schnauzers can suffer from sensitive stomachs and skin issues, which may be affected by what they eat. That’s why it pays to look for the best Mini Schnauzer dog food that's easier on their digestion.

Petplan advises: “Like all breeds, Miniature Schnauzers are prone to certain conditions, and choosing a reputable breeder or rehoming organisation should be the first step to having a happy and healthy dog.”

Mini Schnauzers and digestive problems

The pet insurer highlights pancreatitis as a potential problem: “Miniature Schnauzers can be prone to a condition called pancreatitis, which means ‘inflammation of the pancreas’. It occurs when the digestive enzymes within the pancreas start attacking it and there are mild and severe forms. Treatment for the mild form revolves around supportive care and avoiding highly fatty foods.”

Burgess in-house vet, Dr Suzanne Moyes MVB MRCVS, who oversees recipe development and product production, advises: “Dogs with a delicate digestion or who may be prone to allergies can benefit from hypoallergenic dog food that’s made without many of the typical ingredients known to cause upset tummies or skin problems. These ingredients can include beef, eggs, dairy, wheat, maize, and soya. For many dogs with digestive or skin issues, switching to a sensitive dog food (which means it’s relatively unlikely to cause an intolerant reaction) can be really helpful, although you should always ask your vet for advice.”


Is your Mini Schnauzer always hungry? You may need to switch up their nutrition. Petplan suggests: “An easy fix solution could be that the food itself is not giving the dog enough nutrients and it is constantly feeling hungry. By switching the food you are feeding them to something more nutritionally beneficial you may be able to change your pet’s eating behaviour.”

Mini Schnauzers and teeth issues

Miniature Schnauzers can also be susceptible to teeth problems. According to a recent study carried out by the Royal Veterinary College, the most common disorder affecting the breed is dental disease (affecting 17.4% of Miniature Schnauzers).

Petplan explains: “Miniature Schnauzers are prone to developing dental and mouth issues. Because of their smaller mouths they are more likely to have overcrowding, and food, bacteria and minerals can accumulate on the gum line. This causes a build up of 'tartar' which eventually affects the gum causing 'gingivitis', this means small spaces between the gum and teeth are formed where bacteria grow and results in periodontal disease. This can be serious as the bacteria from infected gums can spread around the body and damage the liver and kidneys. This condition can be prevented with regular dental descales and at home tooth brushing.”

The food you choose for your Mini Schnauzer can also make a difference. The RSPCA states: “Some owners favour wet foods for their dog over dry. However, dry dog food may have the added benefit of exercising their chewing muscles and provide a mild cleaning effect on the teeth.”


Did you know that there are lots of benefits to feeding dry food for dogs? The thorough cooking process ensures that any harmful bacteria, such as salmonella, and viruses are destroyed, and the kibble stays fresh inside the pack until you’re ready to serve it. Plus, by following the on-pack instructions, it’s easy to measure out exactly the right sized portion, to ensure your Miniature Schnauzer maintains a healthy weight.

Feeding puppies, adults and seniors – how do a Miniature Schnauzer’s nutrition needs change throughout their life?

Whatever age your Miniature Schnauzer is, when it comes to feeding any dog, the healthiest dog food should provide the correct number of calories, dietary components and balance of nutrients for a dog’s size, life stage and lifestyle.

good dog food for Miniature Schnauzers will contain the correct balance of easily digestible protein, fat, carbohydrate, and a little bit of fibre to help maintain a healthy gut. It should also include vitamins and minerals such as zinc, to support skin and coat health, and calcium to support healthy teeth and bones. Your dog should get everything they need from their food.

Essential nutrients for dogs

Pet food industry body, UK Pet Food, says: “There are 37 essential nutrients that dogs must eat in their food. Prepared complete dog foods are formulated to provide all of these in the right amounts and proportions. Manufacturers take great care to ensure that the end result is appealing to dogs, so you can be confident your canine friend is enjoying their well-balanced diet!”

High quality dog food that meets the changing needs of puppies, adult and seniors

What’s more, because a dog’s nutritional needs vary throughout their life, their food can play a significant role in helping them stay healthy and happy when it’s tailored to the different stages of a their development.

The best dog food for Mini Schnauzers will support the optimum quality of life, from puppyhood to adult and throughout their senior years.

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What food should I not feed my Miniature Schnauzer?

As a rule of thumb, it’s best to avoid feeding human food, such as scraps left over from your own dinner. Instead, feed your Mini Schnauzer with dog food that’s designed just for them.

Human food doesn’t contain all the essential nutrients in the right amounts that dogs need. What’s more, there are many common foods that are extremely dangerous for dogs, such as gravy, fat trimmings, and the artificial sweetener Xylitol, which sneaks its way into all sorts of foods – from peanut butter to jellies and jams.

If you suspect your Mini Schnauzer has eaten any of the following, consult your vet immediately.

  • Alcoholic beverages
    Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
  • Chocolate, coffee, tea
    Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous system.
  • Fat trimmings
    Can cause pancreatitis.
  • Pits from peaches and plums
    Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.
  • Grapes and raisins
    Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys.
  • Gravy
    If made from meat juices, it can contain high levels of fat, which can cause pancreatitis.
  • Large amounts of liver
    Can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones.
  • Macadamia nuts
    Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
  • Milk and other dairy products
    Some adult dogs do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhoea.
  • Meat-free options
    Products such as Quorn may contain onion and garlic, so it’s best to avoid giving them to your pets.
  • Mouldy or spoiled food
    Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhoea and can also affect other organs.
  • Mushrooms
    Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
  • Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder)
    Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anaemia. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
  • Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems
    Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock.
  • Raw eggs
    Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain salmonella.
  • Raw fish
    Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.
  • Excessive salt
    If eaten in large quantities, it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
  • Sugary foods
    Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
  • Table scraps (in large amounts)
    Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced and if excessively fed can lead to obesity. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
  • Xylitol
    This artificial sweetener is highly toxic to canines. After a dog consumes a significant amount of Xylitol, there is a massive release of insulin from the pancreas. This, in turn, results in a dangerously low blood sugar level and symptoms such as weakness, trembling, seizures, collapse, and even death. 

Good to know

  • All the foods in the Burgess Sensitive Dog Food range for puppiesadults  and senior dogs are complete. This means that you can be sure you are providing your pet with all the nutrients they require in exactly the right proportions, so you don’t have to worry about balancing their diet.
  • The recipes feature the nutrients that your dog needs to lead a happy and healthy life without an upset tummy or runny poos.

Need more advice?

If you’re at all unsure about the best way of feeding your dog or have any concerns about specific nutritional requirements, ask your local veterinary practice for advice. You can also call our expert team, available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, on +44 (0)1405 862241 who’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, use our online contact form to get in touch.

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