Miniature Schnauzer Colors

The miniature schnauzer comes in fourteen color variations – but not all breed organizations recognize every color.

Miniature Schnauzer Colors

 

The Fourteen Color Variations

 

Technically there are fourteen miniature schnauzer color variations. These include:

  • Black
  • Black parti
  • Black and silver
  • Black and silver parti
  • White
  • White chocolate
  • Salt and pepper
  • Salt and pepper parti
  • Chocolate (Liver)
  • Chocolate parti (Liver parti)
  • Liver and tan
  • Liver and tan parti
  • Liver pepper
  • Liver pepper parti

Black

 

The black miniature schnauzer is solid black when born and remains solid black as they mature. As black miniature schnauzers become seniors, they may be grey. Very rarely, senior black miniature schnauzers will retain their black coloration.

Black Parti

 

The black parti miniature schnauzer has a white body with a black blanket or black spots, black nose, and black paw pads. The black parti has brown eyes.

 

Black and Silver

 

The black and silver miniature schnauzer has coloration like the salt and pepper coat in young puppies. As black and silver miniature schnauzers mature, they will still have a black body, but the copper markings on the feet and face will lighten to platinum silver.

 

Black and Silver Parti

 

The black and silver parti miniature schnauzer can have a white body with a black blanket or a black blanket with white spots. Black and silver parti miniature schnauzers have brown eyes and white eyebrows. The eyelids, paw pads, and nose are solid black.

 

White

 

The white miniature schnauzer is pure white as a puppy and remains the same color in adulthood. White schnauzers are not cream, nor should they be confused with albino coloration.

 

White Chocolate

 

The white chocolate miniature schnauzer has a white body with chocolate-colored eyelids, paw pads, and a nose. The white chocolate coloration has green or hazel eyes.

 

Salt and Pepper

 

There are light and dark variations of salt and pepper miniature schnauzers. The salt and pepper schnauzer is identifiable by the three gray shades on each hair. Whether salt and pepper have a light or dark coat, they will mature to have a silverish-colored coat as an adult.

 

Salt and Pepper Parti

 

The salt and pepper parti miniature schnauzer has a white body with a brown blanket or brown spots that later turn silver. The salt and pepper parti has brown eyes and a black nose, and paw pads.

 

Chocolate (Liver)

 

The chocolate (liver) miniature schnauzer has a deep chocolate coat as a puppy and adult. Chocolate miniature schnauzers should have green or hazel eyes. The chocolate miniature schnauzer should have a chocolate-colored nose, eyelids, and paw pads.

 

Chocolate Parti (Liver Parti)

 

The chocolate parti miniature schnauzer has a white body with a chocolate blanket or chocolate spots, nose, and paw pads. The chocolate parti has green or hazel eyes.

Liver and Tan

The liver and tan miniature schnauzer has a white body with a brown blanket or brown spots, and brown paw pads and nose. The liver and tan parti coloration have hazel or green eyes, and the cheeks and eyebrows are tan in color.

 

Liver and Tan Parti

 

The liver and tan parti miniature schnauzer has a white body with a brown blanket or brown spots, and brown paw pads and nose. The liver and tan parti coloration have hazel or green eyes, and the cheeks and eyebrows are either cream or white.

 

Liver Pepper

 

The liver pepper miniature schnauzer has coat coloration like the salt and pepper coloration, but the hairs of the coat have three chocolate shades on them instead of grey. The liver pepper miniature schnauzer has hazel or green eyes.

 

Liver Pepper Parti

 

The liver pepper parti miniature schnauzer has a white body with a brown blanket or spots. The liver pepper parti has hazel or green eyes and brown paw pads, and a brown nose. The cheeks and eyebrows of this coloration are cream-colored.

 

The American Miniature Schnauzer Club

 

The American Miniature Schnauzer Club recognizes just three coat colors:

  • Salt and pepper
  • Black and silver
  • Solid black

Federation Cynologique Internationale (AISBL)

 

The Federation Cynologique Internationale recognizes just four coat colors:

  • Black with black undercoat
  • Pepper and salt
  • Black and Silver
  • White with white undercoat

The United Kennel Club (UKC)

 

The United Kennel Club recognizes just four coat colors:

  • Salt and pepper
  • Black and silver
  • Black
  • White

American Kennel Club (AKC)

 

The American Kennel Club recognizes just three coat colors:

  • Black
  • Black and silver
  • Salt and pepper

Conclusion / Summary

 

There are fourteen color variations of the miniature schnauzer, but professional organizations only recognize a maximum of four. The other coat colors are due to dilution genes and are a reason for disqualification in professional circles.

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