Kai Ken Miniature Schnauzer Mix


The Kai Ken Miniature Schnauzer Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Kai Ken and the Miniature Schnauzer. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Kai Ken is known for being reserved, intelligent, and agile. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Kai Ken or the Miniature Schnauzer? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Kai Ken Miniature Schnauzer Mix.

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Kai Ken Miniature Schnauzer Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

Kai Ken History

The Kai Ken is sometimes called the Tiger Dog, thanks to their striped brindle coats. They are known for being loyal and affectionate. They are one of the six native Japanese spitz-type dogs. They originated in Kai (hence the name), a mountainous region in modern day Yamanashi. Like most dog breeds they were more than likely bred for their hunting prowess. They have been known to even swim and climb trees to catch their prey. They are obviously a very versatile dog and in Japan are still used for that purpose. Primarily for larger game. It is believed that in the 1950’s some were brought to the States from service men and that is how they originated here.



Miniature Schnauzer History

The Miniature Schnauzer, also called a Zwergschnauzer (Dwarf Schnauzer), originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century.

Being a family lover from all sides, the Miniature Schnauzer makes for a great pet. Due to its size and level of energy, it’s no surprise that the Miniature Schnauzer was the 17th most popular breed in the United States in 2013.

Its popularity kept it from extinction when its number shrank in WWI, and this can be attributed to its happy and positive personality. People love its loving, caring and playful nature.

Originally the Miniature Schnauzer was bred to catch rats as well as to act as guard dogs on farms. The Miniature Schnauzer was created by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with other smaller breeds such as the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher and maybe others smaller animals like the Poodle and Pomeranian. There are no exact records of how the Miniature Schnauzer was created, but the earliest record of a Miniature Schnauzer is from October 1888.

In World War I and II, as with a lot of breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer almost died out from the war. But, soon after WWI the popularity of the Miniature Schnauzer grew, and it has been on a high ever since.

The biggest change from the original Miniature Schnauzer to the more modern day version is the color. Miniature Schnauzers used to be red, black and tan, yellow or parti-color. Today; however, the Miniature Schnauzers are usually shades of black and silver.

The Miniature Schnauzer was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1926, which was only two years after the breed was introduced to the United States.


Kai Ken Miniature Schnauzer Mix Size and Weight

Kai Ken
Height: 17 - 22 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 30 - 40 lb.
Lifespan: 14 - 16 years

Miniature Schnauzer
Height: 12 - 14 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 12 - 20 lb
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years


Kai Ken Miniature Schnauzer Mix Personality

The Kai Ken and the Miniature Schnauzer might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don't want to be left alone. That's why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.


Kai Ken Miniature Schnauzer Mix Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The Kai Ken mixed with the Miniature Schnauzer might be prone to joint dysplasia, eye issues, luxating patellas, among others.

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.


Kai Ken Miniature Schnauzer Mix Care


What are the grooming requirements?

Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

What are the exercise requirements?

Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.

What are the training requirements?

This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.


Kai Ken Miniature Schnauzer Mix Feeding

"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."



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