Schnauzers come in a wide variety of colors, like salt and pepper, black, white, or parti. Some colors are considered more desirable than others because they are rare. While it’s always exciting to see rare coat colors, we don’t breed for color.

Why we don’t breed for color

It’s not that we don’t like rare coat colors. We do. 

However, prioritizing the color of a dog means we cannot prioritize their health as efficiently. It is important to us that our dogs are healthy. We don’t want to risk sacrificing that for rare colors.

What are the most common coat colors

Salt and pepper

Salt and pepper is the most common color and one of the most popular as well. There is quite a bit of variation in the appearance, with some looking entirely white or black. The defining feature of a salt and pepper coat is the banded coat color which means that there is color variation within an individual shaft of the hair.

Black and Silver

Black & silver Miniature Schnauzer

Black and silver Schnauzers start life with solid black bodies and copper markings that turn white with time. Most often, the white is on the eyebrows, muzzle, legs, and chest. 


White schnauzers are born white. Unlike some other colors, their color doesn’t change as they age. The white color is not a result of albinism.


A parti coat is any color on a white base. Those colors can include all three AKC-accepted colors and all three ‘liver’ colors. A parti coat can come in spots or as a colored ‘jacket’ on white fur.


Black schnauzers have solid black bodies. Although, they can have patches of white on the chin, chest, or toes and still be considered black. It is also common for the black to fade to dark grey as they get older.