Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer Questions & Answers

helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on May 27, 2020
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Gigi is a Miniature Schnauzer with a big following on TikTok.

This Aussie pup has amassed a following of over 300,000 fans on the video-sharing app.

Gigi’s self-care videos have proven a big hit on TikTok, with her most popular video being watched over 10 million times.

This dainty Miniature Schnauzer can also be found on Instagram and YouTube, giving her fans a glimpse into the life of this German breed.

We spoke to Gigi’s mom Nicole to learn more about Gigi and Miniature Schnauzers in general.

You can follow Gigi on Instagram (@gigitheschnauzer) and TikTok (@gigitheschnauzer).

1) How did you first hear about Miniature Schnauzers?

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

We originally found the breed because my grandmother had a Miniature and a Standard Schnauzer. I had wanted one ever since. At the time we had a boxer dog and he loved them.

2) What attracted you to the breed?

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

We loved the breed because they have a great calm nature and their unique appearance. I also loved that they are quite smart and easy to train.

3) How would you describe Gigi’s personality?

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Gigi’s personality can go from attacking your feet with her toys to all snuggled up in your neck snoring. Gigi is an outgoing dog who loves attention and is always by your side, although at times she can be very sassy. She will jump onto a freshly made bed and flick off the pillows and go to sleep. She is also very energetic and loves to play outside with her toys. I believe she has the personality of a big dog.

4) How would you describe the appearance of a Miniature Schnauzer?

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Miniature Schnauzers appearance can be different for every dog, based on the way the hair gets cut from a puppy. Most people go for the original Schnauzer cut, the arched eyebrows, long beard and shaved ears. We go for more of a koala/ teddy bear look: fluffy ears, shorter beard and not as arched brows. The Schnauzer comes in different colours: salt and pepper, all back, black and silver and all white. Gigi is a mix of salt and pepper and black and silver.

5) What is the temperament of Miniature Schnauzers?

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Schnauzer’s temperament is friendly, loving, alert, smart and grumpy at times, Gigi does not like being woken up from a nap but I mean you probably don’t either. Gigi is always aware of what’s going on and is generally just a bright happy dog who loves attention from people.

6) Are Miniature Schnauzers hypoallergenic? If so, do you still have to groom them?

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

All colours and sizes of Schnauzers are hypoallergenic! They are great for people with allergies, but they do need to be groomed every five to seven weeks otherwise there will be matting and their hair will get too long.

7) Do Miniature Schnauzers require a lot of exercise?

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Mini Schnauzers have a fairly high energy level and require at least an hour of exercise a day. They can also gain weight pretty easily so we make sure to do the daily walk.

8) Would you recommend Miniature Schnauzers as family pets?

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Gigi the Miniature Schnauzer (Photo: @gigitheschnauzerr / Instagram)

Schnauzers are great family pets as they love to play and cuddle with people and love the attention. Gigi is a family pet.

9) Do you prefer Instagram or TikTok for content creation? Reasons why.

@gigitheschnauzer

Night night 💤 I used dog safe scent in the diffuser!!! ##fyp ##boxingday ##dog ##Australia ##viral 

♬ original sound – gigi.theminischanuzer

I like both apps. They are both great for making creative content, but I think I would have to say I like TikTok better as there are lots of ways to show creativity and it’s not all about having a good feed and perfect photos. Although I haven’t been happy with all the negativity on the app towards other creators.

10) What tips do you have for someone starting a TikTok account for their dog or pet?

@gigitheschnauzer

Saw lots of people doing these so I wanted to do a dog version! ##foryou

♬ Bath time – gigi.the.dog.house.reno

If you want to make a TikTok account for your pet, I would recommend doing the trends and don’t get discouraged if your first few videos don’t go well, just keep posting and don’t delete posts that don’t do well. Keep using popular sounds and get onto trends early, this will get you put on more For You Pages. All videos get on the For You Page, it’s just a matter of people liking and commenting so it goes on more For You Pages.

11) What other TikTok accounts do you recommend?

@gigitheschnauzer

Morning and night routine! Also after youtube it’s morning 😊

♬ original sound – gigi.the.dog.house.reno

We love @mochapom @rex_n_pheonix @thecomedycat @huxleythepandapuppy and many more, all these people have such good videos and amazing quality.

12) Finally, tells us your favourite or funniest story involving Gigi.

One time Gigi was outside and I called her in for dinner and she got very excited and didn’t realise the side gate was closed and because its glass she kept running and ran straight into the glass and banged her head! But then she just got up and pretend nothing happened. Don’t worry, we checked if she was okay!