The Standard Schnauzer Club of America describes these dogs as “Sociable … Alert … Comedian … Guard … Companion.”
The breed originated in Germany and was used for guarding families and their livestock, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). They were also adept at hunting vermin.
Nowadays Schnauzers are often seen in AKC obedience and agility rings. They make excellent service, therapy and search-and-rescue dogs.
There are three varieties of Schnauzer: Miniature, Standard and Giant. The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest of these versions and served as the prototype for the other two.
- Tough and hardy
- Intelligent and inquisitive
- Somewhat stubborn, with a great sense of dignity
- Loyal protector and good watchdog
- Cautious of strangers
- May show agression toward other dogs
- 35-45 pounds
- 17 to 20 inches at the withers (shoulder)
Family and Home Life
- Great family pet
- Excellent with children
- Very territorial and protective
- Deep bark may scare away strangers
- Will get along with cats if they’re raised together, but keep them away from pet rodents due to their vermin-hunting instincts
- Adaptable to various conditions and climates
- Strong-willed, so training should begin as early as possible
- Use positive reinforcement, as they won’t accept harsh training
Care and Exercise
- Very energetic; need a lot of regular exercise, including brisk walks a few times a day
- Uncropped, floppy ears must be cleaned regularly, especially after swimming, to avoid infection
- Double coated, with a stiff, wiry outer coat and close undercoat
- Colors are salt and pepper; black and silver; white; and black
- Usually clipped to have a beard, moustache and bushy eyebrows
- Regular grooming is needed to avoid tangles
- Little shedding
- A very healthy breed with few hereditary diseases
- Rare occurences of hip dysplasia and eye problems
- 13-16 years
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