Schnauzer Standard Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- Schnauzers have a robust and compact appearance with long 'beards' and long eyebrows. They have dense undercoats and harsh, wiry outer coats with harsh hair on their legs.The Standard Schnauzer is a double coat breed. The coat is longer over the eyes and on the muzzle to form bushy eyebrows and a distinctive beard. The hair on the legs is longer than the body coat. This breed sheds little to no hair.The Standard Schnauzer is a medium sized dog. The breed is sturdy and muscular, with an alert outlook. The Standard has a rectangular head and the body length equals the height at the withers.
- Other Names:Mittelschnauzer
- Country Of Origin:Germany
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Utility
- Black or salt and pepper shades.
- Schnauzers are intelligent and alert and show loyalty to their owner. They are energetic, make great family pets and require a lot of human attention. They have the ability to learn things quickly but can become bored and may get up to mischief is boredom sets in. The Standard Schnauzer has highly developed senses and is extremely intelligent. They are exceedingly loyal, devoted and reliable. Affectionate and playful, this breed has a charming personality. They do best with older, considerate, and well-behaved children. They are not generally trustworthy with other household pets and have a tendency to be dog aggressive. This breed thrives on human companionship and does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. They are aloof and reserved with strangers and very protective of their family and territory which makes them an excellent watch or guard dog.
- Free with good reach.
- Care and training:
- The Standard Schnauzer requires daily brushing and combing to keep the under coat free of mats and tangles. A short wire brush works best. The hair around the eyes and ears must be kept trimmed. Professional all-over clipping should be done in the twice a year. It is important to clean the whiskers after meals. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary.Hand stripping is a must for the show ring but clipping is straightforward and easy for the smart family pet.
The Standard Schnauzer is an intelligent dog that is easily trained, although it does need consistent training, as it can be quite stubborn. As puppies they do require lots of socialisation and training.The Standard Schnauzer responds best to fairness, firmness, consistency, and patience. They excel in search and rescue, agility, competitive obedience, and military work. They have also been used successfully as therapy dogs.
- Overall Exercise:
- Schnauzers enjoy exercise and play. However they will quite happily fall in with the family’s life style. They do like to be kept active and enjoy obedience tasks
- Feeding Requirements:
- The Schnauzer is a fairly undemanding dog feeding wise.
- Personal Protection:Medium
- Suitability As Guard Dog:Medium
- Level of Aggression:Low
- Compatibility With Other Animals:Medium
- Suitability for Children:Medium
- Often Docked?Yes
- Average Litter Size:4-9
- Life Expectancy (yrs):12-14
- Health issues:
- Genetic eye diseases and hip dysplasia. This is a pretty healthy breed. They are the healthiest of the Schnauzer, Giant Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer.
- The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest of the Schnauzer varieties. They were originally used as an all-purpose farm dog and were good ratters. Their origins remain obscure but there is speculation that the black Poodle, the Wolfspitz, the Beaver Dog, and a rough coated German Terrier are breeds which may have played a part in the Schnauzer's early development. Others think they have evolved from the Wire-haired German Pinscher. They were primarily used for droving, stock tender, hunting vermin, pulling carts, guarding flocks and children, as well as serving the duty of a watchdog. But since they were not used for going to ground, they have a slightly different temperament than other terriers. The breed goes far back into history. In 1492 a painting was created by Albrecht Durer, titled "Madonna with the Many Animals", in which a Schnauzer was depicted. In Germany, the breed had become known to watch children in their spare time, becoming known as "kinderwachters". The Schnauzer was mainly used on farms. Back then, the Schnauzer and German Pinscher were the same breed--simply differentiates by their fur.