The Standard Schnauzer is a handsome medium-sized dog developed in
Germany. With a wonderful nature and temperament, it’s no surprise that breeders worked on this breed to create two more versions – the Giant Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer. Formerly called the Wire Haired Pinscher, the Standard Schnauzer worked as a reliable farm dog before graduating to work with the police and military.
This dog is uniquely handsome with his long beard and eyebrows. With great stamina and resistance, this fearless breed is very active and needs healthy outlets for all his energy. Many who have interacted with the Schnauzer describe him as almost human with his intelligence and expressions.
General Characteristic List
|Weight Range:||Male: 35 to 50lbs
Female: 30 to 45lbs
|Height at Withers:||Male: 18.5 to 19.5 in.
Female: 17.5 to 18.5 in.
|Unique Features:||Long beard and eyebrows|
|Exercise Requirements:||60 minutes|
|Energy Level:||Highly energetic|
|Life Expectancy:||13 to 16 years|
|Tendency to Drool:||Low|
|Tendency to Snore:||No|
|Tendency to Dig:||No|
|Bred For:||Vermin control and guarding|
|Coat Length:||Medium length|
|Coat Characteristics:||Hard and wiry with soft undercoat|
|Coat Colours:||Dark iron grey, silver grey, black and silver or black|
|Overall Grooming Needs:||Moderate|
Schnauzer – Personality
The Schnauzer is a very intelligent dog that is curious and adaptable. Schnauzers have big personalities. They develop into sensible well-rounded dogs after exposure to different people, sounds and experiences from a young age.
Pleasant and mischievous, the Schnauzer carries himself with dignity. This dog is independent and can be stubborn but he is eager to please. He approaches life with focus and enjoys being engaged.
Schnauzers in the home
Playful, affectionate and devoted, this dog loves to cuddle and is protective over
family members and the home. The Schnauzer is alert and makes an excellent guard dog. He can thrive in any home including apartments. He is territorial and may be suspicious of strangers but is accepting once he realises his family is comfortable around them.
To avoid destructive behaviour, Standard Schnauzers needs mental and physical stimulation. Owners need to invest in interactive dog toys keep their Schnauzer entertained and even-tempered. This dog loves to be at the centre of all the action. He plays well with children as he is gentle and loving.
The Standard Schnauzer has highly developed senses. He is a quick study and learns fast. This courageous and energetic dog does not take well to harsh training methods and can be resentful. Training a Schnauzer requires an owner to be creative and consistently firm.
Schnauzers are known to be athletic and agile. They can be easily trained with positive reinforcement to take part in performance sports like agility. These dogs are good at hunting too and can work as land and water retrievers. Bred as farm dogs, they are excellent at herding sheep and cattle. For this feat, Standard Schnauzers hold prestigious herding titles from the American Kennel Club.
Schnauzers rarely have health issues. Some concerns that may arise include hip dysplasia and eye disease.