Schnauzer – Breed profileSchnauzer – Breed profile



The Standard Schnauzer is a handsome medium-sized dog developed in


Miniature schnauzer lying on the grass

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

Classification: Working dog
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
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
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
Garden Requirements: No
Prevalence: Common


Schnauzer – Personality


The Schnauzer is an intelligent and fun dog always eager to please

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


The Schnauzer are a beautiful breed there coat needs taking care of regularly

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.



4 thoughts on “Schnauzer – Breed profile”

  1. Misael H says:

    Wow. I really do appreciate this article. The information outlined here about the Schnauzer breed is extremely helpful. I’ve done some surfing throughout your website and I must say that the information you provide is extremely valuable and I’ll be coming back for more. Thank you very much for the info and for taking the time to post something like this just for us. Somehow I feel like this was targeted for me specifically lol

  2. Matiss says:

    I had no idea there was so much to these little guys. Sounds like a really awesome, well-rounded, highly-adaptive dog breed. Personally, I’ve seen these only as apartment pets. But if I ever had one, I would want it to herd my sheep. Love the idea of it being a hunting dog as well. Gentle for kids for me is definitely a must. And being a good, fearless, protective guard dog rounds it up nicely.

    Overall, this is one of the most thorough articles I’ve read as far as a specific dog breed. You did such a good job. The general characteristic list probably needs spatial fixing… But other than that, just splendid. I appreciate it. Cheers.

  3. coralie says:

    I love dogs and the Schnauzer is such a wonderful breed.  I have a friends that have had them and absolutely love them. They are such sweet and regal dogs that always seem to carry themselves with such a swagger. 

    My friend had a Schnauzer who used to love to talk.  I swear that he could say I love you.  It was the cutest thing. 

    I was wondering with their health, how prevalant is Cushings disease in Schnauzer’s.  That is what my friends dog Meiko passed away off.
    Your post was very light and fun along with some great information for anyone looking at getting one.  Good job.

    1. Nic Castle says:

      Thank you for your post. I have had a lot of experience with Schnauzers. They are great dogs.

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