The Standard Schnauzer is a dog breed that originated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. The literal translation is “snouter” from the German word for “snout” and means colloquially “moustache”. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1904.
Colors: Pepper & Salt or Black
Temperament: Lively, Playful, Devoted, Good-natured, Intelligent, Trainable
The Standard Schnauzer is an outstanding companion, known for his devotion and love for family. He is also incredibly active. His boisterous spirit and keen intelligence can make him quite a handful. Obedience training is important with this breed. They are athletic, agile, and needs lots of exercise. Obedience, agility, rally, tracking, and herding can help to satisfy this need. If you don’t train your Schnauzer, it will be difficult to give him all the exercise he needs, because he will drag you all over town on the end of a leash. This breed has been referred to as “the dog with the human brain”. It is amazing to watch them as they work through problems and solve them. While they can be stubborn and manipulative, they take very well to consistent training. Schnauzers can fit into almost any lifestyle as long as they get lots of exercise and activity, and as long as they get to be part of the family.
Grooming: The Standard Schnauzer is an odorless dog which sheds very little hair. Its hard and wiry double coat needs regular grooming. The coat needs to be brushed at least 3-4 times a week, and should be stripped in every 4 to 5 months. It should be bathed only when necessary and must be dried properly after each bath. Its beard should be washed daily to remove any food remains. Its nail, and the hair around eyes, ears and paws should be trimmed regularly.
- Pet coat (less work): Cut the coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
- Show coat (more work): Strip his coat every six months and brush it daily.
Height: Male: 19–20 inches, Female: 18–19 inches
Weight: Male: 31–44 lbs, Female: 31–44 lbs