Thinking about purchasing an Standard Schnauzer? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Standard Schnauzer breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Standard Schnauzer owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Standard Schnauzer and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Standard Schnauzer Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Standard Schnauzer and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Standard Schnauzer Profile
The Standard Schnauzer is in the middle of the Schnauzer family with the Giant Schnauzer being larger and the Miniature Schnauzer smaller. They are referred to in Germany as "Mittelschnauzer", with "schnauze" meaning muzzle, and "mittel" probably referring to their size. They are attractive, robust, intelligent and playful dogs who make good companions and are generally good with children. Standard Schnauzers' ears are usually cropped in the US, but in Britain, it is illegal to crop the ears. Standard Schnauzers are medium sized, making them fine for the apartment or for a yard. They are very clean, have good habits and aren't particularly interested in wandering away from home. They are devoted to family and will strive to protect them. They are alert, spirited and eager to please. The Standard Schnauzer is loyal and very intelligent, and is accustomed to being the watchdog and guardian. They are not trustworthy with smaller animals, however, due to their high prey drive. They do get along well with other dogs and pets of the same size, however. In the past, some Schnauzers have been known to "watch over" children in their spare time. Schnauzers are more of a one-person dog, but can be accustomed to a family. An interesting fact about the Standard Schnauzer is that they generally don't have any "doggy" smell. Another interesting piece of history is that originally the Schnauzer and the German Pinscher were the same breed. Wirehaired pups would be called Schnauzers (meaning "muzzle"), while smooth coated pups were called Pinschers. Today they are bred as separate breeds, however. Upbeat and obedient, the Standard Schnauzer makes a delightful little companion with a size that is "just right".
Other Names: Mittelschnauzer
Type: Herding Dog
Height: 17.5 -
and salt, solid black and black and silver.
Schnauzers are robust and active. They are lively, very friendly, and affectionate.
Standards are very intelligent, alert and react to quick movements, making them
excellent watchdogs. They are also excellent guard dogs. Schnauzers are loyal
to family and eager to please. They get along well with other people and other
dogs, but not small animals, as they have a high prey drive. They are spirited,
outgoing and demanding of games. Time for these dogs is simply more chances
to play games.
Watch-dog: Very High. Schnauzers
react to quick actions around them, making them alert and on the lookout.
Standard Schnauzer Care and Exercise:
Brush the wiry coat of the Standard Schnauzer daily with a short wire
brush to prevent matting. Pet dogs can be clipped and show dogs should be stripped
and plucked twice a year. Trim around the eyes and ears with blunt-nosed scissors
and clean whiskers after meals. Standard Schnauzers love to run at a fast pace.
They require daily exercise consisting of brisk walks and off the leash play
Activity: Indoors - Very
High. Outdoors - Very High.
Standard Schnauzer 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.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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