The Standard Schnauzer
Description
The Standard Schnauzer is a medium-sized, rugged, robust dog with bushy eyebrows, whiskers and a
beard. The head is long and rectangular, with a strong muzzle and a pronounced stop. The nose is
black and the eyes are oval and dark brown. The jaws meet to form a scissor bite, but a level bite is
also acceptable. The feet are small and cat-like, with arched toes. The tail and dewclaws are generally
docked at 3 days of age. Ears are cropped at 7 to 8 weeks of age and is optional. The forelegs are
very straight. The top line slopes slightly downward from the withers to the rump. The front legs must
appear straight from every angle, while his rear legs and thighs are oblique and very muscular. He has
harsh, wiry outer coat and dense, soft undercoat. The coat comes in salt & pepper, pepper & salt and
solid black.
Temperament
The Standard Schnauzer is a fearless and protective dog. It makes a great watch and guard dog, it is
lively, but not restless. High-spirited and affectionate. Clever, intelligent, demanding, and playful, Standard
Schnauzers need companionship and are good dogs to travel with. This breed has a high learning rate, but
can be quite willful and needs firm training, Standard Schnauzers may be very protective and dominant,
guarding objects, places and people from other people. The should be socialized well when they are
young to prevent over-protectiveness later in life. These energetic dogs need a owners who has the ability
to clearly demonstrate that they are the boss and not the dog. When bred with correct temperament the
Standard Schnauzer makes a wonderful family pet.
Height, Weight
Height: Dogs 18-20 inches (46-51cm) Bitches 17-19 inches(43-48cm) Weight: dogs 30-45 pounds
(14-20kg) Bitches 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg) Ideally, the height should be the same as the length,
resulting in a rather square impression.
Health Problems
This is generally a very healthy breed.
Living Conditions
The Standard Schnauzer is a good dog for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do okay without
a yard.
Exercise
The energetic dogs will take as much exercise as the can get and just love play sessions during which the
can run free in an controlled place. At very least, they should be given a long brisk daily walk. Do not
overdo it with very young pups, though, until their body frames are strong and mature.
Life Expectancy
About 10 to 15 years.
Grooming
The wiry coat is reasonably easy to look after. Brushing weekly will keep the coat well maintained. The
Schnauzer should be clipped or hand stripped every 6 to 8 weeks. A person can easily learn how to do
strip or clip in a few short lessons. The Schnauzer have no doggie odor and shed little or no hair.
Origin
The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest of the three Schnauzer breed. The are originally from a German
breed, named after the German word for muzzle, “Schnauze.” They were used to accompany coaches,
as messenger in World War I, and as vermin hunters and guards in stables and on farms. The breed
was used to watch children, and even given the name “Kinder Watcher.” Schnauzers have also been
successfully trained as livestock guardians and retriever. The breed has been portrayed in paintings and
tapestries of several European artists, including Rembrandt and Duerer, who owned one. Today, it is
esteemed as a watchdog and body guard, but above all, as a very lovable, spirited, loyal, intelligent
companion. Some of the Standard Schnauzer’s talent include: hunting, tracking, retrieving,
watchdogging, guarding, military work, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.