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.


Origins

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.


Life Expectancy

About 10 to 15 years.

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.

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.

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.

Living Conditions

The Standard Schnauzer is a good dog for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

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.