Standard Schnauzer

Dog Breed Profile

Standard Schnauzer

• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Moderately playful
• Moderately affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Fairly easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Very protective
• High grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold

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This naturally protective dog breed has a lively and somewhat mischievous nature. The Standard Schnauzer is very sociable and is extremely good with children and other pets. He’s robust and fun-loving, and requires daily mental and physical activity to keep his strong-willed nature in check. He’s affectionate and intelligent and a true family member who is always prepared to alert his owner to potential threats or danger.

It’s wise to start his obedience training young, as he can be headstrong, and he is best suited to an owner who has patience but is also firm. The Standard Schnauzer is devoted and spirited, and has a sturdy build that makes him agile and powerful. He requires regular grooming to keep his thick coat from matting.

  • Prefers to divide his time between the inside and great outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are his hips
  • Grooming needs include twice weekly grooming and trims four times a year
  • The Standard Schnauzer is an affectionate and friendly, devoted animal that is fairly easy to train
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, is very protective and makes a great watchdog
  • The average size of a male is 40 to 45lbs and 18.5 to 19.5 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 35 to 40lbs and 17.5 to 18.5 inches tall

Care & Health:

Be sure to give you standard schnauzer daily vigorous exercise to keep him calm and behaved indoors. The Standard Schnauzer is best suited to being able to spend his time inside and out.

Be sure to brush him at least twice a week and he’ll need trims at least four times a year.

Major Health Concerns:

– none

Minor Health Concerns:

– CHD, follicular dermatitis

Test for:

– hips

Life Span:

– 12 to 14 years

Breed History:

This Schnauzer is the oldest of Schnauzer breeds, and was the prototype for both the Giant Schnauzer and the miniature version. His lineage dates back to the 1300s, when he was used as both a hunter and even a family pet. He was adept at catching rats and as a watchdog.

In the early 1900s he was a popular companion for farmers who used them to guard their carts at market. At this time they were also becoming popular show dogs, when they were first recognized as a terrier.

During the 1st World War they were used as a dispatch carrier and aide and also for police work. Despite his intelligence the Standard Schnauzer has never achieved the same level of recognition or popularity as the other two schnauzers he helped create.

  • Family history is schnauzer, livestock guard, terrier
  • Originally from Germany
  • First bred in the Middle Ages
  • Original purpose was ratting, guardian
  • Today they are used for companions
  • Also known as mittelschnauzer