• 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.
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.
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.