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Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer Characteristics: The fun-loving and outgoing Standard Schnauzer is a breed of medium sized dog, classified as a member of the Working Dog Group (AKC:1904).

The Standard Schnauzer, is characterized by its muscular, robust appearance with a long, rectangular head with arched eyebrows, a bristly mustache and thick whiskers over the chin.

Other characteristics include dark brown, medium sized, oval shaped eyes; small, V-shaped, drop ears or high set, erect eras; a small, high set tail and a long, elegant gait. The temperament of the Standard Schnauzer can be described as Good-natured, Playful, Devoted.

The coat type of the Standard Schnauzer is described as hard, wiry outer coat in black, pepper & salt colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Standard Schnauzer demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog, Ratter and Guard Dog and is known by its nick name the "Rat Catcher". The origin of the Standard Schnauzer dog breed was in Germany where it was developed in the Middle Ages.

Standard Schnauzer Breed Group and Dog Type - Working Dog Group (AKC:1904): The Standard Schnauzer is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Working Dog Group (AKC:1904).

Other names for the Standard Schnauzer: The Standard Schnauzer is known by the nickname of the "Rat Catcher". Other names for this breed of dog include the Mittelschnauzer.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Standard Schnauzer" reflects the medium size of the dog and the word "Schnauzer" derives from the German word 'schnauze' meaning muzzle. (All sizes of Schnauzers have distinctive whiskers on a long-bearded muzzle). The breed name is said to have originated from one very successful dog named "Schnauzer" who was exhibited at the 3rd German International Dog Show in Hanover, Germany in 1879.

Standard Schnauzer History and Origin: The country of origin of the Standard Schnauzer breed was in Germany during the Middle Ages. The ancestors of this popular working dog were cross bred from the German Pinscher, the gray Wolfspitz (aka the Keeshond) and the black German Poodle.  

The Standard Schnauzer is featured in several paintings by the famous Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), who owned one of the dogs.  The versatile Standard Schnauzer was used primarily as a farm dog, guarding property and livestock, and gained a formidable reputation for rat hunting.

The first Schnauzers, as we know them, were then referred to as 'Wire-haired Pinschers'.  But this changed at the third German International Show in 1879, when dog breeder C. Berger from Wurtemburg entered three Wire-haired Pinschers into the show. The winner was a dog called "Schnauzer" and from that time on all dogs of this breed were called Schnauzers.

Interest in the Standard Schnauzer spread across Europe and the breed was exported to the United States in the late 1800's by German immigrants to America, inspired by employment opportunities offered during the Industrialization of America. Nearly 1.5 million German people immigrated to the United States at this time and the Standard Schnauzer was introduced to America during this period.

During WW1, the Standard Schnauzer was used in the roles of guard dogs by the German Army and dispatch carriers by the Red Cross. The Giant Schnauzer and the Miniature Schnauzer were developed by dog breeders in Germany from the original Standard Schnauzer breed. The Standard Schnauzer was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904.

Standard Schnauzer Modern History: The modern history of the Standard Schnauzer moved on and the affectionate Standard Schnauzer is now enjoyed as a lively family pet and companion.

Standard Schnauzer Height: The Standard Schnauzer breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 18 - 20 inches (46 - 51 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 17 - 19 inches (43 - 48 cm).

Standard Schnauzer Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 30 - 45 pounds (14 - 20 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 30 - 40 pounds (14 - 18 kg).

Standard Schnauzer Coat Type: The coat type is described as hard, wiry outer coat. The term "Wire" refers to coarse hair.

Standard Schnauzer Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include black, pepper & salt colors.

Standard Schnauzer Grooming - HIGH Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Standard Schnauzer are categorized as high in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The high grooming needs of the Standard Schnauzer is considered to be high-maintenance and requires almost daily brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Standard Schnauzer Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4-8 puppies. Standard Schnauzer puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Standard Schnauzer puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Standard Schnauzer Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Fun-loving, Good-natured, Playful, Devoted and Outgoing.

Standard Schnauzer Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Standard Schnauzer requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a long, elegant, agile gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.

Standard Schnauzer Diet: A fully grown Standard Schnauzer should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Standard Schnauzer Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Standard Schnauzer breed include Eye disease, Hip Dysplasia.

Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Standard Schnauzer dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).

Standard Schnauzer Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Standard Schnauzer breed is 12-15 years.

Standard Schnauzer Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Standard Schnauzer breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Standard Schnauzer names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Ranger *** Luca *** Shiloh *** Hendrik *** Zeke *** Ludwig *** Moritz *** Nico *** Tripp *** Tank.

Standard Schnauzer Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Standard Schnauzer names are Spring *** Jasmin *** Sabrina *** Pepper *** Salsa *** Tally *** Piper *** Prada *** Mia *** Mara.

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