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Schnauzer Standard

Schnauzer Standard

Other Names: Mittelschnauzer
Country of Origin: Germany
Dog Group: Utility

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A Schnauzer-type dog has been represented in art and sculptures as early as the 1400’s. The Standard Schnauzer is the one that the Miniature and Giant Schnauzers evolved from, originating from southern Germany and the nearby regions of Switzerland and France. Originally it was used as a ratter, then it was discovered that they make excellent watchdogs and guards. The first breed standard for this dog was created in 1890.

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The Standard Schnauzer is a medium sized dog. The breed is sturdy and muscular, with an alert outlook. Hair on the eyebrows, moustache and legs is longer than elsewhere, giving them a very distinctive appearance. The Standard has a rectangular head and the body length equals the height at the withers.

Size Medium
Colour They can be salt and pepper, solid black or white in colour. White is not a common colour and is rarely seen in the show ring.
Coat Length Short Medium
Age Expectancy The average lifespan is about 12 years; if they live longer than this they may go on until 17 years.
Weight/Height Range Ideally dogs should measure 48.3cms at the withers and weigh 18kgs. Bitches should measure 45.7cms and weigh 16kgs.

Most of the problems that a Standard Schnauzer encounters are behavioural. A common cause of death in the older Schnauzer is heart failure.

Common ailments: Adenomas, Cardiovascular (Congenital) - Heart Murmur - Pulmonic stenosis, Eye - Conjunctivitis - Foreign body, Fatty tumours, Skin - Allergy - Food, Urogenital (Acquired) - Nephroliths (kidney stones, renal calculi)
Breed Classification The Standard Schnauzer is a member of the utility group in Britain and Australia, but in the working group in the United States. They were originally used for ratting and guarding; today they are companion dogs.

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The Schnauzer is a fairly undemanding dog feeding wise.The Schnauzer is a fairly undemanding dog feeding wise.

Food Cost $10 to $15

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Standards are lively, active dogs and they can be stubborn and wilful and need a firm hand when training. They can become one man or one family dogs and may become very territorial. They do not always get on well with other dogs or household pets. Schnauzers make ideal family pets and watchdogs, ideally suited to the active family. They are quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory, using their deep bark. Any behavioural problems can be minimised by correct socialisation and training at an early age.

Intelligence The Standard Schnauzer is an intelligent dog that is easily trained, although it does need consistent training, as it can be quite stubborn. As puppies they do require lots of socialisation and training.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children Medium
Tendency to Bark Medium
Overall Exercise Requirement Schnauzers enjoy exercise and play. However they will quite happily fall in with the family’s life style. They do like to be kept active and enjoy obedience tasks
Suitability as a Guard Dog Medium
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Other Animal Compatibility Medium

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The coat of the Standard is harsh, wiry and short with a dense undercoat. All over grooming is required at least twice a week. Hand stripping is a must for the show ring but clipping is straightforward and easy for the smart family pet.

Grooming Requirements More than once a week
Trimming Required Occassional
Amount of hair shed Little
Avg. 4.4 / Ratings: 30

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