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Group: Utility - Breed Standard

Origins

The oldest of the three sizes of the Schnauzer family (Schnauzer, Miniature Schnauzer and Giant Schnauzer), the Schnauzer was first registered in Germany, where it is acknowledged to be an ancient breed.

Description

Ideal height at withers: dogs 48 cms (19 ins); bitches 45.7 cms (18 ins).

Character/Temperament

The Schnauzer has many sterling qualities and is a tough, hardy, faithful dog who delights in the company of his owner. He has a wonderful sense of humour and reserves a special corner of his heart for children. He is a guard dog with a heart of a lion who will welcome your friends yet be slightly suspicious of all strangers. He is not a fighter but is strong enough to take care of himself in such situations.

As a breed generally, they are not highly strung, however, they do need firm handling when young, otherwise they are inclined to rule their owners if allowed to do so. This point cannot be emphasised too strongly, if a Schnauzer is for you then you must be ready to spend time harnessing the dog's natural intelligence.

Breed Health

Schnauzers are normally a long lived breed, up to 15 years is not unusual, maturing slowly like the Giant, reaching their prime at around 3 years of age.

Breed Care

The Schnauzer has a harsh, dense, straight coat and wiry, shorter hair on ears, legs and paws. The head is finished with reasonably long eyebrows and a bushy beard, giving him the look for which the whole Schnauzer family is renowned. Although the Schnauzer coat does not moult, it does require regular grooming. Weekly combing of the beard and legs is necessary to keep them free from tangles, and the body coat needs stripping or clipping about every three months depending on how smart you want your dog to look. Remember, the presentation of a 'show' specimen can take hours of hard work, every week. But if you want your dog to be a smart companion you should still be prepared to do a reasonable amount of regular grooming.

Exercise

Schnauzers will take as much exercise as you can give them and still be ready for more, but will be content with a reasonable walk each day. If introduced to the car when very young, they are generally good travellers.

Training

He is extremely intelligent and can, at times, be stubborn. He will get bored by repetitive exercise but is very amenable to training and likes to be given a job to do. See our books on training

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