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Standard Schnauzer

A German farm dog bred to guard livestock and catch vermin, the Standard Schnauzer has a hardy, athletic body marked by a bearded nose and bushy eyebrows. A natural protector, this territorial breed is an excellent watchdog. The lively Standard Schnauzer needs several brisk walks daily, and his coarse, lightly shedding coat should be brushed regularly to avoid mats and stripped at least twice a year.

DID YOU KNOW? The Standard Schnauzer is the original and oldest of the Schnauzer breeds, which includes the Miniature and Giant Schnauzers. The breed’s name is derived from the German word “schnauze,” which means “muzzle.”

ALSO KNOWN AS: Mittelschnauzer, Schnauzer, Wirehair Pinscher

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks, alerts and it's physically protective
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Good with older children, Not hypoallergenic, Suitable for apartment living
  • Size: Medium
  • Height: Males – 46 to 51 centimetres at the shoulder, Females – 43 to 48 centimetres at the shoulder
  • Weight: Males – 18 to 20.5 kilograms, Females – 16 to 18 kilograms
  • Coat: Short or wirehaired
  • Energy: High
  • Colour: Black or salt and pepper
  • Activities: Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Herding, Tracking, Search and Rescue, Therapy
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Both


Schnauzers are lively and active dogs but they do have a stubborn and wilful streak. They can become one-person or one-family dogs and may become very territorial. The Schnauzer not always get on well with other dogs or household pets and so need especially thorough socialisation and supervision. They are quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory, using their deep bark.

History and Origins

A Schnauzer dog has been represented in art and sculptures as early as the 1400s. The Schnauzer (commonly called 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.

Health and Common Issues

Exercise Needs

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Schnauzer Standard

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