The Standard Schnauzer!

The Standard Schnauzer breed began in Germany where it is known as the Mittelschnauzer. It is a handsome dog with aristocratic features that it has become a favorite subject among painters including Durer and Rembrandt. Its long, rectangular head has bushy eyebrows, whiskers, and a strong muzzle (the German translation of muzzle is “schnauze”, which is where it got its name from). Its forelegs are straight. It has a harsh outer coat but its undercoat is soft and dense. Its coat color is either black or salt and pepper. This breed is often referred to as the “dog with a human brain”. It combines intelligence with a happy disposition and spirited energy.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
15+ years

Energy Level:
Higher than average.

Living Conditions:
Fine for apartments.


Exercise Needs:
Brisk, daily walk.

Breed Group:


18 to 20 inches

30 to 45 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Black or salt and pepper.

National breed club:
Standard Schnauzer Club of America

Standard Schnauzer Skills

The Standard Schnauzer played a significant role in the early times. It served as messengers during the World War 1. Later on, it became a utilitarian farm animal as vermin hunters and guards in farms and stables. With its intelligence and hardworking traits, it is commonly used to guard not only the house but the kids as well. Indeed, it is a popular watchdog and bodyguard. This breed has a long list of skills, which include tracking, hunting, retrieving, guarding, obedience and agility trials, military duty, and even trick performances.

Standard Schnauzer Personality

The Standard Schnauzer is very affectionate and a great companion especially when traveling around. Being an intelligent dog, It is quick to learn and willing to play. It is always lively but not to the point of being restless. Thus, it is an ideal pet and watchdog for the house and the kids. However, this dog needs proper training for it can be can be over-protective of things, places, and humans.

Exercise Needs

This breed, being naturally active, will need at least a long brisk daily walk. This dog is highly energetic and therefore should be given activities that would release such energy and enthusiastic spirit.

Living Conditions

The Standard Schnauzer will do fine in an apartment since it is active even indoors.

Grooming Requirements

Its undercoat can be prone to matting and will require regular brushing and clipping.

Health Issues

The Standard Schnauzer is a generally healthy breed, with no known serious health issues.

If you liked this dog…

...for its loving and playful character, you may pick a Wirehaired Fox Terrier instead. The latter, though, has a white coat with black or brown markings. But it has the same affectionate and energetic spirit, but in a slightly smaller body. If you want a bigger breed, try the Giant Schnauzer, its larger version.


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