Schnauzer Standard

Sturdy and muscular, the Schnauzer Standard stand tall with a regal bearing about them that just can't be ignored. Their feathering on the chest, legs and tail, along with their bearded and long-eye browed face make them distinctive in their appearance. They have a wiry coat, pointed ears, but always have dark brown eyes with black rims that hold an intelligence that only their owners can really understand. It is said that the grooming of their facial features will closely resemble that of their owners, so take a look next time you see one!

Other Names
Mittelschnauzer
Country of Origin
Germany
Colour
Standards come in salt and pepper, a grey and white, black and silver, solid black and there are some entirely white Schnauzer Standards, though these are not often shown.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
Height 48.3cms at the withers and weigh 18kgs. Bitches height 45.7cms and weigh 16kgs.
Health
Most of the problems that a Standard Schnauzer encounters will be behavioural. A common cause of death in the older Schnauzer is heart failure. You should look for healthy puppies and we wary of skin allergies, eye problems like conjunctivitis as well as kidney issues.
Life Span
12-14 years
Intelligence
The Schnauzer Standard is an intelligent dog, who likes to challenge you to get its own way. They like to please, and respond well to reward based training though can become bored if it becomes too repetitive. The Standard is happy to spend some time alone, but should have something to keep them occupied. You will need to be firm and consistent to counter their headstrong natures and the younger you socialise and train the better.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The Schnauzer is a fairly undemanding dog feeding wise. They will happily eat wet or dry food.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The Standard is a lively dog who love to play and fit in with their family's lifestyle. A walk a day is sufficient but they'll happily have more if it's on offer. Bred as a ratter, they will enjoy chasing and retrieving as a form of exercise.
Ailments
Most of the problems that a Standard Schnauzer encounters will be behavioural. A common cause of death in the older Schnauzer is heart failure. You should look for healthy puppies and we wary of skin allergies, eye problems like conjunctivitis as well as kidney issues.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The coat of the Standard is harsh, wiry and short with a dense undercoat. All over grooming will be required at least twice a week. Hand stripping is necessary if you want to show your dog but clipping is straightforward and easy for the well-groomed family pet!

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
Occasional
A dog resembling a Schnauzer has been seen in art and sculpture since the 1400s. The Standard is unsurprisingly the original Schnauzer and its smaller and larger breeds came afterwards. The Standard Schnauzer has its origins in Southern Germany, Switzerland and France. The breed was originally used as a ratter, before becoming guard dogs and watchdogs due to their deep bark and strong stance. The breed standard for the Schanuzer came about in 1890.


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