Schnauzer – Standard

Standard Schnauzer (8 years) in front of a white background

A medium sized, robust dog with lots of energy. Intelligent, fearless, loyal, affectionate, alert, energetic and strong willed. They get on well with children but need firm training and high exercise. Not recommended for first time dog owners.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium to high. Will do as much exercise as you do. However needs to be kept mentally and physically stimulated otherwise can become bored, destructive and barky. Around 1.5 hours a day and in all weathers.

Size: 17-20 inches

Weight: 35-45 lbs

Colour: Grey, black, shades of grey and white, grey and cream

Town or Country: Both

Low Allergy:

Best Suited for: Moderately to active families with older children, singles and couples, who can invest in training to maximise this breed’s potential, and who would like a protective watch dog.

Group: Utility/non-sporting

Originally From: Southern Germany, 15th century

Original Purpose: Working. Guarding farms, herding, killing vermin and protecting farmers on the way to market.

Living Space: Medium to high. A good sized garden is a must.

Coat: Medium, coarse and wiry

Grooming: Medium. Requires regular brushing and combing with special attention to the long hair to avoid mats and tangles. Dead hair must be hand stripped twice per year

Children: Medium. Older and more considerate children.

Sociability with strangers: Low, possibly medium. Must be socialised early. Is wary of strangers and protective of their environment.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Medium, possibly low. Their guarding heritage means they may not get on well with other household pets.

Trainability: Medium. Intelligent, but strong willed. Must be actively obedience trained at an early age. Must use challenging, upbeat and reward-based training methods. Often excels at conformation, obedience, agility, herding and tracking competitions.

Noise Level: High. Is alert to new things and will guard and protect. Makes a very good watchdog.

Known Health Issues: Mostly heart issues. Rare conditions are kidney stones and a particular type of skin condition affecting the follicles. They can suffer skin allergies particularly to food/fleas, and conjunctivitis.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Special Needs: Hip dysplasia and eye disease (such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and “dry eye”). Ask to see breeders hip and eye scoring results.

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