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Standard Schnauzer

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Standard Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer is a medium, rugged dog with bushy eyebrows, whiskers and a beard. He has a harsh, wiry outer coat and a dense, soft undercoat. Ideally, the dog's height is the same as his length, resulting in a rather square impression. The strong, arched neck should blend cleanly into the shoulders. The head is about half as long as the back from withers to tail attachment. The muzzle and top of the head should form parallel planes. The large nose is black. The dark brown eyes are medium-sized ovals. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The front legs are straight and parallel. Dewclaws should be removed on the legs. The feet are small and cat-like. The front legs must appear straight from all angles. The topline slopes slightly downward from the withers. The tail is set moderately high and carried high in excitement. It should be docked to the second or not more than the third joint. Cropping the ears is optional and they should sit erect. This breed comes in solid black or salt-and-pepper.

Temperament Standards are bold, perky, intelligent, protective, loyal and loving. They stick closely with their owners at all times. They can be feisty and fairly dog aggressive, but never intending to actually fight. This can be dangerous to the dog if they go up against a larger dog. This dominant breed needs an experienced owner. They are easy to train and need firm, consistent training with plenty of rewards. Without the proper training, Standards may bite children and do best with children over the age of 12. They are good watch dogs and mouse catchers. They should be well socialized at a young age to prevent over-protectiveness. They make great travel companions but some can be reserved with strangers.
Height, Weight Male Height: 18-20" ; Weight: 30-45 lbs.
Female Height: 17-19" ; Weight: 30-40 lbs.
Health Problems Standards are usually a healthy breed.
Living Conditions Standard Schnauzers will do fine living in an apartment. They are active indoors and will do fine without a yard.
Exercise Standards have a huge need for regular and vigorous exercise. They love play sessions where they can run free. They should have long walks every day. Make sure puppies bones are mature before long walks are taken.
Life Expectancy 15 or more years
Grooming The coat of this breed is easy to groom and only needs to be brushed weekly. Their undercoat will become matted unless it is combed or brushed weekly. Clip out knots and check under the coat often. This dog should be clipped all over to an even length about four times a year. Continual ear care is important. Trim hair around the eyes and ears with scissors and wipe around the whiskers after meals. This breed has no doggie odor and sheds little or no hair making it good for allergy sufferers.
Origin The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest of the Schnauzer breeds. They were used to accompany messengers during World War I and as a vermin hunter in stables and on farms. This breed was also given the name of "kinder watcher" because of their ability to watch children. He is a popular and much-loved companion dog throughout the world. His terrier background makes him alert and spunky, not a mellow lap dog. Today's Standard temperament has been softened so that he is a delightful and charming companion. He also excels in hunting, tracking, watchdogging, military work, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks. The Standard Schnauzer is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Working, UKC Guardian Dog