All About the Standard Schnauzer
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The Standard Schnauzer is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 18.5 to 19.5 inches.
Weight: 40 to 45 pounds.
Females – Height: Fewer than 17.5 to 18.5 inches.
Weight: 35 to 40 pounds.
Standard Schnauzers are commonly salt-and-pepper and black.
Standard Schnauzers are smart, loving, protective and extremely loyal dogs. They can demonstrate willfulness if they are not properly trained. They are well suited to working as therapy, service, and search-and-rescue dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are a high-energy breed with medium exercise requirements!
They need brisk daily workouts, either in the form of a vigorous backyard game or a long walk. They also love to go off their leashes to explore in safe environments.
- Standard Schnauzers have a double coat that is thick and wiry on top and soft on the bottom.
- They are a high-maintenance grooming breed, requiring twice-weekly brushes and a professional cut every few months. Their most distinctive characteristics are their arched eyebrows, long whiskers and mustaches, which give them the appearance of a dignified old man.
- They have a quick, powerful stride.
12 to 14 years
Standard Schnauzers are a generally healthy breed. Their most common health concerns are canine hip dysplasia and follicular dermatitis.
Standard Schnauzers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
Standard Schnauzers make very good family dogs, and they are remarkably good with kids. They are also good with other household pets. However, they can be aggressive toward unfamiliar animals, including other dogs.
- Standard Schnauzers are the oldest Schnauzer breed, and the dog is usually what people think of when they refer to a Schnauzer.
- They date back to the 14th century when they were used as hunters and family pets. They particularly excelled at hunting rats.
- Standard Schnauzers have been used frequently in police work, although not as often as their cousins, the Giant Schnauzer.