The Standard Schnauzer is said to be the first of the three Schnauzer breeds from which the other two (Giant and Miniature) originated. Its name Schnauzer is the German meaning for the English word snout all because of the bearded or mustached snout this canine has. Some of the distinct features of the Schnauzer include a robust, sturdy and muscular body with a square built, rectangular head which is somewhat elongated, oval, dark brown eyes, bearing an intelligent and spirited expression, high set, well-shaped ears, strong muzzle and a tail of moderate size carried in an erect manner.
|Other names||Mittelschnauzer, Schnauzer
Wire-Haired Pinscher (presently obsolete)
|Coat||Tight, hard, wiry and thick where the undercoat is soft and close and the outer coat is harsh|
|Color||Black, pepper and salt|
|Average lifespan||13 to 16 years|
|Size (How big do they get)||Medium|
|Height||Male: 18.5 to 19.5 inches; Female: 17.5 to 18.5 inches|
|Weight||Male: 35 to 50 pounds; Female: 30 to 45 pounds|
|Litter size||4 to 8 puppies|
|Behavioral traits||Fearless, spirited, smart, intelligent, inquisitive, robust|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Barking tendency||Loud and robust especially when it senses a threat|
|Shedding (Do they shed)||Minimal|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||AKC, ANKC, ACR, ACA, APRI, CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), CKC (Continental Kennel Club), FCI, DRA, NZKC, NAPR, KCGB, KC (UK)|
This indeed is an ancient breed which had been developed as early as the 14th or 15th centuries since they have been depicted in paintings of that time. These were versatile dogs employed for diverse purposes like guarding livestock and property, killing rodents, and being the farmer or merchant’s protector on their journey to and from the marketplace. Some historians were of the notion that they shared their lineage with the German Pinscher, a rough-coated version of the breed. It was also said to have been crossed with the gray Wolf Spitz and black German Poodle from which it derived its pepper and salt as well as black coat. Initially, it was known as Wire-haired Pinscher, though later it came to be known and recognized by the name Schnauzer.
Not just their country of origination, their popularity spread in Europe too. Though they were said to enter into the United States of America in 1899 perhaps being brought by the European settlers, the first recorded import was not before 1905.
Schnauzer x American Eskimo = Eskimo Schnauzer
Schnauzer x Basset Hound = Bowzer
Schnauzer x Bichon Frise = Chonzer
Schnauzer x Bolognese = Bolonauzer
Schnauzer x Cairn Terrier = Carnauzer
Schnauzer x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel = King Schnauzer
Schnauzer (Giant) x Chin = Giant Schnauzer Chin
Schnauzer (Miniature) x Chin = Miniature Schnauzer Chin
Schnauzer (Standard) x Chin = Standard Schnauzer Chin
Schnauzer x Chinese Crested = Crested Schnauzer
Schnauzer x Border Collie = Border Schnollie
Schnauzer x Boston Terrier = Miniboz
Schnauzer x Brussels Griffon = Sniffon
Schnauzer x Affenpinscher = Schnauffen
Schnauzer x Airedale Terrier = Schnairedale
Schnauzer (Miniature) x Bolognese = Mini Bolonauzer
Schnauzer (Standard) x Bolognese = Standard Bolonauzer
Schnauzer (Giant) x Bolognese = Giant Bolonauzer
Schnauzer x Australian Shepherd = Confetti Australian Shepherd
Schnauzer x Cocker Spaniel = Schnocker
Schnauzer x Corgi = Schnorgi
Schnauzer x Coton de Tulear = Coton Schnauzer
Schnauzer x Dachshund = Miniature Schnoxie
Schnauzer x Doberman Pinscher = Dobie Schnauzer
Schnauzer x English Bulldog = Bulldog Schnauzer
Schnauzer x French Bulldog = Miniature French Schnauzer
These lively, enthusiastic dogs make for a perfect family pet because of its protective and affectionate nature. They are firm guard dogs and do not wait for a second to alert their owners with a robust, deep-sounded bark the moment they see an intruder in their domain or sense any probable threat.
However, once you welcome the stranger, they would accept him too. They crave for attention, and, love to be the cynosure of all eyes. Because of their friendly nature, they get along well with children, and this demeanor of theirs have earned them the name “kinder watcher.” Since they were farm dogs, the Standard Schnauzers can adapt to varying climatic conditions. They might develop a friendly rapport with the dogs of the family but not with outside canines since they are highly territorial. If you have pet rats or other rodents at home keep them miles away from these rat catchers.
They can be stubborn and strong-willed, needing a firm handler to groom them well so that they can turn out to be disciplined dogs with a pleasant personality.
Dry dog food on a regular basis coupled with a homemade diet is what they need to be healthy.