Bold and lively, the standard schnauzer is a fun-loving companion and guardian. He is clever and headstrong, and unless given daily physical and mental exercise, he can be mischievous. He does best with a firm, patient parent. He is a devoted family dog and very reliable with children. He is good with other family pets. He can be reserved with strangers, sometimes acting suspicious and protective.
Standard Schnauzer Dog Care
The standard schnauzer needs daily exertion, either a long walk on leash, a vigorous game or an off-lead outing in a safe area. He is better off dividing his time between house and yard. His harsh coat needs combing twice weekly, plus professional scissoring and shaping four times yearly. Shaping is done by clipping or stripping.
Standard Schnauzer Dog Health
Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: CHD, follicular dermatitis
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: hip
Life span: 12-14 years
Interested in the history of the Standard Schnauzer dog breed?
The standard schnauzer is the prototypical schnauzer, the oldest of the three breeds. Definite evidence of the breed exists from as early as the 14th century; even then, he was appreciated as a household pet and hunting companion. The breed is a fortuitous blend of terrier, working and hunting stock, most likely derived from crossing wirehaired pinschers with black German poodles and gray wolf spitz. The result was a hardy rat catcher that also functioned as a capable guard dog. By the beginning of the 20th century, standard schnauzers were the most popular dogs for guarding farmers' carts at the marketplace while the farmers were elsewhere. The first schnauzers entered the show ring as wirehaired pinschers at an 1879 German show. Their smart looks quickly enamored them to the dog fanciers, and they became very popular as show dogs by 1900. Although the first schnauzers had come to America by this time, they were slower to catch on with American dog fanciers. The breed was initially classified as a terrier, but he was later reclassified as a working dog. Their alert and intelligent nature gained them a role as dispatch carrier and aide during World War I. Like the larger giant schnauzer, the standard schnauzer was also used in police work. Only after World War II did he gain more public attention; even so, he has not achieved the popularity of the other schnauzers.