The Standard Schnauzer dog breed is a medium-sized, sturdy and muscular dog with prominent eyebrows and a moustache. The coat can be black or pepper and salt. Adult males are 48cm in height ideally, and weigh about 18kg. Adult females are about 45.7cm and 16kg.
A Schnauzer dog has been represented in art and sculptures as early as the 1400s. The Schnauzer (commonly called the Standard Schnauzer) is the one that the Miniature and Giant Schnauzers evolved from, originating from southern Germany and the nearby regions of Switzerland and France. Originally it was used as a ratter, then it was discovered that they make excellent watchdogs and guards. The first breed standard for this dog was created in 1890.
Schnauzers are lively and active dogs but they do have a stubborn and wilful streak. They can become one-person or one-family dogs and may become very territorial. The Schnauzer not always get on well with other dogs or household pets and so need especially thorough socialisation and supervision. They are quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory, using their deep bark.
The Schnauzer dog breed can develop heart problems and, like most breeds, hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Screening is available.
Schnauzers enjoy exercise and play and adults need a minimum of an hour's exercise each day, preferably more. They do like to be kept active and enjoy training.
Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.
The coat of the Standard Schnauzer is harsh, wiry and short with a dense undercoat. All over grooming is required at least twice a week. Handstripping is a must for the show ring but clipping is straightforward and easy for the smart family pet.