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Schnauzer (Standard)

The Schnauzer is the middle size of the three Schnauzer breeds. They are a medium sized, strong, sturdy dog with an alert outlook. Their eyebrows, moustache and leg hair gives them a very distinctive appearance common across the sizes. Their harsh, wiry coat, with a dense undercoat, can be salt and pepper, black with silver markings, or solid black.

13 – 15 years
14 – 20kg
48.3cms for males and 45.7cms for females
Black, pepper and salt.
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Schnauzer breed can be prone to: 
- Hip dysplasia 
- Dilated cardiomyopathy which is a condition where the heart muscle becomes progressively weak and cannot beat properly.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


The Schnauzer is a strong, vigorous dog capable of great endurance who can make a fun, rewarding companion for active owners who love training and have an interest in dog sports. They can be very much a terrier at heart however, and do need consistent reward-based training along with ongoing socialisation as they do not always appreciate unannounced strangers (human or canine). A natural watchdog, they are quite vocal and will be quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory.

Did you know?

There are three sizes of Schanuzers - the Standard Schnauzer, the Giant Schnauzer and the Miniature Schnauzer.