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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.

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.

Key Facts

Lifespan: 13 – 15 years
Weight:  14 – 20kg 
Height:  48.3cms for males and 45.7cms for females 
Colours:  Black, pepper and salt.
Size:  Medium
UK Kennel Club Groups: Utility


Family-friendly: 3/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 2/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 1/5
Schnauzer Standard is playing and jumping on the grass


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.

Schnauzer Standard is smiling

History and Origins

The Schnauzer was a versatile farm dog whose ancestors have been valued in Germany since at least the 14th century. Developed as fearless workers, their many jobs included vermin killing, guarding farms, and protecting and driving livestock to market. During WW1, they found a new role as dispatch carriers for the Red Cross and as army guard dogs.

As well as a working dog, they won so many hearts as companions and show dogs, that breeders were inspired to develop two more breeds who had the same appearance and similar personalities – the Mini and the Giant Schnauzers.

Did you know?

Did you know?

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