Standard Schnauzer

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Get the facts on the Standard Schnauzer—confident, loyal and loving—this friendly dog is ready to join you on adventure.

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
13 to 16 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Temperament:
Problem SolversDependableFull Of Energy
Coat Color:
Pure BlackSalt And Pepper

Best For

Standard Schnauzers are best for experienced pet parents who have the time and interest to invest in regular training. With proper socialization, the Standard Schnauzer breed is a good with kids and other pets. They can thrive in smaller homes and apartments as long as their pet parent keeps them physically and mentally stimulated with frequent walks and varied activities.

Standard Schnauzer Traits

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Standard Schnauzer Temperament

No one has ever accused you of being insecure—your confidence is one of your best qualities. And as such, you need a canine companion who is equally self-assured. Enter the Standard Schnauzer. Known for exuding confidence, these dignified dogs also harbor deep wells of playfulness and energy.

Standard Schnauzers are not considered to be an aggressive breed, but they do have a tendency to sound the bark alarm at passing strangers, and, along with their characteristic wariness of people they don’t know, they make excellent watchdogs. They’re not known as having biting tendencies, but they can get nippy, and there are certain things—teasing from children, for example—they simply will not tolerate. A Standard Schnauzer’s compatibility with others (both two- and four-legged friends) hinges on early socialization.

Standard Schnauzers’ competency is high; they learn things quickly, and they remember everything, both good and bad. (Sorry, they’re not going to let you live down the time you tried to bring perms back.) They are also high-spirited and will run circles around you—literally and figuratively—if you let them. Consistent, positive reinforcement training will help your Standard Schnauzer be their best self.

Bred to be Germany’s best all-round farm dog, Standard Schnauzers are their happiest, truest selves when they have a job, whether it’s as the family watchdog, a canine athlete who excels at obedience, agility or herding, or doing tasks around the house (laundry anyone?).

How to Care for a Standard Schnauzer

It’s a fact that Standard Schnauzers have an independent streak, but they will need a lot of care and attention from their pet parent in order to develop in the best possible way. Training, such as obedience training and puppy classes, should begin early, and as pet parents, you will need to think of creative ways to engage Standard Schnauzers mentally and physically throughout their lives. Grooming will also be a big part of your life, so grab a brush and get ready!

Standard Schnauzer Health

Standard Schnauzers have a lifespan of 13 to 16 years and are generally considered very healthy breed. Of course, there are still health issues to watch out for to keep your pal healthy.

  • Heart Disease: Standard Schnauzers can be prone to dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, where the heart becomes large, thin and weak. Symptoms vary, but can include appetite loss, pale gums, coughing and difficulty breathing. If found early, the condition can be treated with medication.
  • Cancer: Because Standard Schnauzers typically live a long life, they can develop cancer like hemangiosarcoma, a cancer that affects the cells of the blood vessels, in their later years. Tumors can form in the spleen and other organs and can break open and cause internal bleeding. An external sign is red or black skin growths. Some cancers can be treated with chemotherapy.
  • Bladder or Kidney Stones: Standard Schnauzers can develop painful bladder and kidney stones. If they have trouble urinating or there is blood in their urine, call your vet to discuss treatment options, including dissolving the stones with a special diet, non-surgical removal with a catheter and surgical removal.
  • Dysplasia: This inherited disease can cause joints to develop improperly and results in arthritis. Stiffness in elbows or hips can develop as your Standard Schnauzer matures. Watch for lameness in their legs or difficulty getting up from lying down. Dysplasia can be treated with surgery.

Standard Schnauzer History

The Schnauzer breed originated in Germany, and specifically Bavaria in southeast Germany where, during the Middle Ages, they were originally bred for working on farms. They were designed to be multitaskers capable of hunting, herding and guarding their property.

This distinct breed also appeared in German artwork in the 15th and 16th centuries. The name is a nod to their bearded muzzle or schnauze, and those wiry beards actually have a purpose—protecting the Standard Schnauzer’s muzzle from the vermin they would hunt on the farm. The breed, at the time known as the Wire-Haired Pinscher (it was considered the wire-haired version of the German Pinscher), was first shown in Germany in the late 19th century, around the 1870s, and it became widely known in the US after World War I. In Europe, the German army used Standard Schnauzers as Red Cross aids.

The American Kennel Club recognized the Standard Schnauzer in 1904, and the Schnauzer Club of America was formed in 1925. Are you looking to add a Standard Schnauzer puppy as a pet to your family? You can find a list of reputable breeders on the American Kennel Club’s website. What’s the average Standard Schnauzer price? Expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500 for a purebred puppy. But for that price, you’re likely getting a pup who’s been screened for health and temperament issues and may come with pedigree papers. You can also reach out to pet rescue organizations to adopt a Standard Schnauzer, or keep an eye out for one at your local animal shelter.

FAQs

Are Schnauzers hypoallergenic?

Standard Schnauzers are considered to be a hypoallergenic breed because they have low dander coats that don’t shed. Like humans, a Schnauzer’s hair would grow to the ground if you let it. The coats require regular grooming and/or hand plucking to maintain.

Are Schnauzers terriers?

No, Standard Schnauzers aren’t terriers, although the Miniature Schnauzer is part of the Terrier group (terriers bred to hunt vermin). The Standard Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer are part of the Working group, which includes dogs bred to do a job, like work with farmers or search and rescue.

Are Schnauzers good with kids?

Standard Schnauzers can be good with children. They’re playful, loyal and protective, but it’s essential that they have positive interactions with kids when they’re puppies. It’s also important to teach children the best ways to interact with dogs like the Standard Schnauzer. Kids should never be allowed to invade a dog’s space without seeing if the dog is happy with it first.

How do you pronounce Schnauzer?

Schnauzer, taken from the German word meaning “snout,” is pronounced schn-OW-zehr.

What are the most popular Schnauzer names?

Some of the most popular Standard Schnauzer names are Bella, Max, Charlie, Pepper, Luna, Lucy, Molly and Sophie. Get more dog names here.

What are the most common Schnauzer mixes?

The most common Standard Schnauzer breed mixes are:

  • Schnauzer-Poodle mix (Schnoodle)
  • Schnauzer-Yorkshire Terrier mix (Snorkie)
  • Schnauzer-Chihuahua mix (Chizer)
  • Schnauzer-Shih-Tzu mix (Schnau-Tzu)
  • Schnauzer-Dachsund mix (Schnoxie)
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Top Takeaways

With chart-topping intelligence, Standard Schnauzers like a daily mental challenge to go along with their motto of work hard, play hard. Not one to be mistaken for a couch potato, Standard Schnauzers are perfect if you’re an active pet parent who loves to experience life with a canine companion by their side. With the attention and training they need and deserve, Standard Schnauzers will be an affectionate and loyal member of your pack for a lifetime.

Expert input provided by board certified veterinary behaviorist Amy Peck and certified animal behaviorist and dog trainer Russell Hartstein, CDBC, CPDT-KA, also the founder of Fun Paw Care, LLC.

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