Shih Tzu vs Standard Schnauzer

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 18 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Very Low

Best For

Shih Tzus are best for apartment dwellers, single people or families with older children. They're happier when someone is able to be home with them for most of the day.

Shih Tzu Temperament

Small in size but big on personality, the Shih Tzu is adored by everyone they meet. An agile and adaptable pet, your pint-sized pooch will love cuddling with you on the couch in front of the TV, but they’re equally happy trotting by your side in the park. A fu...

Small in size but big on personality, the Shih Tzu is adored by everyone they meet. An agile and adaptable pet, your pint-sized pooch will love cuddling with you on the couch in front of the TV, but they’re equally happy trotting by your side in the park.

A fun-loving breed, Shih Tzus enjoy playing with older children, who understand how to play gently with a small dog, and other four-legged pets as long as proper introductions have been made (they are descended from royalty after all). They aren’t known for biting, but they may bite if pushed too far in rough play. Be sure to supervise your Shih Tzu puppy around young children who may mistake this adorable pup for their favorite stuffy.

With their ability to assess situations much faster than other small breeds, the Shih Tzu is so much more than a pretty face. They make excellent watchdogs; they are always on alert for someone approaching your home and will let you know they’re coming. Even though they may exhibit a stubborn streak and require extra patience when training, they are worth the effort. Their loyalty and calm manner in all types of situations serve them in good stead as emotional support animals when their small size is not an issue.

Shih Tzu Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
13 to 16 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

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...

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 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...

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?).

Standard Schnauzer Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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