Standard Schnauzer vs Poodle

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

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 18 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Poodles are best for active pet parents with older kids in homes where someone will be home with them for most of the day.

Poodle Temperament

The Poodle dog breed may have gotten the short shrift in Hollywood, where they’ve been typecast as prissy, silly or neurotic. But in real life, Poodles are generally outgoing, friendly to humans and other pets and eager to please their family. But their mood can often match the moo...

The Poodle dog breed may have gotten the short shrift in Hollywood, where they’ve been typecast as prissy, silly or neurotic. But in real life, Poodles are generally outgoing, friendly to humans and other pets and eager to please their family. But their mood can often match the mood of those around them: Poodles who live in chaotic households or homes where people are barely home may resort to attention-seeking behavior, such as barking or chewing. Naturally intelligent, Poodles adapt well to training and early socialization. Poodles love their pet parents and would much rather spend time with you than be on their own all day.

Poodle 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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