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The Standard Schnauzer is a medium-sized dog that is the prototype for the Giant and Miniature Schnauzers. Developed in southern Germany, it is believed that his ancestry includes the German Pudel, the old Wire-haired Pinscher, and the German Wolf-Spitz. The word "Schnauzer" means muzzle and refers to the characteristic beard that accentuates the muzzle of the breed. A terrier in appearance, he was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in that Group but was later moved to the Working Group because of his original purpose as a cattle drover and guard dog. He was also used to hunt rats and weasel, as well as water fowl.
The Standard Schnauzer is high spirited with extreme reliability. Alert and energetic, he is a good companion and house pet if offered plenty of opportunity for exercise.
The Standard Schnauzer is a heavy-set dog of a terrier type. The head is rectangular in shape with a slight narrowing at the eyes. Total length of the head is one-third the length of the dog from withers to tail set. The width of the skull is no more than two-thirds the length. The forehead is flat without wrinkles. The ears are v-shaped and generally cropped to stand erect. If not cropped, they are carried close to the head. The eyes are medium in size, dark brown and oval. The brow is arched and wiry. The nose is black. The jaw is powerful and square with a scissors bite. The overall build of the body is square. The neck is strong and slightly arched. The shoulders are strong and muscular. The chest is moderately broad with a discernable chest bone. The back is straight and short. The legs are straight. The tail is set moderately high and docked to the second joint. It is carried erect. The coat is double with a soft undercoat. The outercoat is hard and wiry and stands away from the body. It is no more than one inch long except where for the eyebrows, mustache and whiskers. Coat color is pepper and salt or solid black. A small white spot on the breast is acceptable. Average height is between seventeen and twenty inches. Average weight is between thirty-two and thirty-four pounds.
orthoRN@webtv.net of Chicago, IL writes:
Just like a Porsche, Standard Schnauzers are not for everyone.
Just like a Porsche, SS are classy but come with a price. SS are NOT couch potatoes, they require and demand exercise. This breed is happiest when they are at work. If not used as a working dog, but a pet, the owner needs to MAKE time to play hard with this incredible dog! They are real hams for attention, and love to be the center of attention. My SS would pack his doggie bags any day to just be around children..A child can approach him any time without hesitation, but an adult, be wary. SS are superb watchdogs. A neighbor came over to my house and knocked on the door, my SS growled at her, although he knew her, he also knew that she did not live in this house, therefore, she did not belong! I told the neighbor to come into the house, which she did, but could not move any place beyond the front door..My SS kept her from going any further. He is very good with other dogs, but some males he just does not care for. The grooming is heavy and requires practice, providing you will show him.. Once a person sees a SS in show coat, they will never want a shaved, clipped dog again; the coat is flashy and very unique. Not everyone has this dog ... not everyone should have this dog. He is beyond intelligent, he understands without being scolded in a loud voice. Playtime is a must; if you don't have the time for play, then a SS is not for you. As a watchdog, I'd match him against some of the best! It's important to start obedience when your SS is still a puppy. If one waits too long to get their SS in obedience the obedience will be by the SS. He will rule a household. The owner must be firm, but loving and silly as well. I had Miniature Schnauzers for years; after experiencing heartbreaking illnesses with the Minis, I decided to research the SS. I visisted many breeders, looked at the dogs on the grounds and made my decison. I probably will never have another breed after having the SS. Regal, flashy, intelligent, strong-willed,
demands your time and attention but will give to a person tenfold what they put into this wonderful breed.
email@example.com of Tulsa, OK writes on 8./11.01:
I lost my heart to a Standard Schnauzer.
After many years of being without a dog, and after much research into breeds, I chose a SS, smart, funny, enjoyable, easy care, and I fell in love he was my best friend and loyal companion and endured dog showing just for me, he just loved winning and the car ride, he also was diagnosised and put to sleep at 18 months of a genetic heart condition DCM, this dog was happy and wanted nothing more than to be with me and please me till his last moment of life, he was my life, I lived and breathed till I came home everyday to my SS, I miss his company his protection and his goofiness. He understood sentences, I hope to find another Standard Schnauzer, to complete my life again.
firstname.lastname@example.org of Colorado writes on 3/3/01:
Not for everyone.
Admittedly, the SS is NOT a dog for everyone. Dummies need not apply to be the caretaker of any of the Schnauzers. They are a super-intelligent breed (I know, everyone thinks their breed is intelligent) but the Schnauzer is known as the 'dog with the human brain.' Most folks have heard about George the 'cancer-sniffing' Schnauzer ... what a dog! Schnauzers are 'wired' differently and if you don't respect that fact and act accordingly I could see how your experience with a Schnauzer could be less than pleasant. I have had miniature Schnauzers for about 25 years and 3 years ago acquired a Standard Schnauzer. She was a super puppy. Cute, smart, willing, playful. The only downside was that she grew up too fast. Grow she did, into one of the most beautiful animals I've ever seen. The key with any Schnauzer is training ... every interaction with a puppy can be a fun, learning experience and you must remember that the cute little pup will be a 35-50 pound adult and not allow it to do things you wouldn't want the 'adult version' doing. The SS is very even-tempered and wonderful with children. We don't have kids but she just seems to know how to behave around our neices and nephews. She also adores our minis and is good with other dogs and thinks all people are on the planet to love her. She has boundless energy (which could be a problem for some) but you need to be aware of what a breed was originally intended to do before you bring it home. The SS is a working dog. I believe it is one of the most versatile breeds and with proper training/encouragement could be capable of just about anything. The SS is very hardy and healthy and because it is not an overly popular breed has very few inheritable disorders at this point in time.
Grooming takes time/practice but is well with the effort. If you decide on a Schnauzer it is partly because of his appearance and it is only fair to the dog if you maintain that smart appearance. I spend about 2 hours/week keeping my dogs coat in SHOW condition. The SS has a 'low-shed' coat that shouldn't drop hairs if maintained at the proper length. They don't have a doggy odor... the only aroma I've 'sniffed' on our SS is reminiscent of 'Fritos' ... that I can live with! I feel fortunate to share my life with Schnauzers.
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