Breeds 101



A vigilant guard, this is the original bred which miniature and giant breeds later evolved.

There are three Schnauzers — Miniature, Standard, and Giant. The Standard Schnauzer is the prototype. It may be the result of crossings between Wire-Haired Pinschers, black German Poodles, and Gray Wolf Spitz.

Once a ratter as well as a guard, the Schnauzer is often classified as a terrier. The breed originated in southern Germany and adjacent regions of Switzerland and France, and was once known as the Schnauzer-Pinscher.

With early jobs that included guard, rat catcher, and yard dog, the Standard Schnauzer went on to work with German police and as dispatch carriers and Red Cross aides.

Today it is kept primarily as a companion, but Schnauzer remains an excellent livestock dog too.
It learns obedience reasonably easily, and can be trained to retrieve both on land and water.

Medium; females 171⁄2 to 181⁄2 inches, around 35 pounds; males 181⁄2 to 191⁄2 inches, around 45 pounds.

Color: Pepper and salt, or black.

Temperament: Bold, lively, and fun loving; headstrong (training exercises channel such traits toward positive behaviors). Good at obedience, agility, and tracking.

High energy level.

Active, confident owner with a fenced yard are best owner for Schnauzer.

Needs: Daily exercise (runs, games, agility courses), training, socialization, twice-weekly combing and quarterly professional shaping.

Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years.