Standard Schnauzer

Description

The Standard Schnauzer is a breed with a well-developed body. The breed’s head is very distinct. It is wedge-shaped and somewhat long. It features ears that are triangular in shape and set high on its head. The ears are average in size. The breed’s muzzle is long and tapers towards the nose. It has a vague stop. The eyes are dark (usually a shade of brown) and average in size. The nose is also dark in color, but larger than average. The back is slightly sloping at the shoulders and very strong. It is shorter than it is tall. The neck is very thick and elongated to the back. The breed’s legs are muscular and medium in length. The front legs are very straight and the back legs are angled. The breed has a distinguishable coat that is wiry and very coarse. The coat is thicker at the top layer and smoother and coarse at the bottom layer. The coat is longer at the front of the legs and chin area (looks like a beard.

Temperament

The Standard Schnauzer is a breed with a significant amount of intelligence. It enjoys playing with children (not recommended for very young or very small children) and learning new games. Training is an activity that the breed enjoys. It is very well behaved and learns quickly. Its courage makes it a natural watchdog and guard dog.

Height and Weight

Male height: 18-19 inches Male weight: 40-45 pounds Female height: 17-18 inches Female weight: 35-40 pounds

Health Problems

There are some genetic health conditions in the Standard Schnauzer. The breed may develop eye conditions, such as cataracts and conjunctivitis. It is also susceptible to develop pulmonic stenosis, perianal adenoma, and retinal dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Standard Schnauzer is fine indoors or outdoors. Indoor types should have more opportunities for exercise than those that live outdoors. The breed is also fine in cold environments.

Exercise

The Standard Schnauzer is a high-energy breed that requires a significant amount of exercise. Outdoor types will generally obtain the exercise they need. Those kept indoors tend to be less energetic so they require more exercise.

Life Expectancy

The Standard Schnauzer has an average life expectancy of 15 years.

Litter Size

The Standard Schnauzer has an average litter size of 4-9 puppies.

Grooming

The Standard Schnauzer should be brushed on a regular basis. It is recommended that types that participate in show competitions are groomed professionally.

Origin

The Standard Schnauzer originates from Germany. It was first bred some time during the 1400s.

Group

Terrier

Color

The coat of the Standard Schnauzer is typically a combination of white and black.