Standard Schnauzer Dog Breed
The Standard Schnauzer is a very earnest little breed of dog – they are very friendly and love socializing with people and with other schnauzers, but are often not that interested in playing with other dogs… they would choose a person every time! They are a great pet for most households and are easy to train both on the lead and off. Their little beards and whiskers look very cute after they have been clipped. This sizes comes in 2 colour varieties – ‘salt’n’pepper’ and ‘black’. In order to maintain the traditional bearded look, these dogs will require regular clipping, but are still gorgeous without clipping.
It is an ancient breed, with historical references to it dating back to as early as 1492. They were previously known as “wire-haired pinschers”, but the name was changed in 1879 in Hanover to the name of an exhibition’s winning dog-“Schnauzer”.
The Standard breed was originally bred as a sheepdog, but has also had roles such as guard dog on the wagons of travelling merchants in the 15th and 16th Centuries and watchdogs of the family home. Because of this heritage the breed is particularly alert to out of the ordinary noises and will be sure to alert the household to any strange goings on.
The average lifespan is around 13 years, but they can live for up to 15 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.
They usually grow to about 43-49 cm in height and weigh between 14 and 20 kgs in peak condition.