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Standard Schnauzer Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Standard Schnauzer so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany
Other Names
What other names does the Standard Schnauzer have? The dog breed also known as...
Mittelschnauzer, Schnauzer, Wirehair Pinscher
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Standard Schnauzer recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Standard Schnauzer recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Standard Schnauzer breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAustralian National Kennel CouncilCanadian Kennel ClubContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Standard Schnauzer puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Standard Schnauzer price:
$1200-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Standard Schnauzer, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Standard Schnauzer for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Standard Schnauzer gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Standard Schnauzer size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Standard Schnauzer weigh? Standard Schnauzer weight:
Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Standard Schnauzer? Standard Schnauzer average weight:
Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height
How tall is the Standard Schnauzer? Standard Schnauzer height:
Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Standard Schnauzer average height:
Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Standard Schnauzer have? What does this canine coat look like?
Wiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Standard Schnauzer's coat?
Pepper SaltBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Standard Schnauzer and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Standard Schnauzer requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Standard Schnauzer is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Standard Schnauzer dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Mittelschnauzer? Standard Schnauzer shedding level:
Standard Schnauzers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Standard Schnauzer dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Standard Schnauzer have? What characteristics does the breed have?
DevotedIntelligentPlayfulGood-naturedLivelyTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Standard Schnauzer? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Standard Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Standard Schnauzer dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Standard Schnauzers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Standard Schnauzer is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Standard Schnauzer sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Standard Schnauzers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Standard Schnauzers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Mittelschnauzer need? Standard Schnauzer social needs:
Standard Schnauzers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Standard Schnauzer dogs bark a lot? Why does my Schnauzer bark?
Average: The Standard Schnauzer barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Standard Schnauzer good as a watchdog?
Standard Schnauzers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Standard Schnauzers will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Standard Schnauzer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Standard Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Standard Schnauzer can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Standard Schnauzer will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Standard Schnauzer bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Mittelschnauzer? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Standard Schnauzer? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Standard Schnauzer do?
Standard Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Standard Schnauzers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Standard Schnauzer to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Standard Schnauzer roam?
Standard Schnauzers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Standard Schnauzer have high prey drive?
Standard Schnauzers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Standard Schnauzer dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Standard Schnauzer good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Standard Schnauzers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Standard Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Standard Schnauzers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Standard Schnauzer dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Standard Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Standard Schnauzer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Standard Schnauzer and children:
Standard Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Standard Schnauzer dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Standard Schnauzers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Standard Schnauzer good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Standard Schnauzer dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Standard Schnauzers are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Standard Schnauzer can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Standard Schnauzers good office dogs? Do Standard Schnauzers make good office friendly dogs? Can Standard Schnauzers be office dogs?
No
Standard Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Standard Schnauzer dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Mittelschnauzer temperament with senior people? Are Standard Schnauzer dogs good for elderly owners?
Standard Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Standard Schnauzer dogs get along with other pets? Are Standard Schnauzer dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Standard Schnauzers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Standard Schnauzer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Standard Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Standard Schnauzer be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Standard Schnauzer is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Standard Schnauzer be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Standard Schnauzer is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Standard Schnauzer be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Standard Schnauzer is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Standard Schnauzer be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Standard Schnauzer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Standard Schnauzer be a boat dog?
Not really
Standard Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Standard Schnauzer be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Standard Schnauzer is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Standard Schnauzer dogs have health problems?
Standard Schnauzers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Standard Schnauzer breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Standard Schnauzer breed? Health risks of Standard Schnauzer:
Follicular DermatitisHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Standard Schnauzer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Standard Schnauzer be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Standard Schnauzer breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Standard Schnauzers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Standard Schnauzer have?
Standard Schnauzers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Standard Schnauzer dogs require per day?
Standard Schnauzers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Standard Schnauzers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Standard Schnauzer need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Standard Schnauzer risk for obesity:
Low. The Standard Schnauzer has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Standard Schnauzer's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Standard Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Standard Schnauzer drool?
The Standard Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Standard Schnauzer could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Standard Schnauzer. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Standard Schnauzer pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Standard Schnauzer pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Standard Schnauzer: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Standard Schnauzer have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Standard Schnauzer have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Standard Schnauzer

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Standard Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Standard Schnauzers are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Standard Schnauzers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Standard Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Standard Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low.
  • Watchdog Ability: Standard Schnauzers are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Standard Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Standard Schnauzers are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Standard Schnauzers are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Standard Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Standard Schnauzers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Standard Schnauzers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Standard Schnauzers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Standard Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Standard Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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