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Leonberger vs Standard Schnauzer vs German Pinscher – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Leonberger vs Standard Schnauzer vs German Pinscher" Compare Leonberger and Standard Schnauzer. Which is better: Leonberger or Standard Schnauzer or German Pinscher?
Name Leonberger Standard Schnauzer German Pinscher
OriginsGermany Germany Germany
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank10090136
Reviews101
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Other Names Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant, Leonbergi Mittelschnauzer, Schnauzer, Wirehair Pinscher Standard Pinscher, Glatthaariger Pinscher
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club Australian National Kennel Council Canadian Kennel Club Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club American Canine Association, Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $1500-$2000 $1200-$1500 $1400-$1600

General Appearance - Leonberger vs Standard Schnauzer vs German Pinscher

Size Giant Medium Medium
Weight Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg) 25-35 pounds (11-16 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg) 30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm) 16-19 inches (41-48 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm) Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) 17.5 inches (44.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Leonberger vs Standard Schnauzer vs German Pinscher

Coat Waterproof Wiry Dense Shiny Smooth
Colors Red Sandy Reddish Brown Yellow Mahogany Pepper Salt Black Blue Red Tan Brown Black
Grooming
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The German Pinscher requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Leonbergers are heavy shedders.
Standard Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
German Pinschers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Leonberger vs Standard Schnauzer vs German Pinscher

Temperament Adaptable Fearless Loyal Companionable Loving Obedient Devoted Intelligent Playful Good-natured Lively Trainable Outright Tempered Courageous Loving Familiar Lively Spirited
Intelligent Rank
Average: Leonberger's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Standard Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Leonbergers are quite easy to train.
Standard Schnauzers are easy to train.
German Pinschers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
The Standard Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
The German Pinscher is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Leonbergers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Standard Schnauzers are highly affectionate dogs.
German Pinschers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Leonbergers need a lot of social interaction.
Standard Schnauzers are a social breed.
German Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
Average: The Standard Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Average: The German Pinscher barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Leonbergers are one of the best watchdogs.
Standard Schnauzers are good watchdogs.
German Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Leonbergers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Pinscher has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Leonbergers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Standard Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Pinschers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Leonbergers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Standard Schnauzers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the German Pinscher is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Leonbergers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Standard Schnauzers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
German Pinschers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Leonbergers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
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.
German Pinschers 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
Leonbergers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Standard Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
German Pinschers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Leonbergers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Leonberger vs Standard Schnauzer vs German Pinscher

Stranger Friendly
Leonbergers are average friendly towards strangers.
Standard Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
German Pinschers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Leonbergers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
German Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Leonbergers are average friendly towards cats.
Standard Schnauzers are cat-friendly dogs.
German Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Leonbergers are dog-friendly dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are dog-friendly dogs.
German Pinschers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Leonberger is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Standard Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Leonbergers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Standard Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Leonbergers are generally with other pets.
Standard Schnauzers are usually friendly towards other pets.
German Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Leonbergers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Standard Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or 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.
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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Leonberger breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Standard Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Leonberger vs Standard Schnauzer vs German Pinscher

Health Issues
Leonbergers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Standard Schnauzers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
German Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Bloat Cancer Ectropion Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Eosinophilic Panosteitis Hip Dysplasia Inherited Polyneuropathy Follicular Dermatitis Hip Dysplasia No set
Life Expectancy 8-10 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Leonbergers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Standard Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
German Pinschers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Leonbergers need quite a lot of exercise.
Standard Schnauzers need quite a lot of exercise.
German Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Leonbergers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Standard Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
German Pinschers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The German Pinscher has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Leonberger is an average drooler.
The Standard Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Pinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Leonberger vs Standard Schnauzer vs German Pinscher

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-8 puppies 4-8 puppies 6-8 puppies

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