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 flagGermany
Other Names
What other names does the Standard Schnauzer have?
SchnauzerWirehair PinscherMittelschnauzer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Standard Schnauzer Price and Availability

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?
$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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Standard Schnauzer?
Very frequent: The Standard Schnauzer is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Standard Schnauzer Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
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)
Average 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)
Average 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)

Standard Schnauzer Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Standard Schnauzer have? What does this canine coat/fur 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 Schnauzer?
Standard Schnauzers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Standard Schnauzer dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Standard Schnauzer need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Standard Schnauzer every day?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Standard Schnauzer Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Standard Schnauzer have? What characteristics or traits 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 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? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Standard Schnauzers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Schnauzer 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? Are they barkers/noisy? 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 the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Standard Schnauzer good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Standard Schnauzers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a 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.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Standard Schnauzer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Standard Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its 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 Schnauzer? 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Standard Schnauzer has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Standard Schnauzer bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Standard Schnauzer, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
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?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Standard Schnauzer indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: 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.

Standard Schnauzer Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Standard Schnauzer temperament with other people:
Standard Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
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.
Child Friendly
Are Standard Schnauzer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Standard Schnauzer temperament with 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? Can they be good 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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Standard Schnauzer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Standard Schnauzers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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 Schnauzer temperament with senior people? Are Standard Schnauzer dogs good for elderly owners?
Standard Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Standard Schnauzer Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Standard Schnauzer dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Standard Schnauzers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Standard Schnauzer breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Standard Schnauzer breed? Most common health risks of Standard Schnauzer:
Follicular DermatitisHip Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Standard Schnauzer breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Standard Schnauzer see the vet?
Frequent
The Standard Schnauzer should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Standard Schnauzer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Standard Schnauzer be? What is the age limit of the Standard Schnauzer? How many years can the oldest Standard Schnauzer live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Standard Schnauzer: 13 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? What is the activity level of the Standard Schnauzer?
Standard Schnauzers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity 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.
Average 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 / Prone to Obesity
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and 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 of a 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 minimum 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.

Standard Schnauzer As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Standard Schnauzer be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Standard Schnauzer be an emotional support animal?

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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Standard Schnauzer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Standard Schnauzer dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Standard Schnauzer Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

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 female 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 female’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.
Litter Frequency

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

Standard Schnauzer Recognition

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.

Standard Schnauzer Pros and Cons

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 of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low: The Standard Schnauzer has good luck with genetics.
  • 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Standard Schnauzers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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.

Standard Schnauzer History

The Standard Schnauzer’s history goes back relatively long in history even before the Middle Ages, in the breed’s homeland, Germany. Before industrialization and mechanization of agriculture, during the long centuries pre-Middle Ages, the world’s farmers strove to breed a versatile dog breed to use them as all-purpose workers on the fields and around the farm. Field workers from different regions discovered diverse solutions for the same challenges they were facing. This creativity results in varied breeds like the Rat Terrier, the Kerry Blue Terrier, and the Belgian Tervuren. Germany’s own bred farm dog was the Standard Schnauzer.

In the Middle-Ages the Standard Schnauzer came of age in the verdant farm country of Bavaria. Being a multitasking breed, like the world’s other barn-and-stable dogs, the Standard Schnauzer made their bones as ratters, guardians of family and livestock, protectors, vermin hunters, and herders of cattle and sheep. The Standard Schnauzer is a result of Continental herding and working breeds, despite the fact that the breed bears a superficial resemblance to several terrier breeds bred in Britain. Between the 15th and the 16th century, in the era of Renaissance, based on Albrecht Durer’s and Rembrandt’s paintings, and on a tapestry made by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1501, it is safe to state that these type of sogs have existed for multiple centuries. In the middle 1800s, breeders from Germany took an interest in standardizing the Standard Schnauzer. Probably because at that time, crosses and mixes were made with black German Poodles and the grey Wolfspitz to develop the distinctive texture and color of the breed’s coat. Also, around that time breeders were trying to develop other sizes of the Schnauzer with crosses with other breeds, which finally resulted in three very separate forms and sizes, the Miniature, the Standard, and the Giant Schnauzer. In the breed’s home country, the Standard version is known as the Mittelschnauzer, which translates into “medium Schnauzer”. Later, in 1880 a breed standard was drawn up, and the first show dedicated to Schnauzer was held in Stuttgart in 1890.

By the early 1900s, the breed’s popularity was increasing as they were introduced to America. Records suggest that in the early 1900s, some Standard Schnauzers were imported to the United States, by families who immigrated to the States and also by world travelers, who fell in love with the breed in Germany. Until the First World War, the breed was not imported there largely. Yet, during the First World War, the dogs were used in the military to carry dispatches and aid the Red Cross workers, moreover, the German police also worked alongside the dogs.

In 1925, the Schnauzer Club of America was founded, and later, in 1933, the club separated to form the American Miniature Schnauzer Club and the Standard Schnauzer Club of America (SSCA). In the beginnings the breed was classified as a terrier in the U.S., however, Germans always viewed the Schnauzer as a working type of dog. The AKC (American Kennel Club) approved that and recognized the Standard Schnauzer in the Working group.

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  • Flynn the Standard Schnauzer

    Dec 11, 2021, 6:01:08 AM:

    Flynn is intelligent, loving, and well behaved, does get lonely without at least some attention. Great guard dog and pest control expert. Not great around younger kids but does well with older kids

  • Someone

    Dec 21, 2020, 12:39:05 AM:

    Amazing dog breed!