VCA Baybrook Animal Hospital

Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer

Basic Standard Schnauzer Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
  • Height: 18 - 20 inches
  • Weight: 35 - 45 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Standard Schnauzers

Standard Schnauzer Traits

  • Joggin Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Standard Schnauzer History

  • The standard schnauzer originated in Germany in the Middle Ages. Even by the 1300s it was appreciated as a vermin hunter and all-around farm dog and guardian.
  • It was probably derived from crosses of wire-haired pinschers, German poodles and some sort of spitz breed. It is not related to the British terriers.
  • The first recorded reference to the dogs being called schnauzers was in 1842. The name is thought to be derived from the German words for nose or beard.
  • The breed was initially called a wire-haired pinscher when it was first exhibited at a dog show in 1879. By 1900, it was a popular dog show contender.
  • Most standard schnauzers continued to be used for work, however. By the early 1900s, they were the most popular dogs for guarding farmers' carts when they took them to market.
  • The first records of schnauzers in America come from around 1900.
  • The AKC recognized the standard schnauzer in 1904. At that time the breed was classified as a terrier. The standard schnauzer is the original of the three Schnauzer breeds that the AKC recognizes. The miniature was recognized separately in 1926, and the giant in 1930.
  • During World War I, standard schnauzers were used as guard dogs. They have been used by both German and American police departments for use as police dogs and contraband detection dogs.
  • Despite being the original schnauzer, the standard is the least popular of the three schnauzer breeds in America.

Standard Schnauzer Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a loyal and fun companion, as well as an excellent guardian.
  • Playful and good with children.
  • Bold, watchful, busy and often mischievous.
  • Tends to be aloof toward strangers.
  • Can be aggressive toward strange dogs.
  • Usually gets along with household pets.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food or games.
  • Learns quickly, but also bores quickly, and can be quite headstrong.

Standard Schnauzer Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a lively and alert housedog, but can be mischievous unless given enough exercise.
  • Its exercise needs can be met with a long walk or run, along with a vigorous game.
  • Standard schnauzers may not do well at dog parks, but it depends on the individual dog.
  • Games and tricks provide needed mental exercise.

Standard Schnauzer Grooming

  • Coat is hard and wiry, longer on the legs, muzzle, and eyebrows.
  • The coat needs combing once or twice weekly.
  • Many pet owners elect to have their dogs professionally groomed, or clipped into a trim that is more easily cared for. This must be repeated every two to three months.
  • Show dogs must have their coat plucked and stripped.
  • Shedding is below average.

Suggested Standard Schnauzer Nutritional Needs

  • Standard schnauzers tend to stay in good weight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, Please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics:

VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center
895 Bridgeport Ave
Shelton, CT 06484