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Standard Schnauzer

Schnauzer--Standard

A Friendly Dog

Bold, Lively, Protective

Standard Schnauzers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Standard Schnauzers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Standard Schnauzer and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where the Standard Schnauzer came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:17-20" Weight:30-45 lb Lifespan:15 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
2

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Standard Schnauzers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They're smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active. They are also an athletic dog that excel at dog sports like agility, obedience, and flyball.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year stripping or clipping is also required for their wiry double coat.

Dental: Standard Schnauzers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Standard Schnauzers are highly enthusiastic and active. With confident and patient leadership, they make a fun-loving and affectionate family member.

Positive Traits:

  • Good watchdog with a loud bark

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • Good with children

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • Highly trainable and eager to please

  • Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy-go-lucky

Negative Traits:
  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

  • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

  • May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Can be strong-willed

  • Standoffish toward strangers


Whether you are considering adding a new Standard Schnauzer to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Standard Schnauzer will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Standard Schnauzer you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Standard Schnauzer could encounter:

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Dry Eye

Distichiasis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

The Standard Schnauzer originated in Germany during the 15th century. The Standard Schnauzer is the original size of the three Schnauzer breeds. They were bred as a versatile farm dog for protection and vermin control. The Standard Schnauzer is well known for its characteristic long beard and arched, bushy eyebrows. 

The Standard Schnauzer is a clever, mischievous and comedic dog. They are highly social and thrive on close human interaction. The Standard Schnauzer is spunky and playful but also reliable, loyal, and sensitive: an excellent family companion.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Standard Schnauzer shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Shortness of breath, cough, or fainting

  • Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea

  • Care

    Routine Care: Standard Schnauzers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They're smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active. They are also an athletic dog that excel at dog sports like agility, obedience, and flyball.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year stripping or clipping is also required for their wiry double coat.

    Dental: Standard Schnauzers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Standard Schnauzers are highly enthusiastic and active. With confident and patient leadership, they make a fun-loving and affectionate family member.

    Positive Traits:

    • Good watchdog with a loud bark

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • Good with children

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Highly trainable and eager to please

    • Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy-go-lucky

    Negative Traits:
    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

    • May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Can be strong-willed

    • Standoffish toward strangers


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Standard Schnauzer to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Standard Schnauzer will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Standard Schnauzer you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Standard Schnauzer could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Dry Eye

    Distichiasis

    Heart Disease

    Diabetes

  • History

    The Standard Schnauzer originated in Germany during the 15th century. The Standard Schnauzer is the original size of the three Schnauzer breeds. They were bred as a versatile farm dog for protection and vermin control. The Standard Schnauzer is well known for its characteristic long beard and arched, bushy eyebrows. 

    The Standard Schnauzer is a clever, mischievous and comedic dog. They are highly social and thrive on close human interaction. The Standard Schnauzer is spunky and playful but also reliable, loyal, and sensitive: an excellent family companion.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Standard Schnauzer shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Shortness of breath, cough, or fainting

    • Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea

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