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Schnauzer


General Information - Schnauzer


Group:
Utility

Size:
medium

Lifespan:
12-14 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
high

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very high

Area of Origin:
Germany

Date of Origin:
Middle Ages

Other Names:
Mittelschnauzer

Original Function:
Ratting, guardian



History

The Standard Schnauzer, the original of the three Schnauzer types, first appeared in central Europe, in the Tyrol region in the 1400's. Its first use was droving cattle. The breed was first exhibited at a show in Hanover in 1879. The Standard Schnauzer is a robust, heavy-set dog of terrier type, with the unmistakable face accentuated by arches eyebrows, a bristly moustache, and wiry whiskers.

Temperament

Lively and protective, the Standard Schnauzer makes an excellent guard or watch dog. Standard Schnauzers can become overprotective if not properly socialised. Standard Schnauzers require confident, firm owners and do best with older children.

Upkeep

The Standard Schnauzer needs daily exercise, comprising a long walk on leash, a vigorous game or an off-lead outing in a safe area. It can live outdoors in temperate climates, but it is better off dividing its time between house and yard. Its harsh coat needs combing twice weekly, plus professional scissoring and shaping four times yearly. Shaping is done by clipping for pets and stripping for show dogs.