Breeding group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Agility, Guarding, Herding, Military work, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 20-80 lbs depending on size and type Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Gray / Salt & Pepper, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Very Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Schnauzer is a breed of dog that originated in Germany in 15th and 16th century. The term 'Schnauzer' means snout in German and this breed is given this name for its distinct beard on the snout. Schnauzers are terrier type dogs but have less terrier temperament in them. There are three types of Schnauzers, the Giant(24 inches, 55-80 lbs), the Standard(18 inches, 30-45 lbs) and the Miniature(12 inches, 14-20 lbs). The Giant and Standard Schnauzers are working breeds. Standard Schnauzers have been used as ratters and guard dogs while Giant Schnauzers have been assigned cattle herding and guarding roles. Miniature Schnauzers are family pets though they can be used as watch dogs.
The Giant and Standard Schnauzers come in salt & pepper or solid black colour. The Miniature Schnauzer is found in salt and pepper, black, and black and silver colours.
The Giant Schnauzer has a harsh, wiry outer coat and dense, soft undercoat. The Standard Schnauzer has a stiff and wiry hair coat on the body. The Miniature Schnauzers have a double coat. The exterior fur is wiry and the undercoat is soft. The coat is kept short on the body, but the hair on ears, legs, and belly are retained.
The Schnauzers are loving and affectionate dogs. They are friendly, protective and alert dogs that will bond with their family. These dogs generally get along well with children. Ever so alert, the Schnauzers are very good watch dogs but can be prone to excessive barking. This breed is of average intelligence, can be stubborn at times and needs training and socialization from early age to curb excessive barking and be a well rounded breed. With proper training, the Schnauzer breed of dogs make very loving family pets.
The coats of Schnauzers need daily brushing to remove tangles. Hand-stripping of the coat twice a year should be done.
The Schnauzers need firm yet gentle training and a firm owner as these dogs may show independent behavior from time to time.
The Schnauzers will need fair amount of exercise. These dogs should be taken for daily walks and provided ample playing time to outlet their energy levels.