General Standard Schnauzer Information
The standard schnauzer is not a dog for everyone! Please read below and enjoy the pictures of some of our top winning standards.
Standard schnauzers are very intelligent and can be strong willed. Owners must be prepared to train and socialize their puppy from the beginning. This is a dog that does not mature until 2 yrs old and requires a seasoned dog owner who has the time and devotion. Training classes should include puppy kindergarten, basic obedience and advanced obedience. As puppies they can be destructive with chewing and digging and require crate training for their safety.
The standard schnauzer is not the breed for those who want a slow, placid dog or one who can be fed and forgotten, for they insist on being part of the family activities and develop best when treated in this manner. They are outstanding companions known for their devotion and love of their family, and are not one person dogs but instead become true family members. Standard schnauzers are particularly good with children, being playful and tolerant. At the same time, they are alert to any intruder who might threaten their home and family. If not trained & socialized properly they can become territorial of they property and family!!!
A standard schnauzer is a medium-size dog in the working breed of the schnauzer/pinscher canine family. It is not a terrier and was not developed to go to ground. They were developed to be an all around farm dog who's job was to guard, herd and rid the farm of vermin and have since developed into a house dog with the same desire to protect their home and family. Standard schnauzers are characterized by a robust, square, athletic build, a dense, wiry, harsh coat of black or pepper & salt color and an energetic, intelligent temperament. Standard schnauzers are sociable, alert, affectionate, protective, and reliable in nature, with a good sense of humor. They are generally healthy, sturdy and long-lived with few hereditary illnesses. All standard schnauzer breeders should OFA their breeding stock for hip dysplasia, CERF screen for eye defects and do testing for any other known hereditary problems.
Standard schnauzers are of true medium size, with males between 18-20" high at the shoulders and weighing 40-45 lbs and females between 17-19" high at the shoulders and weighing 35-40 lbs. They shed very little but require professional grooming several times a year.
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