With their beard, whiskers and bushy eyebrows, the Standard Schnauzer can look like your 12th grade science teacher. But this dog is probably a little more fun! The strong-willed Schnauzer can make a loyal and affectionate addition to the right family.
Male: 30-50 lbs. Female: 30-45 lbs.
Schnauzers hate to be bored and are very active. They need lots of exercise. One or two long walks (45 minutes each) a day and some time at an off-leash dog park will give these guys what they need.
Shedding isn’t an issue with Standard Schnauzers.
Barking and Volume:
Standard Schnauzers will bark when they are protecting their family or their space, but they are not constant noise-makers.
Schnauzers are very intelligent and will learn in a snap if they start young. They’ll also pick up bad habits quickly, so it’s important to give them some direction with firm, consistent instructions. A puppy class and lots of positive reinforcement will be helpful, here.
Health Factors: Many Standard Schnauzers are generally healthy but can be prone to hip dysplasia. *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Most grooming can be completed at home. You’ll be seeing the groomer twice a year.
Training: Basic training will be sufficient for most.
Daily brushing is recommended, particularly on their beards and legs, in order to prevent matting. Standard Schnauzers’ ears require hair plucking and the dog’s coat must be hand-stripped or electrically clipped by a groomer about twice a year.
Schnauzers are great with older children. The breed is notoriously protective of their food, toys and space and this might be a problem with the younger set.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Because Schnauzers are so dedicated to their families and like to make sure they get lots of attention, they may have trouble sharing their space with other animals. However, they are not aggressive by nature and should get along with other dogs in short-term situations. They should not be left unsupervised with small pets.
Friendliness: Towards People
Standard Schnauzers will be pleasant towards strangers, but are particularly comfortable around their own families.
BE PREPARED FOR: A strong-willed, smart dog that seems to think like a human and tries to get the same privileges as one, too!