Standard Schnauzer Dog Breed

The Standard Schnauzer is brave and loyal, loves to play and often seeks its human family’s attention.
By: PawCulture Editors
Standard Schnauzer Dog Breed

About the Standard Schnauzer Dog Breed

Often recognized for its arched eyebrows and bushy whiskers and mustache, the Standard Schnauzer was originally bred around the 15th century in Germany as a ratter and guard dog. Its name comes from the German word “schanuze,” which translates to snout.

Standard Schnauzer Physical Characteristics

The Standard Schnauzer is a medium-sized dog with a square-shaped head, floppy ears, and bushy eyebrows and mustache. 

Color(s)

The Standard Schnauzer is most commonly seen in black and salt and pepper.

Coat

The coat of a Standard Schnauzer is short, wiry and water resistant.

Standard Schnauzer Personality and Temperament

Activity Level

High 

Positives

The Standard Schnauzer is a brave and loyal dog breed that will not back down if challenged. It loves to play and seeks its human family’s attention. The Standard Schnauzer generally gets along well with children and other dogs if it is socialized at an early age.

Things to Consider

The Standard Schnauzer can get into trouble if it is left alone for too long, and is known to bark at strangers or when it wants attention.

Standard Schnauzer Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Standard Schnauzer fares well in the country or city. 

Special Requirements

The Standard Schnauzer requires regular grooming attention and daily exercise.

Standard Schnauzer Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Standard Schnauzers:

Standard Schnauzer History and Background

Of German ancestry, the Standard Schnauzer is the oldest and the original prototype of the three Schnauzer breeds: Miniature, Standard and Giant. And although its exact year of origin is uncertain, there is evidence that Schnauzer-like dogs existed as early as the 14th century, probably the result of crossing black German Poodle and gray wolf spitz with wirehaired Pinscher stock.

Schnauzers were first exhibited in Germany at the Third German International Show at Hanover in 1879. With its elegant appearance and unique expression, it became an instant hit in the show ring. A standard for the breed would later be published in 1880.

Whereas the breed was originally classified as a terrier in America, the Schnauzer has always been considered a working dog in its native Germany, functioning mostly as a rat catcher, and a yard or guard dog in the 1800s. During World War I, many of the dogs served as dispatch carriers and Red Cross aides; some were even used as a police dog, much like the Giant Schnauzer.

Today, the Standard Schnauzer considered one of the preeminent all-around event performance event dogs and also serves as a therapy, service, and search and rescue dog.