Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer History/Evolution:

Of the three Schnauzers — Miniature, Standard, and Giant — the Standard is the prototype. It may be the result of crossings between Wire-Haired Pinschers, black German Poodles, and Gray Wolf Spitz. With early jobs that included guard, rat catcher, and yard dog, the Standard Schnauzer went on to work with German police and as dispatch carriers and Red Cross aides. Although still at work in some sheep ranches, the Standard Schnauzer is a beloved and loyal companion.

Standard Schnauzer Size:

Medium; females 171/2 to 181/2 inches, around 35 pounds; males 181/2 to 191/2 inches, around 45 pounds.

Standard Schnauzer Color:

Pepper and salt, or black.

Standard Schnauzer Temperament:

Bold, lively, and fun loving; headstrong (training exercises channel such traits toward positive behaviors). Good at obedience, agility, and tracking.

Standard Schnauzer Energy level:


Standard Schnauzer Best owner:

Active, confident owner with a fenced yard.

Standard Schnauzer Needs:

Daily exercise (runs, games, agility courses), training, socialization, twice-weekly combing and quarterly professional shaping.

Standard Schnauzer Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.