The Standard Schnauzer, a member of the Working group, is a very intelligent breed who learns quickly and is known to be quite mischievous.
They need a firm owner who has the time and the patience for training as well as ample time for grooming. Beard and leg hair must be combed and brushed very often to prevent the formation of mats.
His rugged build and dense, harsh coat are accentuated by the hallmark of the breed, those arched eyebrows and the bristly mustache and whiskers.
Known to have a harsh, wiry outer coat this breed does not shed much and is often seen dressed in salt and pepper or occasionally in solid black. The hair on the face lengthens to form a beard and eyebrows.
Schnauzers are excellent companions, known for their love and devotion to the family and reliability with children. Of the three Schnauzer breeds, Miniature, Standard, and Giant (all of which are bred and registered as distinct dog breeds) the medium, or Standard, is the prototype.
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In America the breed was originally classed as a terrier, but German breeders have always regarded the Schnauzer principally as a working dog. This is not the breed for someone looking for a placid dog.
Country of origin: Germany Lifespan: 10-12 years Colors: Solid black, salt and pepper Known health problems: Generally healthy
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