Standard Schnauzer Puppies
Information, Behavior and Training

Smart and loyal, Standard Schnauzer puppies bloom into robust, squarely built dogs of just the right size.

Their neither big nor small stature, along with their easy-to-care-for coat blessed with minimal odor, makes them quite appealing fellows and close to being the "ideal" dog that everybody desires.

If you are looking for a handsome, energetic and, sometimes, mischievous dog, don't look any further; you're at the right place!

Whether you are thinking about buying a puppy or adopting an adult dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you or just want to learn more about this breed, I hope this article will help you find the answers to your questions.

Breed History

Also known as Mittelschnauzer or, simply, Schnauzer, this aristocratic looking dog originates from the Wurttemberg region of Germany. It's not clear when the breed originated but dogs similar to the Standard Schnauzer existed in the Middle Ages. His presence among cattle and sheep farms is believed to date back to the fifteenth century.

Some specimens of this breed have also appeared in paintings by such Renaissance museum-caliber artists as Rembrandt and Albrecht Durer.

As a very versatile dog, the Standard Schnauzer engaged in a variety of tasks, including guarding cattle from wild animals and hunting vermin in stables and barns. They were also a common sight at the local markets where they were used to guard unattended produce carts while farmers rested. During World War I, Schnauzers were used to aid Red Cross workers and made honorable police dogs.

The distinctive texture and coat color of this breed is attributed to crosses made with the German Pinscher and Black German Poodle. Some Standard Schnauzers were then crossed with several other breeds, giving life to the Miniature Schnauzer, and then, later, the Giant Schnauzer.

The breed was introduced to the United States in the early 1900s and recognize by the American Kennel Club in 1904. It was categorized under the working group.

Standing Standard Schnauzer

Breed Profile

"Schnauzer" is the German word for moustache. This breed is easily distinguished courtesy of its long facial hair, arched eyebrows and salt and pepper coat. Schnauzers commonly come in three different sizes: miniature, standard and giant.

This sturdily-built dog boasts a square, compact body with a strong, arched neck that blends smoothly into the shoulders. The back is strong, straight and quite firm. The medium chest features well-sprung ribs. The tail is carried erect and is typically docked no shorter than 1 inch or longer than 2 inches.

The Standard Schnauzer's forelegs are typically straight, vertical and set moderately apart. The hindquarters boast strong muscles and well-bent stifles. The feet are compact, with tough pads and black nails.

The overall expression in this breed is alert, courtesy of its spirited dark brown eyes. The ears are set high and carried erect when cropped. The nose is large and black in color. The strong, white teeth meet into a scissor bite.

The distinctive coat in the Standard Schnauzer dog breed is double with a hard and wiry top coat and a soft undercoat. The coat is typically trimmed around the ears, head and neck, with hairs around the eyes and muzzle kept long to give the breed's face its typical outline. Accepted coat colors are salt and pepper or pure black as seen in the black Standard Schnauzer.

    Height Weight
  Male 18 to 20 inches 35 to 50 pounds
  Female 17 to 19 inches 30 to 45 pounds


Standard Schnauzer puppies come in a variety of temperaments; indeed, a batch of puppies may boast the best of both worlds and the many shades in between. Some specimens may be serious, bold and vigorous, while others can be much more mellow and sweet-natured.

Standard Schnauzer Dog

With a past as guardians, these dogs make natural watchdogs eager to alert their owners about anything unusual. Aloof by nature, Standard Schnauzer puppies require loads of early socialization so they can learn how to properly discriminate between friend and foe.

Schnauzers are very territorial and protective. And while they are not one of the more aggressive breeds, they will fight to protect what they consider to be theirs. That can include objects, an area and, even, people.

In Germany, Standard Schnauzers were often referred to as "kinderwachters" for their predisposition for keeping an eye on the children in the family. When Standard Schnauzer puppies are properly socialized and trained around children, they can become quite trusted companions; however, as with any dog breed, it's best to always practice caution and never leave a child and dog alone.

This breed may fare well with other, especially larger, dogs when introduced properly, but keep in mind that some Standard Schnauzer puppies may become intolerant of dogs of the same sex as they mature. Cats may be accepted when raised together from a young age, but other small fleeing creatures may be irresistible to chase, and in the right circumstances, may even end up on this breed's menu of the day.

While quite easy to train, Standard Schnauzers can be testing and stubborn at times. To be successful in Standard Schnauzer training, you must implement firm and consistent rules so to show your puppy that you mean what you say. Reward-based training may motivate this breed and give him another good reason to listen to you.

Best Owner and Living Conditions

Thinking about adding adorable Standard Schnauzer puppies to your home? A good owner for this breed will need to be committed to the exercising, training and grooming of this intelligent breed.

Standard Schnauzer dogs belong to one of those breeds that can live just about anywhere as long as they are properly exercised and in company of their favorite people.

Activity and Exercise

With a past as a versatile working dog, your Standard Schnauzer will look forward to engaging in some form of vigorous activity every day. This is a high-energy dog that will need to be walked briskly at least twice a day and given several opportunities to release pent-up energy.

Your Standard Schnauzer may love to engage in some fun dog activities such as swimming, hiking, chasing a ball or playing a game of Frisbee. If you want to try some doggie sports, your Schnauzer may enjoy dog agility, Flyball, advanced obedience and Disc dog.

Standard Schnauzer Puppy

Standard Schnauzer Grooming

This breed's coat may appear a bit challenging to care for, but it just looks much worse than it is. For starters, its wiry texture tends to capture dead hairs, which translates into fewer hairs found on your carpet, clothing and upholstered furniture. However, this also means more likeliness for developing tangles.

Plan to brush this breed at least once a day, and don't forget to spend some time cleaning that mustache after each meal! If you are planning to show your Standard Schnauzer puppies in the show ring, make sure they get used to grooming from an early age; this breed requires hand stripping every 4 to 6 months. 

Health Concerns

This breed is prone to developing hip dysplasia and several forms of eye disease.

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While this is a relatively healthy breed, make sure to purchase Standard Schnauzer puppies from a reputable breeder willing to provide you with health guarantees. Reputable Standard Schnauzer breeders will also health screen their breeding stock for various genetic conditions.

Even healthy dogs get sick. While many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, there are many others that you may handle on your own. Learn how to save time and money (and how to prevent small problems from becoming big problems) by diagnosing and treating dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Two Standard Schnauzers

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for Standard Schnauzers is between 14 and 16 years.

Final Thoughts...

If you don't mind a Velcro dog that will constantly stay glued to your side and is always ready to interpret your moods, then you may find the Standard Schnauzer to be quite endearing.

Puppies can often be found by locating good breeders, whereas, adults can be found in a Standard Schnauzer rescue or by visiting a shelter. Whether you are looking for an adult standard Schnauzer or Standard Schnauzer puppies, this breed makes a loyal and affectionate companion.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Standard Schnauzer rescue and adoption center. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

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