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The Standard Schnauzer is known as the dog with the human brain and is the original of all 3 types of Schnauzer.

salt and pepper Standard Schnauzer

The Schnauzer, as it is simply called in the UK - or ‘Mittelschnauzer’ in Germany - has been a celebrated European breed dating back to the 14th or 15th century.

They originated in Southern Germany where they were bred for their versatility. This athletic dog kept the rats out of the barn, guarded the farmyard and traders’ wagons and herded livestock.

During World War I, Standard Schnauzers were used as guard dogs by the German Army and dispatch carriers by the Red Cross. It wasn’t until after the War that they were first imported into America in any numbers.

Despite being the original, the Standard is not as well known as its cousins the Miniature Schnauzer and Giant Schnauzer. The breed is only the 107th most popular in the USA, compared with the Miniature at number 11 and the Giant at 83.


The Standard Schnauzer is a medium size dog. Males stand about 18 to 20 inches high at the shoulders with the females being about an inch smaller. They weigh from 30 to 50 pounds.

This is a robust and sinewy breed with a stylish appearance when groomed. He has the classic 'boxy' shape of the Schnauzer with the height at the shoulders being almost the same as the length of the body.

Like all Schnauzers, the Standard also has the trademark full beard and bushy eyebrows.

The amount of facial hair varies from dog to dog. Don't be disappointed if your Schnauzer puppy doesn't grow a full beard right away. Like men, they have to reach maturity before they can grow a bushy beard!

The Coat

The Standard, like the Giant and Miniature Schnauzer, has a double coat. The outer coat is harsh and wiry and covers a softer layer underneath.

You should brush your dog at home at least once a week and send him to the groomer's to be stripped or clipped about every 8 to 10 weeks, depending on how fast his hair grows.

Standard Schnauzers only come in two colors -

    * pepper and salt

    * solid black

They are regarded as -
hypoallergenic and non shedding
and so more suitable for people with allergies.

Breed Characteristics

While the breed is universally known for its athletic, square appearance and bearded face, the specific breed characteristics vary from country to country.

In the USA and Canada, the Standard Schnauzer is classed in the Working Group. In the UK the dog is shown in the Utility Group.

In North America it is common to have both the ears and tail cropped. For showing the dog must have a docked tail and can have either cropped or natural ears.

Since April 2007 in the UK it has been illegal to dock any dog’s tail - except for working gundogs. Dogs born prior to that with docked tails are accepted in the show ring. It is also illegal to crop the dog’s ears in the UK.

In continental Europe, most Standard Schnauzers are left natural with long tails and floppy ears.


The Standard Schnauzer


The Standard Schnauzer is a medium-sized, rugged, robust dog with bushy eyebrows, whiskers and a beard. The head is long and rectangular, with a strong muzzle and a pronounced stop. The nose is black and the eyes are oval and dark brown. The jaws meet to form a scissor bite, but a level bite is also acceptable. The feet are small and cat-like, with arched toes. The tail and dewclaws are generally docked at 3 days of age. Ears are cropped at 7 to 8 weeks of age and is optional. The forelegs are very straight. The top line slopes slightly downward from the withers to the rump. The front legs must appear straight from every angle, while his rear legs and thighs are oblique and very muscular. He has harsh, wiry outer coat and dense, soft undercoat. The coat comes in salt & pepper, pepper & salt and solid black.


The Standard Schnauzer is a fearless and protective dog. It makes a great watch and guard dog, it is lively, but not restless. High-spirited and affectionate. Clever, intelligent, demanding, and playful, Standard Schnauzers need companionship and are good dogs to travel with. This breed has a high learning rate, but can be quite willful and needs firm training, Standard Schnauzers may be very protective and dominant, guarding objects, places and people from other people. They should be socialized well when they are young to prevent over-protectiveness later in life. These energetic dogs need a owners who has the ability to clearly demonstrate that they are the boss and not the dog. When bred with correct temperament the Standard Schnauzer makes a wonderful family pet.

Height & Weight      

Height: Dogs 18-20 inches (46-51cm) Bitches 17-19 inches(43-48cm) Weight: dogs 30-45 pounds (14-20kg) Bitches 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg) Ideally, the height should be the same as the length, resulting in a rather square impression.

Health Problems        

This is generally a very healthy breed.

Living Conditions        

The Standard Schnauzer is a good dog for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.


The energetic dogs will take as much exercise as the can get and just love play sessions during which the can run free in an controlled place. At very least, they should be given a long brisk daily walk. Do not overdo it with very young pups, though, until their body frames are strong and mature.

Life Expectancy      

About 10 to 15 years.


The wiry coat is reasonably easy to look after. Brushing weekly will keep the coat well maintained. The Schnauzer should be clipped or hand stripped every 6 to 8 weeks. A person can easily learn how to do strip or clip in a few short lessons. The Schnauzer have no doggie odor and shed little or no hair.


The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest of the three Schnauzer breed. The are originally from a German breed, named after the German word for muzzle, “Schnauze.” They were used to accompany coaches, as messenger in World War I, and as vermin hunters and guards in stables and on farms. The breed was used to watch children, and even given the name “Kinder Watcher.” Schnauzers have also been successfully trained as livestock guardians and retriever. The breed has been portrayed in paintings and tapestries of several European artists, including Rembrandt and Duerer, who owned one. Today, it is esteemed as a watchdog and body guard, but above all, as a very lovable, spirited, loyal, intelligent companion. Some of the Standard Schnauzer’s talent include: hunting, tracking, retrieving, watchdogging, guarding, military work, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.
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The Standard Schnauzer is an exciting dog to see and own. The clean, sharp lines of the breed are impressive.

The lively - sometimes comic personality - of the Schnauzer makes him a pleasure to be with. He is intelligent, sociable and alert; an excellent watch dog and family companion. Standard Schnauzer head The combination of intelligence, creativity and high spirit - as well as sense of fun - has earned him the nickname -
the dog with the human brain.
It also means that if not properly trained by his owner, he can occasionally become a handful.

However, with the right education, the Standard is a joy to live with. He is a true “people dog” and thrives on the stimulation derived from living with a family.

Schnauzers are not generally one-man dogs. They may have a favorite person, but will readily accept all family members. They are noted for guarding the family home and displaying devotion to their immediate circle.


This is not a breed for those who want a placid, friendly-to-everyone dog that can be fed, walked and forgotten. They like to be involved.

Raised and trained properly, they are very good with their own family children and most others who respect their high sense of self-dignity. They generally don't like being teased.

Like its Miniature Schnauzer cousin, the Standard likes to be at the centre of things. He develops to his fullest potential when treated as part of the family. For this reason most Standard Schnauzers - even the top show dogs - are house pets.


The Standard is a strong dog capable of great endurance. Although the Kennel Club in the UK lists the breed as needing only moderate exercise, you’d be well advised to be prepared to do a fair amount of walking if you decide to become an owner!

Just like humans, energy levels will vary from one individual to another. You do get the occasional couch potato Standard Schnauzer.....but generally the dog will require exercising two or three times a day.

If you’re lucky enough to have a large garden, that's a bonus. However, in the canine mind there is no replacement for a brisk daily walk (or two or three...)to enjoy new surroundings and smells!

Regular exercise keeps your dog's heart fit, muscles working and joints functioning. It also helps to keep your dog healthy and free from illness.

As a general rule of thumb, a minimum of 45 minutes exercise per day outside the home is recommended. An hour or longer is even better.


If you're thinking of getting a Standard Schnauzer puppy, proper training is important. A well-trained dog that you can take anywhere without worrying is a marvelous companion.

Due to their intelligence, Standard Schnauzers do learn quickly. They will retain most things they learn – even the bad things sometimes. They therefore need direction that is consistent and firm, but never rough.

Don’t be surprised if your dog tries to push the boundaries. He’ll rule the house if you let him!

It's important for you to start off on the right foot with your dog. This means proper training.

Find out if there's a local puppy or dog training class in your area. Another quick and easy way of getting yourself up to speed initially is to invest in a dog training DVD.

However you decide to train your Standard, it will be time (and maybe money) well spent. Putting in the effort at the beginning will bring rewards in the long run.

A firm hand from puppy to adulthood is required and then you’ll have an obedient best friend and guardian for the rest of his life.

Standards can excel in obedience, agility and herding, bringing both enthusiasm and intelligence to their tasks.

As a medium sized all-around performance dog, the Standard Schnauzer is hard to beat.
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Anecdotal Information
A Standard Schnauzer named George has gained quite a bit of acclaim in the U.S. as being able to sniff out skin and lung cancer. Prior to this training, George served as a bomb-sniffing dog with the Tallahassee (Florida) Police Department. He also won over 400 awards in obedience trials.

The Standard Schnauzer is less common in the U.S. than both the Miniature and Giant Schnauzer, ranking 102nd out of 157 breeds registered with the American Kennel Club in 2007. (The Miniature and Giant Schnauzers were ranked 11th and 83rd, respectively.)
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