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Standard Schnauzer

Also known as: Mittelschnauzer

Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Rat catcher, yard dog, and guard.

AKC recognized: 1904
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: males 35 to 50 lbs; females 30 to 45 lbs
Size: Height: males 18½ to 19½ inches; females 17½ to 18½ inches
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Color: Pepper and salt or pure black.

Life span: 13 to 16 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Standard Schnauzer is intelligent, spirited, fearless, robust, and reliable. They make outstanding working dogs as well as family companions. They have highly developed senses and are very trainable, allowing them to excel in many canine sports and activities. Naturally territorial, they will protect their home and family but will accept family friends into the home when they are properly introduced.

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Good with children? Yes if properly socialized with them.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, herding, therapy.

Exercise requirement: At the minimum, a one-mile walk at a fast pace three times a day.

Grooming requirement: The wiry, weather-resistant coat is low-shedding, but needs to be hand-stripped every 4 to 6 months. Some owners opt to have them clipped by a professional groomer instead of hand-stripped. The bear and leg hair should be combed and brushed frequently to prevent mats.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, eye problems.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Standard Schnauzer (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Standard Schnauzer (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
Published in 2006
155 pages

Schnauzers (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Frederick Frye
Published in 2005
96 pages

The World of Schnauzers: Standard, Giant, Miniature
By Johan Gallant
Published in 1996
204 pages

By Barbara M. Dille
Published in 2002
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Standard Schnauzer Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Standard Schnauzer Club of America Rescue

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