Here’s a dog that, in our looks just like an adorable little old man with a fluffy beard and the cutest (albeit a bit “unkempt”) eyebrows.
“They do, don’t they?!”
But this isn’t the only reason someone might fall in love with this dog breed. You see, there are many other reasons why you may fall victim to their charms! However, some owners will make for a better “fit” for a Standard Schnauzer, like all breeds.
This is why we wanted to take a moment and discuss exactly what it might be like to own one of these incredible animals so that if you’re ever allowed to get your hands on one, you’ll know for sure if it will be a good idea.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Standard Schnauzer Dog Breed Fast Facts
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Purpose: Watchdog/guard dog
Height: 17 to 21 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 30 to 45 pounds
Dog Breed Classification: Working dog
Lifespan: 11-16 years
Origin of the Standard Schnauzer Dog Breed
The Standard Schnauzer dog breed has been around for quite a while. Paintings dating back to the early years of the Renaissance created by Rembrandt and Durer depict these dogs looking the same as they do today. Now back then, these dogs were used for various tasks, most of which revolved around hunting small game and eliminating vermin from the household or farm. However, these guys also proved themselves to be quite capable guard dogs and watch dogs, so as time passed, they slowly became more appreciated and cherished for their companionship rather than their abilities to hunt mice and rats!
They proved pretty valuable during wartime when they were used to help the Red Cross workers during World War I. This is probably why this particular dog breed did not see a massive decline in their numbers during the periods surrounding both World Wars like many other domesticated dog breeds in and around this time. This is particularly surprising because many “German” dog breeds did not fair nearly as well since many folks did not want to own anything associated with “Germany” during this time.
The Standard Schnauzer Dog Breed in America
The Standard Schnauzer is one of the first dog breeds to have been “officially” recognized by the American Kennel Club back in 1904, which likely spawned the establishment of the first Schnauzer Club of America, which came into existence shortly after the dog arrived in US soil (1925). A few years later, in 1933, it was replaced by two clubs: Standard Schnauzer Club of America, or SSCA, and the American Miniature Schnauzer Club.
As we mentioned, this guy has a white beard in the front and some very bushy eyebrows that are so cute. These dogs are almost always grey, salt and pepper, or black. They have a double coat, and the outercoat is quite wiry. It’s not silky smooth like other dogs. But, if you feel the dog’s undercoat (often white), that’s where it gets soft. The ears of a standard schnauzer can be pointy and upright or pointy and floppy. Mini schnauzers have a similar look and are almost always pepper and salt or black coated.
Personality & Temperament
This is a loveable dog. If we had to say three adjectives to describe the temperament of a schnauzer, we’d probably say: friendly, intelligent, and loyal. Also, these dogs are usually great with children, especially those they meet as puppies. That being said, we want to point out you should never leave any dog alone with a child – both kids and dogs tend to be unpredictable, after all!
Standard Schnauzer Training
Schnauzers need to be socialized early if you want them to be on their best behavior. As the saying goes, it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks (and sometimes the temptation is simply how to be friendly-true for adult humans, too!).
One of the most common…
Ways to housetrain a schnauzer is using the crate training method. You keep the dog in a crate whenever you aren’t home. The idea is that the dog will not go to the bathroom where they sleep. Then you take them outside immediately when you get home. After a while, the dog should get used to having to wait outside before they can use the bathroom.
A schnauzer is an excellent dog for just about any home. Living in an apartment is okay as long as it gets a walk. Miniature schnauzers, just because they’re smaller, are more adept at apartment living. Of course, your schnauzer may bark while you’re away, which could upset your neighbors if you have thin walls. You may consider a muzzle while you’re gone. But…we don’t recommend this for more than a few hours.
Potential Health Problems
Thanks to organizations like the American Kennel Club, any legitimate breeder must follow a set of standards for breeding a standard or miniature schnauzer. The AKC recognizes these breeders. If you are considering a breeder, ask for their certification to ensure it’s a reputable breeder.
When you do this…
You’re most likely going to get a schnauzer free from genetic problems. However, your dog could have some health problems if you don’t. The most common being:
And while neither of these conditions is life-threatening, they can become quite expensive, particularly if they become recurring issues. This is why we here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.
Now will a pet insurance policy be suitable for everyone?
No, probably not. But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?
For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.