Standard Schnauzer

Working Group

Standard Schnauzer sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 17.5-18.5 in, Males 18.5-19.5 in

Weight

Females 30-45 lbs, Males 35-50 lbs

Life Expectancy

13-16 yrs

History

The Standard Schnauzer originated from Swabia in the Bavarian Alps during the Middle Ages. They were originally bred as multi-purpose farmdogs, tasked with guarding and driving cattle to and from market. Originally called the "Wire-haired Pinscher", they did not receive the name Schnauzer, meaning "whiskered snout" until the start of the 20th century. The Standard Schnauzer did not become popular in the United States until after World War I where they were used by the Germans to relay messages and packages. The Standard Schnauzer was the parent breed to both the Miniature Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Standard Schnauzers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★☆☆☆

★★

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Spirited, clever, and mischievous

Low shedders and have minimal "doggy odor"

Highly intelligent, quick learners that are generally eager to please but can be stubborn at times

Affectionate and protective of family, making them great guard dogs

Are quick to assume the position of alpha in the house if not taught otherwise