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Standard Schnauzer Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em
By Michele Welton.
Copyright © 2000-2012
The AKC Standard says of the
Standard Schnauzer, "His nature combines high-spirited temperament with extreme
high-energy dogs. Without lots of exercise and activity—this could include
walks, jogs or constructive “tasks”—they can get a little off-kilter and
destructive (chewing, digging, etc.).
Clever and trainable, Standard Schnauzers nevertheless have a fearless streak.
On walks, they may confront larger dogs. They may also become more territorial
as they grow older. Make sure to always walk them on a leash, and remember to
maintain a firm but positive hand while training.
A healthy Standard Schnauzer can live as long as 15 years, maybe even longer.
Relatively healthy, they can sometimes develop eye problems like cataracts.
Standard Schnauzers need to be brushed regularly to avoid matting. You might
want to occasionally trim their beards as well. These dogs need regular
professional grooming to look their best.
The Standard Schnauzer's keen
expression is what you may notice first. Some are "harder tempered," projecting
boldness, seriousness, and vigor, while others are sweeter and more mellow.
Lively indoors and out, the agile,
athletic Standard Schnauzer loves to play games and needs brisk walking every
day and a chance to run several times per week.
Mental exercise (such as advanced
obedience or agility) will satisfy his highly developed intelligence. Without
structured activities, he will find his own amusements -- and his choices may
change the appearance of your house or yard.
Most Standard Schnauzers are aloof
with strangers, but with proper socialization are sensible and discriminating
about who is a friend and who is not. Many Standard Schnauzers are aggressive
with other dogs of the same sex.
One of the smartest of all breeds,
and one of the best problem-solvers, the Standard Schnauzer is clever,
strong-willed, and persistent. Unless you establish yourself as the alpha
(number one), he can be demanding. Yet owners who know how to lead and who use
upbeat training methods will find him eminently trainable.
This sensitive dog seems always
aware of your moods and likes to be physically close to you and watching you.
Is conveniently-sized and
sturdy, yet also elegant, graceful, and light on his feet
Has a wiry coat that doesn't
shed too much, and a whiskery face with a wise expression
Plays hard and thrives on
vigorous athletic activities
Makes a keen watchdog and an
effective deterrent -- stands firmly on the ground with boldness and
Is versatile -- when
well-trained, can learn and do almost anything
A Standard Schnauzer may be right for you.
Vigorous exercise requirements
Rowdiness and exuberant
jumping, especially when young
Destructiveness when bored or
not exercised enough or left alone too much
Suspiciousness in some lines,
or when not socialized enough
Aggression toward other animals
Strong-willed mind of his own,
requiring a confident owner who can take charge
Regular clipping and trimming
of the wiry coat
If I was considering a Standard Schnauzer, I would
be most concerned about...
Providing enough exercise and
mental stimulation. Standard
Schnauzers MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and to use
their busy minds to do interesting things. Otherwise they will become
rambunctious and bored -- which they usually express by barking and
socialization. Most Standard
Schnauzers have protective instincts toward strangers. They need extensive
exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of
"good guys." Then they can recognize the difference when someone acts
abnormally. Without careful socialization, they may be suspicious of everyone,
which could lead to biting. Some Standard Schnauzers go in the opposite
direction -- without enough socialization, they become fearful of strangers,
which can lead to defensive biting.
aggression. Many Standard
Schnauzers are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs of the same sex. Some
have strong instincts to chase and seize cats and other fleeing creatures.
The strong temperament. The
best Standard Schnauzers are versatile working dogs, capable of learning a
great deal, but they have an independent mind of their own and are not
pushovers to raise and train. Some Standard Schnauzers are willful, obstinate,
and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can
make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that
you mean what you say.
Standard Schnauzer is an active and fun-loving companion, as well as a devoted
The beauty of this breed is impressive and
often thrilling with grace and agility of their movement. The Standards are a
strong breed with stubborn streaks, and very athletic
for a Standard Schnauzer or Miniature Schnauzer; be careful and look and check
off these very important points when looking for a Breeder:
They keep the dogs in the home
and as part of the family - not outside in kennel runs. You should also make
sure the area where the puppies are kept is clean.
They have Standard Schnauzers who
appear happy and healthy. The dogs are excited to meet new people, and don't shy
away from visitors.
A good dog breeder will encourage
you to spend time with the puppy's parents - or at least the the pup's mother -
when you visit. They want your entire family to meet the puppy and are happy for
you to make several visits.
They breed only one or two types
of dogs (maybe Standard Schnauzers and Miniatures) AND they are very familiar
with the "breed standards". Follow the links at the bottom of this page to find
out the exact breed standards for Standard Schnauzers.
Schnauzer breeders should provide you with a written contract and health
guarantee and allow you plenty of time to read it. Good Miniature Schnauzer
breeders will also show you records of the puppy's veterinary visits and explain
what vaccinations your new puppy will need.
Gives you guidance on caring and
training for your puppy and is available for your assistance after you take your
They feed their dogs high quality
"premium" dog food.
They don't always have puppies
available, but will keep a list of interested people for the next available
And finally...... good Standard
Schnauzer breeders will provide references of other families who have bought
their puppies. Make sure you call at least one.
It could save
you a lot of time, money and worry in the future and help to ensure that you and
your chosen puppy are happy together for many years to come.
puppies are what we all want. Taking the time now to find responsible Standard
Schnauzer breeders is time well spent.
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 snout. The nose is black and
the eyes are oval and dark brown. The teeth should form a scissors bite. The
feet are small and cat-like, with arched toes. The tail is
generally docked at the fourth vertebra, but cropping the ears is optional. The
forelegs are very straight. Any dewclaws should be removed. The front legs
must appear straight from every
angle, while its rear legs and thighs are oblique and very muscular. He has a
harsh, wiry outer coat and dense, soft undercoat. The coat comes in salt &
pepper or solid black.
The breed is robust, intelligent and
adaptable. Often referred to as the dog with the human brain. The
Schnauzer requires human companionship and thrives as a member of a family,
being great with children and loyal protector and watcher of home and hearth.
Height: Males 18-20 inches (46-51 cm.) Females
17-19 inches (43-48 cm.)
Weight: Males 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg.) Females 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg.)
Ideally, the height should be the same as the length, resulting in a rather
wiry coat is reasonably easy to look after, but the undercoat is dense and it
will become matted unless it is combed or brushed daily with a short wire brush.
Clip out knots and brush first with the grain, then against the grain to lift
the coat. The animal should be clipped all over to an even length twice a year
- in spring and fall. A person can easily learn how to do it. Trim around the
eyes and ears with blunt-nosed scissors and clean the whiskers after meals.
They have no doggie odor and shed little to no hair.
The Standard Schnauzer is probably the oldest of
three Schnauzer breeds. They are originally a German breed,
named after the German word for muzzle, "Schnauze." They were used to accompany
coaches, as messengers 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 as retrievers. The breed has been portrayed in paintings
and tapestries of several European artists, including Rembrandt and Durer, 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 talents include: hunting, tracking, retrieving, guarding, military
work, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.