Three different types of Schnauzer have been developed and all share a common ancestry. The Giant Schnauzer measures about 25 Inch (63.5 cm) at the shoulder, but these two forms are much smaller, standing approximately 14 Inch (35.5 cm) and 19 Inch (48 cm) tall, respectively,. They are of German origin, with the word Schnauze translating as ‘muzzle’, and describing the characteristic longer hair here, which is a feature of these dog breeds.
Coat Type/Colour: Long; grey and white
Height: 14 Inch (35.5 cm); 19 Inch (48 cm)
Weight: 13 – 15 lb (5.9 – 6.8 kg); 33 lb (15 kg)
Classification: Utility/toy/companion; utility/working/gundog
Nature: Lively, playful; wary of strangers
The Standard Schnauzer existed as long ago as the seventeenth century, being used as a cattle dog and also valued for its rat-catching abilities. It first became known in show circles in the late 1800s, as the Wire-haired Pinscher, before being recognized under its present name. Selection of the smallest dogs from litters of the Standard Schnauzer, and resulting crossings of these, probably with the Affenpinscher, eventually led to the development of the Miniature Schnauzer.
Their wiry coat needs a good daily brushing, and you may also have to wash the hair around the mouth if it becomes soiled with food. The use of a dried or semi-moist dog food can be useful in preventing this problem. A regular trim every few months is required to keep the coat immaculate. This can be carried out at your local grooming parlour.
Schnauzers dog breed of all sizes will prove lively dogs, who enjoy a good game. They are very devoted to members of the family, but are very devoted to members of the family, but are rather suspicious of strangers. As guard dogs, they will give an early indication of intruders.