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The Standard Schnauzer needs very Good Care and Feeding
By: Tippy

The Standard Schnauzer is a sturdy and robust, long-lived,
medium-sized dog and the original of the three Schnauzer
breeds. Standard Schnauzers are working and companion dogs
that are known for their abilities as German war dogs in the
World Wars and in herding, search and rescue, drug and bomb
sniffing, tracking, and therapy, as well as in agility,
obedience and other trials. They are also excellent family
dogs that will willingly play with the children and guard
the home.

The body of the Standard Schnauzer is square-built, with a
thick, harsh, wiry top coat and soft undercoat of black or
salt-and-pepper. It has a long head with brown eyes, a black
nose, prominent, arched eyebrows, a bristly mustache and
long whiskers. The name Schnauzer is said to come from the
German word for "walrus moustache."

The eyes are brown and the high-set ears are commonly
cropped to stand erect. Tails are also commonly docked where
docking and cropping are legal. Male Standard Schnauzers
should be between eighteen and twenty inches in height
(forty-six to fifty-one centimeters) and females between
seventeen and nineteen inches (forty-three to forty-eight
centimeters) tall. Weights may be between thirty and forty-
five pounds (thirteen and a half to twenty and a half
kilograms), depending on the dog's sex.

According to the American Kennel Club standard the Standard
Schnauzer has high intelligence and senses, a strong
aptitude for training, and is fearless, with a strong
endurance and resistance against illness and weather

They are high spirited and yet reliable. The first
Schnauzers shown in the United States were classed as
Terriers, and although they are not terriers and were
quickly put into their own class as Schnauzers, the breed
does share the terrier qualities of assertiveness, hunting
skill, bravery, and intelligence. These dogs need confident,
dominant masters.

Lovers of the breed call the Standard Schnauzer "The dog
with the human brain" and the "kinderwatcher" because of
their natural desire to guard the children and their innate
reasoning ability. They have an inbred affinity for both
carting and herding and are wonderful with children of all

The origins of the Standard Schnauzer are a bit murky. Some
histories say that the Standard Schnauzer was once called
the Wire Haired Pinscher and was a shepherd dog of the
Austrian Tyrol beginning around the fourteenth century. The
dogs were gradually taken to Bavarian and were popular there
over the next centuries where they herded cattle and guarded
property, often traveling with the wagons of merchants and
tradesmen to protect against robbers and to guard the

Today the Standard Schnauzer is still ready and able to
follow its master through woods and streets or on long car
rides and needs a life of activity and challenge to remain
happy, healthy and well balanced.

Standard Schnauzer Dog

My Advice for Standard Schnauzers
Dr. Jane Bicks

Of the three schnauzers - miniature, standard, and
giant - the standard schnauzer is the prototype
for the others.

It's compact, muscled body, flowing feathers on 
the legs, and notorious skin problems require a
high quality alternative food with the addition
of a vegetable enzyme.

The giants require bloat prevention, slow growth, 
and L-carnitine and taurine rich foods.

The miniature schnauzer requires exercise and
careful feeding because of the tendency to get fat.

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