Schnauzer (Standard)

A.K.A. : Mittelschnauze, Schnauzer, Wirehair Pinscher
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Overview: The Standard Schnauzer is a devoted family friend. A mid-sized dog, it is well adapted to city or country life. This breed responds very well to obedience training and loves a lot of high energy exercise.
Breed Group: Working
Weight (lbs): male: 40-45, female: 35-40
Height (in): male: 18-19, female: 17-18
Colors: Pepper and salt or pure black.
Coat: Tight, hard, wiry and very thick with a soft, close under-coat. Whiskers, mustache, and eyebrows-its hallmark.
Character: Schnauzers are even-tempered, and eager to please. A very intelligent breed, these dogs learn quickly.
Temperament: Bold and lively, the Standard Schnauzer is a fun-loving companion and guardian. It is clever and headstrong, it can be mischievous. It a devoted family dog and very reliable with children. It is good with family pets, but it can be aggressive toward strange dogs, animals or rodents. It is reserved with strangers, sometimes acting suspicious and protective.
Care: Its harsh coat needs combing twice weekly, plus professional scissoring and shaping four times yearly. Shaping is done by stripping for show dogs and can be done by clipping for pets.
Training: This breed learns very fast, but can be somewhat stubborn. Training should be fair and consistent and don't forget that this breed will respond well to your voice.
Activity: The Standard Schnauzer needs daily exertion, either a long walk on leash, a vigorous game, or an off-lead outing in a safe area.
Country of Origin: Germany
Health Issue: Major concerns: none Minor concerns: CHD (canine hip dysplasia), follicular dermatitis.
Life Expectancy: 12-14
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