Schnauzer

Originally bred as working dogs on farms, Schnauzers come in three sizes: miniature, standard, and giant.
Schnauzer Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed

HEIGHT

12-27 Lbs.

WEIGHT

12-90 Lbs.

LIFE EXPECTANCY

10-16 Years

Schnauzer Information

The Schnauzer is a medium-sized dog breed that originates from Germany. The name “Schnauzer” comes from the German word for “muzzle” or “snout.” The breed is characterized by its distinctively bearded snout and bushy eyebrows.

Schnauzers come in three sizes: miniature, standard, and giant. All three sizes are considered to be intelligent, alert, and loyal dogs that make excellent companions and watchdogs. The miniature Schnauzer is the most popular size in the United States.

Schnauzers were originally bred as working dogs on farms. Farmers used them to guard property, herd livestock, and ratting (catching and killing rats). Today, Schnauzers are still used as working dogs in some capacity, but they are more likely to be found as family pets.

Schnauzers are versatile dogs that can do well in a variety of homes and lifestyles. They are relatively low-maintenance dogs that require moderate exercise and grooming.

Exercise Needs

The exercise needs of a Schnauzer depend on the size of the dog. Miniature and standard Schnauzers require about 30 minutes of exercise per day, while giant Schnauzers need at least an hour of exercise daily.

All Schnauzers benefit from a daily walk, but they also need opportunities to run and play. Many Schnauzers enjoy playing fetch and going for runs with their owners.

Schnauzers are relatively active dogs indoors and do well in small homes and apartments. They are not a good fit for homes where they will be left alone for long periods of time, as they can become bored and destructive.

Training

The Schnauzer is an intelligent breed that is relatively easy to train. They respond well to positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, treats, and play.

Schnauzers can be headstrong at times, so it is important to be consistent with training. They need firm but fair handling in order to learn best.

Health Issues

The Schnauzer is a relatively healthy breed with a lifespan of 12-15 years. Some health issues that have been seen in the breed include von Willebrand’s disease, diabetes, and hip dysplasia.

Schnauzers are also prone to certain skin conditions such as allergies and dryness. It is vital to keep an eye on your Schnauzer’s skin and to consult a veterinarian if you notice any unusual bumps, redness, or scaling.

Grooming

The grooming needs of a Schnauzer depend on the size and coat type. Miniature Schnauzers have a wiry coat that requires regular trimming and clipping. Standard and giant Schnauzers have a softer coat that can be kept shorter with regular brushing.

All Schnauzers need to have their facial hair trimmed or clipped on a regular basis. This is typically done every few weeks to keep the hair out of the dog’s eyes and to prevent it from getting too long.

Schnauzers also need to be bathed on a regular basis, typically every two weeks or so. It is essential to use a dog-specific shampoo to avoid drying out the skin.

Breed Identification

COLORS

Solid Black Or Pepper And Salt

HAIR LENGTH

Medium

Breed Care

GROOMING

More than once a week

EXERCISE NEEDS

Up to 1 hour per day

HEALTH CONDITIONS

Elbow Dysplasia, Panosteitis, Hip Dysplasia, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat), Myotonia, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Mitral Valve Disease, Atopic Dermatitis, Portosystemic Shunts, Hypothyroidism

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