Standard Schnauzers were originally bred to be ratters, guard dogs, and all-purpose dogs on German farms.
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This is a German breed of great antiquity, appearing in paintings of Durer and Rembrandt. In Mechlinburg a statue dating back to the 14th century of a hunter with a schnauzer crouching at his feet stands in the market place. All the schnauzers had their origins in the neighboring kingdoms of Bavaria and Wurtemmburg. Standard schnauzers are reported to be a cross of the gray wolf spitz and, later, the black German poodle with the wire-haired pinscher stock.
2) Original Schnauzer
Unlike the Poodle, the three sizes of Schnauzers are completely separate breeds. The Standard Schnauzer is the original size, from which the Miniature Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer were developed. The Standard Schnauzer's history can be traced back to the Middle Ages in Germany.
The name "Schnauzer" comes from the German word, "schnauze," which means snout or muzzle. (You might notice that schnauze sounds a bit like "shnaz," a slang word for a big nose.) Schnauzers used to be called Wirehaired Pinschers, but the name Schnauzer took over by the early 1900s.
4) Family Pets
This breed is known for being an outstanding companion who's completely devoted to their family members. They're not necessarily "one person dogs," instead they appreciate all of the members of their "pack." The Standard Schnauzer is particularly good with children, as they're extremely playful, yet tolerant. They also make for awesome watch dogs, ready to alert anyone of an intruder who might threaten their home or family.
5) Versatile Breed
The wirehaired dogs that would become the modern Standard Schnauzer performed many jobs for German families. They guarded the livestock, hunted vermin, and protected their owners as they went to and from the market. The Standard Schnauzer was the perfect size because he was small enough to fit in the farmer's cart, but big enough to serve as a guard dog.
The standard schnauzer combines unusual intelligence and reliability with a high-spirited temperament. In this country and in Germany, these dogs are used primarily as personal guards and companions. Their devotion and bravery together with their intelligence makes them suitable in this role. They are watchful, courageous, easily trained, and loyal to family.
The general impression of the standard schnauzer is a compact, sinewy, square-built dog, sturdy and alert, with a stiff wiry coat and bristling eyebrows and beard. Standing between 17 1/2 to 18 1/2 inches (females) or 18 1/2 to 19 1/2 inches (males), they fall into the medium category of size for dogs. All schnauzers in Germany have their ears cropped; however, the American Schnauzer Club allows dogs to be shown with both cropped and natural ears. A docked tail is also typical.
Standard schnauzers need a fair amount of exercise. They need walks and playtime. If you do not give them enough exercise, they will exercise themselves! Running through the house with toys, chasing the kids, getting in the way, and basically being a pest is the way standard schnauzers will display their boredom and restlessness. Being family-oriented, they would prefer to be with their family rather than isolated in a kennel or in the backyard.
The colors for a standard schnauzer can be pepper and salt or pure black. The typical pepper and salt color of the topcoat results from the combination of black and white hairs and white hairs banded with black. Acceptable are all shades of pepper and salt and dark iron gray to silver gray. Ideally, pepper and salt standard schnauzers have a gray undercoat, but a tan or fawn undercoat is not to be penalized. It is desirable for the dog to have a darker facial mask that harmonizes with the particular shade of coat color.
The Standard Schnauzer first began appearing in the United States in the early 1900s. They either came with German immigrant families, or with Americans who had traveled to Germany and wanted to bring a Schnauzer home.