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Dogs looking very like today’s Schnauzers existed in the Middle Ages. Both Rembrandt and Reynolds produced works of art portraying these dogs.
Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear. – Dave Barry
The original member of the Schnauzer family, the Standard Schnauzer was developed in Germany as a herder and farmyard ratter. Today the Schnauzer makes an excellent watchdog and family pet. The Schnauzer stands 18 to 20 inches (45-51 cm) tall at the shoulder and is the middle sized of the three schnauzer breeds. He has a hard, wiry, double coat. Coat colours are salt and pepper and solid black.
This breed is active, attractive, robust, intelligent and playful. They make good companions and are very good with children. Standards are intensely loyal and bond strongly to their families. Because of this, they are not the dogs to be left alone in the yard for long periods of time.
As an active breed, they require at least one good walk a day, and enjoy short play periods throughout the day. As pups they are energetic, and a constant source of entertainment.
Although they are quick learners and eager to please, Standards can be stubborn at times. Their owners should be confident and capable of consistent handling.
Schnauzers can be a handful so training should begin early. Although they may look full grown, owners should be aware that Standard Schnauzers mature later and remain “puppies” until close to two years old. Properly trained and socialized, they mature into splendid companions.
Photo displayed courtesy of Mick & Lori Elvin, Dinsdale Reg’d, Ontario