A German breed of great antiquity, the Standard Schnauzer was developed by interbreeding black German Poodle, gray Wolf Spitz and Wirehaired Pinscher stock. This renowned vermin hunter’s greatest moment came during the World War I, when they were used as messengers by the fighting troops. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904.
A strongly built dog with a muscular body, the Standard Schnauzer has a proportional body and a rectangular head. The dog weighs around 45 pounds and the average height is 20 inches. It has oval, dark brown eyes and black nose. The dog’s front legs are straight from every angle. The outer coat is dense and wiry and it comes in salt and pepper or solid black colors.
An intelligent and affectionate breed, the Standard Schnauzer is full of life. It has a Terrier-like personality and loves human company. Though a quick learner, this breed’s willful nature makes firm training a necessity. The dog is very protective and good at guarding objects, places and people. The Standard Schnauzer is best with mature, considerate children and is good with other pets.
Normal life expectancy of the Standard Schnauzer is 15 years. The breed is prone to cataracts, eye problems, joint problems, and von Willebrand’s disease.
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