Non-sporting Breeds

Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 18-19 in (46-49cm) Bitch:17-18 in(44-46cm)
Weight: 33 lb (15kg)
Coat: Tight, hard, and wiry with a soft undercoat
Color: Pure black (white markings on head, chest, and legs undesirable), or pepper and salt; darker facial mask is desirable

The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest of three varieties of Schnauzer,the others being the Miniature and Giant. Its origins are obscure. Some say that it was a cross between two now extinct breeds, the Beaver Dog of the Middle Ages and a rough-coated dog, perhaps a terrier, that was kept to dispel vermin. Others think that it evolved from the extinct Schafer Pudel and the Wire-haired German Pinscher. Others believe that it is descended from drovers dogs, including the Bouvier des Flandres to which it bears a close resemblance. The Schnauzer is an attractive, robust, intelligent, and playful dog that makes a good companion and is generally good with children. It enjoys plenty of exErcise, and its wiry coat needs a certain amount of stripping and plucking. Pet dogs can be clipped but this will spoil the coat for showing, so owners wishing to exhibit are advised to discuss grooming with the breeder at the time of purchase.
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