Notes on the Schnauzer dog breed
Schnauzers are known for their
distinctive beards and long, feathery eyebrows. The Schnauzer originated
in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. The term comes from Schnauze
, the German word for "snout", because of the dog's distinctively
bearded snout. The word Schnauzer also means moustache in German.
Although the Schnauzer is considered a terrier-type dog, they do
not have the typical terrier temperament. Protective, energetic
The Schnauzer type consists of the giant, standard and miniature.
Miniature Schnauzers are around 30 cm tall at the
shoulder and weigh between 14 and 20 lbs. They have high energy
levels and are very intelligent dogs. Coat colours - salt and pepper,
black, and black and silver. The miniature Schnauzer came about
by crossing the original schnauzer with breeds which included the
poodle and the affenpinscher. Making excellent pets, they are loyal
companions and are rarely aggressive toward strangers, although
they are quick to bark at a perceived threat.
Standard Schnauzers are approx 46 cm tall at the
shoulder, weighing 30 to 45 lbs. They are in the group of working
dogs. Standard schnauzers have been used as ratters and guard dogs.
Also carried messages in times of war, helped the Red Cross and
been police dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are around 60 cm tall at the shoulder
and weigh between 55 and 80 lb. Classed as working dogs. Historically,
Giant Schnauzers herded cattle and were guard dogs at breweries.