The Schnauzer

The Schnauzer was originally from Germany, and its name is believed to be derived from the word snout.  This versatile breed comes in 3 sizes, Mini, Standard and Giant, with the mini becoming increasingly popular in cities.  This breed is great for the family that wants to keep active.  They are seen in all areas of the dog world, including Agility and Obedience.   The Schnauzer was originally bred as a working dog and can be quite vocal.  Consistent training should be given top priority to help keep the barking to a minimum.  The bonus is that these protective dogs do not let anyone enter the home un-announced. They are a very clever and loyal breed and you may find many of them living in pairs.  This breed will need to visit a groomer on a regular basis, but is low shedding.

Miniature Schnauzer


The Miniature Schnauzer evolved in the 1890s from crossings of the Standard Schnauzer and Affenpinschers. The Miniature Schnauzer was reported to have been seen in Britain since 1928. They were bred for catching rats, herding livestock and other farm work.

Miniature Schnauzers are typified by their prominent eyebrows, moustaches and long beards. They usually have solid black, black and silver, or salt and pepper coats. They require regular and specialized grooming specific to their breed: stripping or clipping, with regular brushing in between; however, this breed sheds very little. Classified as a Terrier, Miniature Schnauzers have a high prey drive. They can do well with cats they have grown up with.

Miniature Schnauzers benefit greatly from training exercises such as flyball and other agility sports. Friendly, intelligent and willing to please, they are suitable for city dwelling, but do need daily exercise.

Standard Schnauzer

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The Standard Schnauzer was officially recognized by the AKC in 1904. They are known to be sociable and affectionate,  and especially love children.

They are usually smart and active, and needs lots of exercise, training and playtime.

They are a robust, sturdily built slightly square looking medium size dog. The rugged build and dense harsh coat are accentuated by the hallmark arched eyebrows and the bristly mustache and whiskers.

Giant Schnauzer


The Giant Schnauzer is a working breed developed in Germany. It is thought to include mixes of Great Dane, Bouvier de Flandres and

It was originally bred to assist on farms by helping drive cattle to market and guard property. It was then used as a guard dog for businesses and a military dog in wars. Today they participate in dog sports and some work as police dogs. The Giant Schnauzer may be suspicious of strangers and can be territorial. They are usually easily trained, and deeply loyal to their owner. They are also usually very intelligent, energetic and high spirited, and can become bored easily. They need lots of physical and mental exercise.

They have dense coarse coat that protects them from the weather and from vermin. Giant Schnauzers come in two main colour patterns: Solid black, and pepper and salt. Bobby from our Rescues Rock episode is white and possibly a mix. Like other Schnauzers, they have a distinct beard and eyebrows.




Sizes: miniature
Personality: alert, fearless, friendly, independent, intelligent, obedient, spirited
Kid Friendly (1-5): 3
Activity Level (1-5): 5
Trainability (1-5): 4

Hair lengths: short, long
Shedding (1-5): 1
Jobs: city living, doorbell, hunting, sporting

More about Schnauzer- Miniature, Giant and Standard Dog Breed:

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