The Standard Schnauzer
is the original breed of the three sizes of Schnauzer. They are a handsome, robust, squarely built, medium-sized dog with aristocratic bearing. The coat is harsh, and wiry with minimal shedding and is salt and pepper or solid black in colour. The Standard Shnauzer is sociable, alert, a comedian, a formidable guard, and a family companion. Properly raised and trained, they are reliable companions with their own family's children. They are usually not unnecessary barkers. They are noted for guarding the family home and for displaying devotion to their immediate family
The middle-sized member of the Schnauzer family is suitable for those who want something a little larger than the Miniature but not quite as big as the Giant. He is known in America as the Standard Schnauzer.
The home country for the Schnauzer is Germany, where the standard version filled many roles: ratter, drovers’ dog, stock tender and guard in the house and stables. He was even used to pull carts to market, making him the all-round farm dog. The first standard for the medium-size Schnauzer was produced in 1880.
This good-looking, robust dog is well muscled and has a harsh, wiry coat in either black or salt and pepper (shades of grey), which needs a lot of attention to keep him looking smart and tailored. He has a lively nature, is a good house-dog and guard and enjoys obedience work. Gentle, patient and trustworthy with children, he is the ideal companion for an active person who is able to give him plenty of exercise.
Males are ideally between 18 and 20 inches (45cm-50cm) high at the shoulders and generally weigh between 35 and 50 pounds (15.5 kg-22.5 kg). Females are ideally between 17 and 19 inches( 42.5 cm-47.5 cm) high at the shoulders and generally weigh between 30 and 45 pounds(13,5kg-20,2kg).
Standard schnazuers are very rare breed to get hold off and you may have to wait for a puppy there was only 279 puppies born in the whole of the UK in 2009 compaired to 5,231 Miniature schnauzer born the same period .
Both sizes make great famerly pets how ever standards are not best for first time dog owners has they need a slighly more trainning then the miniatures but if you put the work in you will have a wounderfull pet and friend schnauzers are fairly easy to train and like most dogs you will need to keep up the trainning on a dayly basis .
This is a thinking dog. His fanciers like to claim that he has a human brain, and indeed, you can almost see him stroking his beard as the wheels go round in his head, plotting his next move to take over your household and run it in an efficient German manner. The Standard Schnauzer is smart, smart, smart, and you should be too if you want to stay one step ahead of him.
You’ll need to give this mischievous, quick and active dog plenty of physical and mental exercise every day, or he will get bored and find his own job to do. Take him on three 20-minute walks at a fast clip or an hour-long hike, or schedule active playtime in a safely enclosed, traffic-free area.
As far as a job goes, daily training practice counts as “work,” as does guarding the house, greeting visitors, going with you to bring in the mail, helping you in the yard… you get the idea. The Standard Schnauzer is also a whiz at canine sports, including agility, herding, obedience, rally and tracking, and he makes an excellent therapy dog.
A proper Standard Schnauzer has natural guarding instincts, but he needs early, frequent socialization so he can learn how to distinguish between threats and normal situations. Purchase a Standard Schnauzer puppy from a breeder who raises the pups in the home and ensures that they are exposed to many different household sights and sounds, as well as people, before they go off to their new homes.
Continue socializing your Standard Schnauzer throughout his life by taking him to puppy kindergarten class, visits to friends and neighbors, and outings to local shops and businesses. He will welcome people that you invite into the house, but other strangers can expect a cold reception.
On the down side, a Standard Schnauzer can be messy to keep. His beard will drip water after he drinks and will need to be cleaned after meals. His coat must be combed a couple times a week and needs professional grooming or at-home clipping to maintain its distinctive appearance.
Begin training as soon as you bring your Standard Schnauzer puppy home. Use positive reinforcement training techniques such as praise, play and food rewards, combined with a nothing-in-life-is-free program that requires him to “work” for food, treats, toys and playtime by first performing a command such as sit or down. The Standard Schnauzer thinks for himself, but he learns quickly and will respond to kind, firm, consistent training. Don’t make him repeat the same action over and over again. He’s smart and becomes bored easily, so keep training sessions interesting. He’s a bit of a comedian, so expect him to put his own clever spin on anything you ask him to do.
The Standard Schnauzer is best suited to a home with a large yard surrounded by a solid fence that is at least five or six feet high. Do not rely on an underground electronic fence to keep him contained. The shock it provides is nothing to this tough dog, and he won’t let it deter him from leaving the yard if that’s what he wants to do.
Standard Schnauzers can be a good choice for families with children, but parents should always supervise. Standards can also get along well with other family pets, including cats, but they may be aggressive towards dogs they don’t know.
The Standard Schnauzer’s coat must be brushed or combed at least a couple of times a week to prevent or remove mats and tangles. To maintain the Standard Schnauzer’s distinctive look, you’ll need to trim his head and body regularly. You can take him to a professional groomer or learn to do it yourself. Other grooming requirements include cleaning the ears and trimming the nails as needed, brushing his teeth and bathing him when he’s dirty.
While you might think of him as an outdoor dog, nothing could be farther from the truth. Standard Schnauzers are guardian dogs, devoted to their people. A Standard Schnauzer should certainly have access to a securely fenced yard, but when the family is home, he should be in the house with them.
Standard Schnauzer Temperament and Personality
Life is never dull with a Standard Schnauzer, courtesy of his sociable, intelligent and oftentimes comedic nature. He is also a serious protector, with a natural bent toward looking after his family.
The Standard Schnauzer thrives in a family, and he is a good and trustworthy companion of children. He is a clever and inquisitive dog and, at times, known to be stubborn and strong willed. But if raised with plenty of love, training and attention, he will grow into an irreplaceable family dog.
The Standard Schnauzer is naturally territorial and discerning, so don’t be surprised when he barks at newcomers to your home. Once he gets to know family friends, the Standard Schnauzer will accept such comings and goings. However, he will always guard his family against strangers.
Hardly a couch potato, the Standard Schnauzer is a high-energy canine. He needs a lot of exercise, not only to keep in good physical condition but also to keep him mentally stimulated. Plan on long daily walks, playtime romps in the yard, and activities such as obedience training. Expect a Standard Schnauzer puppy to constantly explore and investigate his surroundings.
Training should begin right away for the Standard Schnauzer puppy. Even at 8 weeks old, he is capable of learning good manners. Never wait until he is 6 months old to begin training, or you will have a bigger, more headstrong dog to handle. If possible, get him into puppy kindergarten class by the time he is 10 to 12 weeks old, and socialize, socialize, socialize. However, be aware that many puppy training classes require certain vaccines (like kennel cough) to be up to date, and many veterinarians recommend limited exposure to other dogs and public places until puppy vaccines (including rabies, distemper and parvovirus) have been completed. In lieu of formal training, you can begin training your puppy at home and socializing him among family and friends until puppy vaccines are completed. These experiences as a young dog will help him grow into a sensible, calm adult dog.
Talk with a reputable, experienced Standard Schnauzer breeder. Describe exactly what you’re looking for in a canine companion, and ask for assistance in selecting a puppy. Breeders see the puppies daily and can make uncannily accurate recommendations once they know something about your lifestyle and personality. Choose a puppy whose parents have nice personalities and who has been well socialized by the breeder from early birth.