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The Schnauzer: A High Energy, Intelligent, little Shadow

The Schnauzer: A High Energy, Intelligent, little Shadow

Because of their unique look, Schnauzers are one of the most recognizable breeds in the world. Before you invite a Schnauzer to come live in your home, here are a few things that you may need to know about this special breed.


Breed Snapshot

•   Size: They can be 45 to 47 cm tall.

•   Coat: They have a double-layered coat that needs to be groomed frequently. The outside coat is thick and coarse and should be thoroughly cleaned and cared for at least once a week to ensure that it stays healthy

•   Energy: Highly energetic. Schnauzers need to be walked one to two times a day. They do not like to be left alone outside

•   Lifespan: 13 to 16 years

•   Country of Origin: Germany

•   Breed Type: There are three different types of Schnauzer breeds: The Giant Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer, and the Miniature Schnauzer

•   Great Breed For: Apartments, Homes with small or big yards, Families with children of all ages



What is the Schnauzer?

The Schnauzer may be a unique-looking dog, but believe it or not, its appearance is not its most defining features. This dog is both courageous and loveable. A fierce protector of those whom he is close to and also a loveable companion that is will be loyal to you and other family members that he bonds with.  The Schnauzer originated in Germany after many dog breeders tried diligently to come up with a type of breed that was both hard-working and protective. Historically, these dogs were known to be incredible workers that were eager to help out around the farm and other areas that they were needed.  Today, the Schnauzer is still known as a diligent worker, as well as a brave and loyal companion.


What Do Schnauzers look like?

There are three different breeds of Schnauzer: The Miniature Schnauzer, the Large Schnauzer, and the Standard Schnauzer. Standard Schnauzers are large dogs and can weigh anywhere from 36 to 50 kgs.

This breed has a very distinctive head and face. Their ears are long and pointed, they have big bushy eyebrows, and their muzzles are long and prominent that feature long, coarse whiskers that hang down on each side.

What makes Schnauzers Special?

Schnauzers are strong, hardworking dogs that love to run and play outside. The Schnauzer has several good qualities, but one of the best qualities that a Schnauzer possesses is its ability to get along with almost anyone. They are great family dogs and are especially good with children of all ages.


How Often Should I Groom My Schnauzer?

Schnauzers need regular grooming to keep their coat clean and healthy. They have a double coat, and the outside coat features long, coarse hair that should be clipped often to help remove dirt and keep the coat soft. It is recommended that they bathe about once a week and their long whiskers should be routinely checked to ensure that there is no food or debris in them. Their nails also grow fairly quickly, so it is a good idea to clip their nails at least once a week.


How Often Should I Walk my Schnauzer?

Schnauzers are highly energetic dogs who love to play outside and do various outdoor activities with members of their family. It is recommended that you take your Schnauzer for a brisk walk or jog at least once a day. If you have a large yard, your Schnauzer will not want to go out there alone. Instead, they prefer to run and play with other animals and people in their family.


How Do I Train My Schnauzer?

The Schnauzer breed is extremely intelligent. Many owners find that they are one of the easiest breeds to train. Because they are so smart, they are able to understand your instructions after only a few repetitions. They can get their feelings hurt very easily. And as a puppy, if you need to reprimand them, you should use a firm but loving voice to help them understand what they have done wrong.


Quickfire Questions

How long will my Schnauzer live?

Schnauzers usually live until they are around 13 to 16 years old

Can My Schnauzer be left alone all day?

Schnauzers crave companionship and do not do well when left by themselves. If you are planning to leave your Schnauzer for an extended period of time, it is recommended that you have another dog at home with to keep him company. If he is the only dog in the house, then you may want to consider sending him to a doggie sitter or have a friend or family member check in on him throughout the day.

What kind of health risk do Schnauzers have?

Schnauzers are usually extremely healthy dogs. On occasion, some Schnauzers have been known to suffer from loss of eyesight and hip dysplasia. This breed used to be known to have cardiomyopathy, but there is now a DNA test that your vet can run to see if your dog is at risk for this condition. If they are at risk, your vet can talk to you about different foods to eat and certain symptoms to look for to ensure that the disorder does not become a problem in the future.

Do Schnauzers have the tendency to bark a lot?

Schnauzers are not usually known to be frequent barkers. For the most part, the dog is calm and tends to not make a lot of noise when in a home. However, like any dog, they can bark whenever they get excited or sense that danger is near

Where can I get a Schnauzer?

Schnauzer breeders can be found all over the country. Because there are three different types of Schnauzer, be sure to specify which type you are interested in when talking to the breeder. This breed can make a great addition to any home, but before you go out and get one for yourself, you need to make sure that you have enough spare time to devote to the emotional and physical care of the Schnauzer.


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