The Standard Schnauzer is a medium to large dog breed characterized by its distinctive beard and eyebrows. They are energetic and alert dogs, with an elegant appearance and intelligent expression.

General details

The standard Schnauzer has an average weight of 14 to 20 kilograms in males and 13 to 18 kilograms in females. Its height at the withers is approximately 45 to 50 centimeters in males and 42 to 47 centimeters in females. Their average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. According to the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) classification, the Schnauzer is in Group 2, which includes Schnauzer and Pinscher dogs, Molossers, mountain dogs and Swiss Cattle Dogs.

Breed history in brief

Its origin dates back to the 15th century in Germany, where it was developed as a versatile working dog for various tasks. The original Schnauzer was used as a farm, herding and guard dog, noted for its courage and ability to protect animals and property. During World War I and World War II, it was used as a search and rescue dog, messenger and companion for soldiers. Their intelligence, loyalty and endurance made them valuable companions in difficult times.

Breed characteristics

Its body is medium-sized and robust, with a well-defined muscular structure. Its head is rectangular and elongated, with an alert and lively expression. The eyes are dark and oval, and the ears are folded and drooping, except when cropped, in which case they remain erect. Its tail is sabre or sickle-shaped. The coat is dense and harsh in texture. It is composed of a rough outer coat and a soft undercoat. The most prominent feature of its coat is the prominent eyebrows and beard that cover its face, giving it a distinctive appearance. The most common Schnauzer color is black, but salt and pepper and white varieties are also found. Their balanced temperament and ability to adapt to different environments make them a loving and protective family companion. In addition, their intelligence and energy make them suitable for activities such as obedience, agility and therapy work.

Common health problems

The Standard Schnauzer, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, other eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and corneal dystrophy, pancreatitis and familial hyperlipidemia.

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