Size: Medium Height: 45 - 50 cm (18 - 20 inches) Weight: 14.5 - 15.5 kg (32 - 34 lb) Life Span: 14 years Grooming: Straightforward Exercise: Medium Feeding: Medium Temperament: Alert & reliable Country of Origin: Germany AKC Group: Working Other Names: Standard Schnauzer, Mittelschnauzer
General Appearance: Rugged, robust and squarely-built. Colour: Salt and pepper or solid black. Coat: The outer coat is wiry and harsh and under coat is soft and dense. Tail: Set high and customarily docked. Ears: Set high, V-shaped with tips dropping forward towards temple. In some countries they can be cropped and carried erect. Body: The chest is moderately wide and back is short. The belly is slightly raised and shoulders are flat and muscular.
Temperament: Fearless, protective, lively, affectionate, intelligent, observant and spirited. Schnauzers are dependable dogs that learn quickly and are eager pupils. They do have a stubborn side, but will respond well to fair and consistent training. They make good watch dogs and guard dogs as they are naturally distrusting of people they do not know. Schnauzers get along well with other dogs and household pets and are very tolerant of children.
Grooming: The coat of Schnauzer needs to be plucked by hand at least twice a year. Plucking is necessary with most wire-haired breeds as it is only way to keep both coat and skin in it's best condition. The excess hair between pads of feet should be clipped and loose hair in ear canals should be removed. The beard, moustache and eyebrows need regular combing to prevent tangles. The advantage with these dogs is that they shed little or no hair and don't tend to have a dog odour.