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Size: Medium

Weight: Males (40 - 45 lbs.); Females (32 - 40 lbs.)

Height: 17" - 20"

Life Span: 13 - 15 years

Health Problems: Generally healthy breed; can be prone to hip dysplasia; minor eye problems and hyperthyroidism

Origin: Germany

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Working

Category: Companion Dog, Agility Trials, Search & Rescue, Obedience Work

Exercise Needs

Lots of vigorous exercise recommended for the Schnauzer - several daily walks and some run-free time. Leashing is recommended for this breed. This dog thrives on playtime, and if left alone for long periods of time, the Schnauzer tends to become destructive. If this dog receives plenty of exercise, it tends to do fairly well in an apartment setting.

Grooming Needs

The hard, wiry double coat of the Schnauzer needs daily brushing. Trim hair around eyes and ears. Non-show dogs should be clipped several times per year. This breed is a low shedding one.


The Schnauzer is intelligent, independent, versatile, clever, affectionate, trainable, protective and active. This breed thrives on human company and is good at doing tricks.

Compatibility with Kids

Early socialization is important. Good family dog, best with older, well-behaved children. Generally can't be trusted with other pets. Can be aggressive with other dogs.


These dogs are depicted in 15th century art and were bred in Germany to be family pets, farm and guard dogs, as well as herders and ratters. The breed came to North America in the 1920s.

Pet Facts

"Schnauzer" means "whiskered muzzle." The breed is rugged, strong, active and robust. The coat is salt and pepper or solid black. The face has a bushy mustache, eyebrows and beard."