At A Glance

Size: Medium

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

Height: 17" - 20"

Life Span: 13 - 15 years


Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Working

Origin: Germany

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Agility Trials, Search & Rescue, Obedience Work

History and Facts: 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.

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

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Generally healthy breed; can be prone to hip dysplasia; minor eye problems and hyperthyroidism

Special Needs
Exercise: 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: 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.


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