- Other names:
The Standard Schnauzer is the original size Schnauzer from which the the other two types are bred (the Miniature and Giant Schnauzers). If you want to brag on your dog's intelligence, this is the breed for you. They are capable of doing almost any job from ratting and military jobs in the German homeland to bomb and cancer sniffing here in the United States. Without a firm and consistent leader,they can become a mischievous nightmare; those without time and willpower to do this should never consider this breed. The Standard Schnauzer Club of America contends that this dog is actually better in a family setting where there are plenty of loved ones to exercise its intelligent mind. They are alert and protective companions making superb watch dogs for any household. Ideally they need plenty of outdoor playtime in a fenced area. Members of this breed are not likely to shed or have much doggy odor if properly groomed. Brushing every few days and twice yearly stripping by a groomer is recommended by the AKC. These dogs have very few major health issues and will likely live 12-14 years.