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Standard Schnauzer

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The original Schnauzer breed, the Standard Schnauzer has not enjoyed the popularity of its progeny the Miniature and Giant.  However the Standard Schnauzer may be the best of the three (probably due to a lack of overbreeding) with exceptional health (as a breed) and solid temperaments, the Standard Schnauzer would likely be a much better choice for many homes than the larger or smaller versions.  Regardless, the breed's fanciers in the US have worked diligently and successfully in creating a solid breeding program and devoted following for the breed.

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General Information
Group(s): Working Height: 18-19 inches
Weight: 35-45 pounds Longevity: midteens
Colors: pure black or pepper and salt. Coat type: harsh wiry and short with dense undercoat
Recognized Registries: ANKC, CKC, KC, AKC, UKC, NCA, FCI and others
Overall Appearance: Sturdy, robust nearly square medium sized dog with elegant, sinewy neck and alert expression.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: strong, vigorous with great stamina, funloving attitude, devoted,
  with Children: generally very good when socialized and handled properly
  with other pets: variable
  with dogs: variable
Socialization requirements: fairly high
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the workman like attitude of this breed.
Temperament Notes: Needs ongoing physical and mental stimulation or will be into everything as they seek something to do. Very intelligent and exceptional for Pet Therapy and other people intensive activities.
Training requirement: high: socialization, basic manners and ongoing activity
Trainer notes:

Training the Standard Schnauzer can certainly offer some moments of challege. The Standard Schnauzer has a high opinion of his/her opinion and will likely not do what you ask them to do just because you ask.  However they are also very devoted and fun-loving so it shouldn't take too much to create a delightful motivation for them.  Because of their love of people and entertaining, it can be difficult to create consistency with the Standard Schnauzer.  They'd much rather be entertaining the audience!  But its fun to be had by all if the trainer has a good sense of humor and a love for their dog.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Easily by the 12th century.
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: all around farm dog
History: The original of the three Schnauzer breeds, already established by the Middle Ages.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Standard Schnauzers?
  • Why do you have Standard Schnauzers (show, performance, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Standard Schnauzer?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Standard Schnauzer?
  • How would you describe the ideal Standard Schnauzer home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Standard Schnauzer?
  • How do you assist or help Standard Schnauzers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Adopt A Schnauzer helps Schnauzers of all sizes - Potomac Valley Standard Schnauzer Club Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Standard as per the Standard Schnauzer Club of America - Standard as per The Kennel Club (UK) for the Standard Schnauzer

    Breeder Ethics:

    SSCA Code of Ethics

    I will maintain high standards of health and care for my dogs.

    I will comply with AKC rules and regulations. I will make every effort to learn about the structure, anatomy, action, inherited traits, and behavior of the dog; especially where such learning applies to working breeds and specifically to the Standard Schnauzer.

    I will breed only to try to improve the breed.

    I will use or give service to only registered stock that is physically and temperamentally sound and in good health. They shall be free from any serious inherited abnormalities which affect health and soundness. All stock will be radiographed free of hip dysplasia and will have an OFA number and/or a Penn-Hip rating, or if under two years of age, radiographed by a competent veterinarian.

    I will make every effort to rescue, or at least assist in the rescue, of a dog I have bred.

    I will sell only healthy animals with proper temperament. Each animal will be accompanied by a current health certificate, a three generation pedigree, a feeding and care sheet, and registration papers, where applicable.

    I will encourage spays, castration, and vasectomies for all stock not purchased for breeding.

    In advertising, I will be truthful and informative.

    I will not sell or dispose of any dog through pet shops, wholesalers, commercial dealers, or paid agents.

    I will avoid using, except with written permission, a suffix or prefix associated with a recognized Standard Schnauzer breeder.

    Finally, I will use the official standard of the breed when evaluating and breeding my stock and encourage its application in judging.

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