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The Schnauzer, an elegant dog with an assertive temperament

Elegant, coupled with an assertive temperament, the Schnauzer is a breed renowned for its intelligence. They are excellent watchdogs, but they are also a pleasant pet. For a harmonious cohabitation with him, an education without brutality will be de rigueur.

Characteristics of the Schnauzer


This dog is characterized by its compact and robust body and its square construction. It develops a long, wrinkle-free head with a flat forehead that displays power. It is completed by a muzzle ending in a truncated cone. The animal's eyes are hidden behind thick eyebrows and are oval in shape and of medium size with a dark color. The ears set high and carried forward resemble a V shape that are hanging and slightly folded. The Schnauzer has a short (but not too short) coat that is dense and harsh. The standard tolerates white, two-colored (salt and pepper) or one-colored (black) coats.

The Schnauzer comes in three varieties:
  • the Dwarf Schnauzer which has a height at the withers of 30 to 35 cm for a weight between 4 and 8 kg,
  • the average Schnauzer which is between 45 and 50 cm tall and weighs between 14 and 20 kg,
  • the Giant Schnauzer which is 60 to 70 cm long and weighs between 35 and 47 kg.

History of the Schnauzer breed


The Schnauzer is originally from Bavaria, Germany. It has as ancestors, races which were also used to obtain Terriers. The Schnauzer was mainly used for hunting, especially rodents. Then, it evolved and became mainly a dog of defense and guard. He was very popular in the stables and served as a companion for coachmen. He used to be nicknamed the Wirehaired Pinscher before being named Schnauzer. His official recognition by the International Canine Federation (FCI) was in 1955.

Necessary living conditions and behaviour of the Schnauzer


The Schnauzer has a great liveliness and jovial character. It is also soft, calm and shows bonhomie. It is an animal that carries a lot of affection towards its master and is very attached to him on condition that a form of respect is established between the two. Let's not forget that the Schnauzer is a dog with an assertive temperament and cannot belong to people who are novices in dog training. He must be trained with attention and firmness, without unjust reprimands or violence. As for his way of life, the Schnauzer can live in an apartment if he enjoys the necessary space and lots of exercise and walks.

Diet and main health problems of the Schnauzer


The Schnauzer will be satisfied with a classic diet spread over two meals consisting of meat, cooked vegetables and brown rice. In terms of health, the Schnauzer is a hardy and hardy animal, but it can develop certain pathologies such as hypothyroidism, urinary disorders or eye problems. The Giant Schnauzer in particular can be affected by a hereditary disease called coxo-femoral dysplasia.