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The Schnauzer is a canine breed from Germany, originated in the city Württemberg.
The Schnauzer is recognized by its large whiskered snout. The breed has captivated many hearts and there are many breeders across England, United States, Australia, Ireland, Scotland. You can also find exceptional specimens in India, South Africa and New Zealand, where their popularity continues to grow.
The Schnauzer is a very smart dog and, by extension, easy to train. The breed is classified into 3 sizes: Miniature, Standard and Giant Schnauzer. While their dimensions may vary, they all exhibit an excellent character.
Their ancestors are very old; they go back to medieval times, for example, the Beaver Dog and some local Shepherd-like dogs. Back then, they were used as guardian dogs for the stables in South Germany. They also took care of rats and mice infestations which added the “ratter” attribute to the breed.
In the past, the Schnauzer and the Affenpinscher were both classified under the same breed, even though there were some differences. Some time later, the Schnauzer Standard was separated from the Affenpinscher. In 1895, the Pinscher-Schnauzer-Klub was founded in Germany.
The name’s etymology describes it on a somewhat aesthetic level. In german, Schnauzer is the combination of two words, moustache and nose.
A Schnauzer sure has whiskers! We can easily say the word thickness defines their beard as well. This is a peculiar feature, which sets the Schnauzer apart, a majestic detail which makes it look serious and funny at the same time.
Schnauzers: different sizes
- Miniature Schnauzer,
- Standard Schnauzer,
- Giant Schnauzer.
The original names in German are:
- Zwergschnauzer, for the miniature size.
- Schnauzer, no addition for the medium or standard size.
- Riesenschnauzer, for the giant size.
Schnauzers: Characteristics and Breed Standards
As we mentioned, this breed comes in three varieties. They are distinguished only by their size, and therefore, by their weight as well. Aesthetically speaking, they generally all look the same.
The fur is rough and thick in all three sizes.
Schnauzer’s most common fur colors are:
- Salt and Pepper, short white and black hair and/or an overlapped grey.
- Black, silver, and white.
Their dark and oval-shaped eyes show a lot of character, but the nose remains their most adorable feature.
As we mentioned above, the Schnauzer comes in three different sizes, which are:
- Miniature Schnauzer: 13-14 inches (33-36 cm) at the withers, weighing around 15-20 lb (7-9 kg).
- Standard Schnauzer: 18-19 inches (46-48 cm) at the withers, weighing around 35-40 lb (16-18 kg).
- Giant Schnauzer: 23-27 inches (60-70 cm) at the withers, weighing around 88-100 lb (40-46 kg).
Schnauzer: Temperament and Personality
The Schnauzers are known for their strong character and, for this reason, training is required. It is very important to provide a training which allows their protective instinct to develop correctly.
While we are aware of their intelligence and calm, we also acknowledge their loyalty and loving traits. Medium and miniature-sized Schnauzers are well suited for a life inside apartments, while the Giant needs much bigger spaces.
All sizes carry a dynamic spirit, with a constant need to move around. They are excellent dog companions. And they can be guardian dogs too. Schnauzers always show a protective instinct towards their owner while maintaining a cold approach towards strangers.
Standard Schnauzer: Health
Does this breed need a great level of care? No, the Schnauzer is, without a doubt, a healthy and toned breed. You can control their food by portions, preventing obesity and being overweight in general. Otherwise this could lead to high cholesterol and hyperlipidemia (elevated amounts of lipids in blood) and other heart-related diseases.
Their pancreas needs vital attention. Schnauzers are prone to suffering from pancreatitis. Canine pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that may occur when the dog eats too much fat. It can also lead to parvovirus, another inflammation which causes diarrhea and vomiting.
How can you prevent these diseases?
Make sure to provide Premium Quality Food to your dog. Money well spent and food portions will prove to save money in the future. Visits to the vet will decrease, and you will only pay for check-ups, which is advisable.
Schnauzers: Puppies and Price
As we mentioned before, Schnauzers originated in Germany and are a breed now spread worldwide. Your country surely has many official and specialized breeders. We always advise you to double check their legal permits to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Price-wise, Schnauzers are a highly sought-after breed, so they are certainly not inexpensive. Schnauzer puppies are coveted since they are easy to train and excel in agility performance.
The price of a Puppy Schnauzer can vary depending on the breeder, the average price can start from 1000 dollars or 900 English pounds to 1400 dollars or 1300 English pounds. They are pricey but absolutely justified by this canine breed!
Schnauzers: Breeders and Puppies For Sale
We strongly advise to buy from a reliable breeder, so you can be sure your puppy has been:
- Raised to have good health and character,
- Well selected (its parents are free of any genetic disease),
- Socialized, so it does not get too fearful or aggressive,
- Vaccinated and well-taken care of.
You can start by asking for the pedigree, which ensures how pure the breed is. A dog with a pedigree has certain breed features which sets it apart from the rest.
Besides, when you adopt a puppy, a trustworthy breeder will provide you with a vet certificate which states the animal has been dewormed and is absolutely healthy when delivered.
We have now cleared all the most important aspects, you can go now and find your new four-legged friend, who is surely already waiting for you.
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