Standard Schnauzer

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Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer Overview

Standard Schnauzers are bold and spirited dogs. Like their kin—the Miniature and Giant Schnauzers—Standard Schnauzers are most recognizable for their expressive whiskers and beard with piercing eyebrows. Standards, unlike the other two, are a bit more willful and independent. They are a medium-sized dog, available in a salt and pepper colour, or pure black, with a robust, sturdy frame. They, too, are working dogs. They were bred as farm dogs who can perform a variety of tasks: herding, ratting, hunting and guardians of the farm. Standard Schnauzers were bred in the Middle Ages in Bavaria, and was Germany’s first contribution to modern breeds of reliable, well-built farm dogs. 

As a family dog, Standard Schnauzers enjoy chasing a ball in the backyard (maybe even a squirrel or two) and spending time with kids of all ages. They are loyal, enthusiastic, and watchful. Their independence means a firmer hand during training with a balance of gentleness, but what you will get is an upbeat, alert companion. 

Did you know?

The German army used Standard Schnauzers as dispatch carriers and aides to the Red Cross.

Standard Schnauzer Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic*

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
17.5-19.5 in / 30-50 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
13-16 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

1-2 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2-4 hours


Grooming frequency

Weekly at-home grooming

Dog Food

Feeding your Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzers require a proper, balanced diet. Standards are active, working dogs, so it is important to not under feed or over feed them. Treats are always going to be a useful aid in training your Standard Schnauzer. Make sure they have fresh water, too. Hydration and nutrients will go a long way in maintaining  your Standard Schnauzer’s health and happiness.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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