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Schnauzer

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Whilst they look like stern little moustached men, Schnauzers are lively, intelligent dogs that love to play and run. A spirited Schnauzer is the perfect addition to a family with oodles of energy to spare.

Bring home a Schnauzer if you a seeking a big personality dog that will make life a non-stop good times shop.

Where I'm From

The Schnauzer stems from Germany where the breed was known as effective stock herding and guard dogs. Their name derives from the German word for snout – schnauzer and is symbolic of their unique long-whiskered chin. Whilst the breed is thought to have been around for a few hundred years, the Schnauzer was ultimately mixed with the Standard Poodle and Pinscher and standardised in the early 1800s. The breed was further developed via interbreeding into the Miniature and Giant varieties also common.

Schnauzers have been in Australian since the early 20th century, and the Standard and its varieties remain popular pets to this day.

What I Look Like

Schnauzers are unique looking dogs with strong bodies and angular lines. Their square head is framed by long whiskers and beards, fuzzy old man eyebrows and folded ears. Their wiry double coat comes in salt and pepper most commonly, and all black. Miniature varieties are also recognised in silver and black and all white. Schnauzers naturally have folded ears and curled over tail. Whilst some countries like the US permit ear and tail cropping, in Australia the procedures are banned.

How I Act

Schnauzers are very intelligent and curious dogs with a determined streak. Nonetheless, they are great family dogs that are good with children if brought up together from a young age. They can be wary of strangers, which makes them good guard dogs but guests to the house should be introduced slowly. Schnauzers will get along with other large pets in the family, but may go after small animals like mice and hamsters!

Due to their stubborn streak Schnauzers need a firm master to guide them though they are relatively easy to train. Obedience training and socialisation needs to start young to ensure a well-behaved pet. As very smart dogs, Schnauzers require a lot of variety and challenges so they won’t get bored. Training a Schnauzer needs a patient and consistent approach to curtail any wayward or dominating behaviour.

Schnauzers come from a working breed of dog and require ample exercise to burn off steam and to preempt any destructive tendencies. Standards and Giants require a minimum of 1 hour of exercise per day and Miniatures at least 45 minutes, which should include walking and some high-energy exertion activities such as playing fetch or Frisbee.

Looking After Me

Schnauzers should be fed a high-quality meal twice a day as per packaging instructions.

The Schnauzer’s wiry coat needs a certain amount of attention to stay in top condition. This includes brushing a few times a week, especially of long whiskers and beard, which may also require a cleaning after meals.

Schnauzers do shed but not in large amounts and if they are show dogs they need their coat hand stripped a couple times a year to remain wiry. Clipping their coat is most convenient for Schnauzer owners but ultimately results in further shedding and a softening of the fur.

Schnauzers should always be walked on a leash as all that boundless excitement and curiosity could lead them astray.

Schnauzers are generally a healthy breed of dog with few pertinent health issues. Nevertheless they can suffer from hip dysplasia, eye diseases, thyroid problems or heart defects.

It is advisable to check the temperament and medical history of a puppy’s parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog though not every ailment can be predicted. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.

Standard Schnauzers lifespan is 13-16, whilst Miniatures can live 12-14 years and Giants tend to live till an average of 10-12 years of age.

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