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Often called “the dog with the human brain”, the Schnauzer is an intelligent, aristocratic addition to your family. Here’s everything you need to know about this delightful breed.
Characteristics of the Schnauzer
The Schnauzer comes in three varieties – the miniature, the standard and the giant. The miniature Schnauzer stands up to 36cm and weighs up to 7kg, the standard Schnauzer stands up to 47cm and weighs up to 18kg, and the giant Schnauzer stands up to 69cm and weighs up to 50kg. Appearance wise, the Schnauzer is a robust, almost square shaped dog that has very prominent eyebrows and whiskers, and they even have a “moustache”. The Schnauzer comes in three main coat colours – salt and pepper, black, and black and silver.
The Schnauzer Temperament
The Schnauzer is known for being a bold, alert and loyal breed of dog. Their alertness and boldness makes them great watchdogs and they will let you know of anyone that is approaching. While the Schnauzer is great with people and children, they can be way of strangers. the Schnauzer is an intelligent dog but they do need to be trained right from a young age so that they do not try to become dominant. Training and attention is also needed to stop them from becoming bored – train in short bursts and do plenty of different things. They are known for doing well in obedience and agility training.
Caring for the Schnauzer
There is some grooming involved in owning one of the types of Schnauzers. Dogs kept as pets will need to be clipped every couple of months or professionally trimmed. Pay particular attention to keeping the area around the eyes trimmed. The good news is that they do not moult but you will need to brush the coat regularly to keep it free of matts and tangles. Exercise wise, the Schnauzer is quite happy with just a regular daily walk. The Schnauzer will live from 12 to 16 years on average but they can live for longer if given a good diet and lots of loving care.
Who is the Schnauzer Suited To?
The Schnauzer is a great dog for families and individuals alike but they are best suited to owners that are willing to give them the training that they need, as they can become dominant when left untrained. The different sizes have different energy levels – miniature Schnauzers are ideal for apartments, while standard and giant Schnauzers will do best in a securely fenced backyard.
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