The Standard Schnauzer is a strong mid-sized working dog that is always ready to perform a task. These pups are considered to be highly versatile and can accomplish just about any job they are given. The Standard Schnauzer can be identified by its wiry coat, square build, arched eyebrows, and its signature mustache beard combo.
The Standard Schnauzer was the original Schnauzer-type dog and was such a success that it later inspired both the Giant and the Miniature Schnauzer Breeds. It is important to note that each one of these Schnauzers is its own distinct breed. Originally bred in Germany, the Standard Schnauzer has been depicted in various artworks through the years, which tells us that this pup has been around for many centuries. Their purpose was performing various farm-related tasks such as ratting, guarding, herding, and hunting. Their tremendous intelligence, combined with their high energy levels and overall drive to work, made these dogs the ideal farm dog at the time.
Weighing between 30-50 pounds, the Standard Schnauzer has a very protective nature. They become extremely close to their families and will guard them at all costs. They are also very territorial, which makes them excellent watchdogs. These doggos will not only sound the alarm when someone is approaching their territory, but they will also approach them aggressively if they feel as though a real threat is present. Usually, their deep bark is enough to dissuade any intruder from entering your home.
This good-looking pup makes a wonderful family dog, but they do tend to be stubborn. They will need firm, consistent training from their people for them to understand who is in charge. Allowing these dogs to do as they please is a recipe for disaster as they will be more than happy to dominate the household. A well-trained Standard Schnauzer will be as loyal as they come towards their families and make an excellent companion for a more active owner. The Standard Schnauzer is both agile and athletic, so having them by your side for a run will be a pleasure. They will also be happy to chase after a ball in the park, but the only challenge is trying to get it back from them after they have retrieved it!
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