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The Schnauzer’s intelligence, stamina and hardiness make Standard Schnauzers the ideal family companion and guard dog.

About the Schnauzer

The miniature and the giant are both derived from the standard variety of Schnauzer. The oldest sibling, either black, or salt and pepper in colour, is good-natured and gentle.

Schnauzers are lively dogs that are devoted to their owners and affectionate with children. Their senses are highly developed and they are very vigilant, although they do not bark much.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 2, AKC Working Group
Size category
Avg life expectancy
13–16 years

Lively / Loving / Playful / Loyal / Alert / Quiet / Intelligent / Confident / Resilient / Hard-working

Key facts

  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Makes a great watchdog
  • Makes a great family dog

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