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Standard Schnauzer

The Schnauzer is a breed of dog that originated in Germany. This dog was bred as a watchdog or  guard dog, and rat-catcher. There are three types under Schnauzer breed, the Giant Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, and  Miniature Schnauzer.

Intelligent, affection, very playful, and outgoing dog Schnauzer is an ideal dog for any family household as long you can give enough exercise and attention to it. They are suit to live in apartment or house with a yard, and they are a good playmate to children of any size.

Schnauzer Dog Breed Pictures

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Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Terrier Dogs

Height

Giant, Standard, Miniature Schnauzer

Weight

Giant, Standard, Miniature Schnauzer

Life Span

12 to 16 Years

Schnauzer Appearance

Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer are square in shape, their head is 1/2 the length of the their back, their cheeks are flat, but well muscled.  The ears are small, button ears carried high on the head, their tail is long. Giant Schnauzer has a double coat, where the outer coat is wiry, hard, and dense while the undercoat is soft, it comes in two colors, the solid black, and a pattern called pepper and salt (At a short distance, the pepper-and-salt coat appears gray.), where banded hairs of black and white hairs cover the body. The fur on their face forms a distinct harsh “beard” and eyebrows.

Size

WeightFemale: 25-34 kg
Male: 27-48 kg
HeightFemale:  60-65 cm
Male:65-70 cm

Standard Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer is a versatile breed, it has a strong and healthy squarely built body, with long beards and eyebrows. It has a double coat, the outer coat is wiry, hard, and dense, with hairs that stand up from the skin while the undercoat is soft, it comes in pepper and salt or pure black (black standard schnauzer) color. The pepper and salt coloring is a combination of black and white hairs, and white hairs banded with black. Pepper and salt coloring can range from dark iron-gray to silver-gray.

Size

Weight14-20 kg
HeightFemale: 44-47 cm
Male: 47-50 cm

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer has a strong and healthy squarely body built, their head is rectangular in shape with bushy beard, mustache, and eyebrows. Their ears are v-shaped, and their eyes are oval in shaped and dark colors. The tails are naturally thin and short and maybe docked if it is allowed in the country where the dog lives.

They have a double coat, with wiry exterior fur and a soft undercoat. It comes in colors of black, pepper and salt (it is a coloration where coat hairs have banded shades of black, gray and silver, fading to a gray or silver at the eyebrows, whiskers, under body, and legs), black and silver, or pure white.

Size

WeightFemale: 5.4-8.2 kg
Male:5.4-9.1 kg
Height30-36 cm

Like other breeds of dog, it is still advisable to bathe and groom them as necessary, use the right shampoo and conditioner for their fur to make it soft, silky, and smell good. Their double coat requires brushing with a stiff bristle or slicker brush about three times a week to prevent mats from forming in the undercoat. Wash their face after every meal because the stain from the food will get on their beard.

Dog Ear Infections is a common condition in dogs that can affect one or both ears, check their ears at least once to twice a week for redness or a bad odor it is the indication of Ear Infections. To prevent ear infections in dogs always make sure that it is clean, use a dog ear cleaner and gently wipe it using a cotton ball dampened with an ear cleaner to your dog’s ears.

It is best to keep their dental hygiene and nail care properly too, periodontal disease is very common to dog whatever their size, brush their teeth several times a week to help remove tartar and bacteria and maintain the good condition of their teeth. Trim their nails once or twice a month to prevent injury in your dogs, long nails can also cause arthritis or other health concern in dogs. Short, neatly trimmed nails keep the feet in good condition and prevent our dog’s legs and our legs too from getting scratched when they excitedly jump up to greet us.

Some dogs ears, tail, and dewclaws are docked when they are a puppy in the U.S. and Canada. The ear cropping is usually performed at about 10 weeks of age of the puppy in a veterinary clinic and only by the licence vet. Many breeders inside North America have begun to crop only those puppies retained for show purposes or those puppies whose owners request it. Veterinarians or experienced breeders will cut tails and dewclaws between 3 and 7 days of age of a puppy. Tails are traditionally docked to around three vertebrae.

Unlike in Europe, the majority of North American breeders believe that the choice of whether to cut ears and/or tails should continue to remain with the breeders and owners. Docking of any dog is now illegal in several Canadian provinces, led by Quebec. Outside of North America, most Schnauzer retains both their natural ears and tail as docking is now prohibited by law in many countries.

Schnauzer Personality

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The Schnauzer is a very playful, and outgoing dog, they are very affectionate and love to cuddle with their owner a lot, they are also intelligent and easy to train and discipline, with early socialization they can be a good companion with other animals in the house. They can be a good playmate with children too as long as you teach the children how to handle properly the dogs for the safety of the dogs and the children themselves.

Having a yard or a place where they can run freely is advisable, like other dogs they need a daily exercise to keep them fit and healthy. A simple walk in the morning will help them keep healthy and well socialized.

Schnauzer Health

Schnauzer has an average life span of 12 to 16 years, They are generally healthy, but like other breeds of dogs, they are also prone to some diseases. Not all of them will get any or all of these diseases but the following are the common diseases they can have.

Bladder Stones in DogsThe most common signs that a dog has bladder stones are hematuria (blood in the urine) and dysuria (straining to urinate). Hematuria occurs because the stones rub against the bladder wall, irritating and damaging the tissue and causing bleeding. 
Skin Fold DermatitisThis condition occurs when skin folds are deep, causing abnormal rubbing and retaining moisture in an area that’s both warm and not well-aerated.
Ear InfectionsIt is a common canine health problem, and it can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, and more.
Canine Eye InflammationThe Canine Eye Inflammation may occur with unknown causes or event but it is often connected to many serious health problems. If your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the outer skin and middle (muscle, connective tissue, and glands) of the eyes it is classified as Blepharitis, and if your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the iris and ciliary body of the uvea of the eye it is classified as anterior uveitis, this may affect your dog’s vision and needs meditate veterinarian attention.
Hip DysplasiaIt is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
Squamous Cell CarcinomaIt is a tumor of skin cells. This cancer may occur on a toe or toes of dark-haired dogs, including Giant Schnauzers. Removal of the affected toe before cancer spreads to the chest cavity increases the chance of survival.

How much is Schnauzer?

In buying to a legit Breeder you can expect to pay $1,000 – $2,500 to Schnauzer puppies.

The legit breeder puts a lot of effort into high quality and healthy breeding of dogs. They provide healthy Dog Foods, visit the Vet for check-ups, Vaccinations, Vitamins, and proper Grooming of the dogs. The breeder will coup up all the expenses he/she spent to provide a healthy breed to you so expect a little expensive.

Two Schnauzer puppies running on the grass field

Nowadays hundreds of thousands of dogs are being abandoned that’s why instead of buying I suggest you adopt! Support those in need give them love and a home to stay for the rest of their life.

Note:  The expenses of Taking care of a Dogs does not end in buying one after you bought or adopt your Dog you must provide their necessary needs, like Visit Vet ones a year for their health check-up, Complete and follow up Vaccinations, Foods and provide Vitamins as their maintenance and the most important is Time to play and cuddle with them, I think that’s the most affordable one, giving attention to them, proper care and lots of love from you…

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