The Standard Schnauzer originated in Germany. The first of the three Schnauzer breeds--Standard, Giant, and Miniature--he has existed for hundreds of years. He is probably descended from a combination of German Poodle, gray wolf spitz, and Pinscher.
The Standard Schnauzer is a mid-sized dog who is devoted to his family and has a mischievous sense of humor. He is adaptable to various living situations and can do well in the city if given enough exercise. Such a vigorous dog needs to be kept busy with positive activity. Obedience training and other dog-people games suit this dog well. It's especially important for children to participate in the obedience training of the Schnauzer to set the relationship on the right footing.
A properly groomed Standard Schnauzer will not shed much. His bristly beard and moustache need brushing or combing twice a week. His coat must be professionally groomed every few months. Colors are black or pepper-and-salt (black and white). Ears may be cropped or left natural. The tail is docked.
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: A robust, heavyset dog; sturdy with good muscle and plenty of bone; square-built, rugged, with a dense, harsh coat, arched eyebrows, and a bristly moustache and whiskers.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: Ideal height--males, 18½ to 19½ inches at the withers; females, 17½ to 18½ inches.
The Standard Schnauzer used to be classified as a terrier. But because he was so frequently a working dog in Germany, he was put into that category. This versatile dog has been used to catch rats, guard farm carts, carry messages during wars, assist the Red Cross, and serve with the police. He also can retrieve, as well as guard sheep and cattle.
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.