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Breed:

Standard Schnauzer

Group (AKC):

Working

Country of Origin15th century Germany
Type of coatmedium length, thick, wiry, little shedding, no dog odor
Groomingperiodic brushing, bathing, nail clipping, ear cleaning, hand stripping and professional clipping also may be desired
Average height17-20 inches
Average weight30-45 pounds
Activity levelhigh
Watchdoggood potential
Protectionyes, requires a knowledgable handler
Intelligencehigh
Trainabilitydifficult to train, use firm, consistent method, can be stubborn, high pain tolerance
Compatibility with childrenolder children OK, no roughhousing
Characterhearty, active, high-spirited, fiesty, intelligent, devoted, sagacious, courageous, affectionate, bold
Ideal home environmentapartment is fine as long as dog is exercised daily, do not leave unattended for long periods inside or out, may bark
Ideal ownerfirm, active, confident leader with time to train, socialize, and exercise
Suggestions:early socialization and obedience training
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Additional notes:

Is there really a funnier name than "Schnauzer"? Try saying it to yourself repeatedly and then watch comedy ensue. In reality, these dogs are extremely active and incredibly alert. At times they can be very bold towards family members and guests. This breed has a certain character that with proper training can make it an excellent family dog.

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