Standard Schnauzer​ - Working Group

Standard Schnauzer

Breed Group: Working Group

Size Group: Medium Dog Breeds

Origin: Germany

Height: 18.5”-19.5” (male) 17.5”-18.5” (female)

Weight: 35-50 lbs (male) 30-45 lbs (female)

Color: Black, Pepper & salt

Lifespan13-16 years

Temperament: Loving, steadfast, brave, spunky



Schnauzers were once considered peasant dogs. They only had their Pretty Woman glow up moment once the German elite took notice of these efficient wiry working dogs in the 19th century. These hard-working bearded buddies come in miniature, standard and giant. The standard schnauzer is a friendly and loving breed up to any activity. They should never be left to their own devices because trouble has a way of finding them. This breed is exceptional with children and make great alert dogs. They require moderate grooming and are considered hypoallergenic.

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Standard schnauzers are generally very healthy dogs. Some health issues to be aware of include diabetes, pancreatitis, cataracts, bladder stones, portosystemic shunt, cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, and allergies.

While you always hope your pet will live a long and healthy life, it is always a good idea to invest in pet health insurance.

Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.

Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.

Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.

Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:

  1. Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent an undesirable buildup of plaque
  2. Feed your dog a diet where the high quality dog food has dental benefits
  3. Regularly give your dog dental toys and treats
  4. Use mouthwash, to help where brushing misses
  5. At the sign of any abnormalities, consult a vet. You can even do it virtually, from the convenience of your home.

Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.

Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.

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Standard schnauzers need a moderate amount of grooming. Wash the beard daily to avoid food buildup. Brush your SS several times a week to remove dead hair and matts. The entire coat will require hand stripping twice a year. Hand stripping is preferred to clippering because the later will change the texture and properties of the coat. Additionally, clippering is required every 6-8 weeks while hand stripping only twice a year. Bathing only when necessary. As with all dogs, keep your pup’s eyes and ears clean and clear of debris. Clip your dog’s nails regularly. Brush his teeth several times per week.


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Standard schnauzers need around an hour of exercise per day. Long walks, jogging, games of fetch and anything else your family might be doing, you pup will want to get involved. Some owners claim their pups are wonderful off leash and will not stray but be sure your training is firm with your pup before you allow them off leashed without a fenced in area.


On average standard schnauzers eat around 2 cups of food per day. The exact requirements of your pup will depend on age and activity level.


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As with all dogs, standard schnauzers greatly benefit from early socialization with humans and other dogs. SS are quick learners and once they understand a command or concept you can move on. Overtraining will ultimately annoy your dog and cause them to begin to ignore you.

Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!

Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.

Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.

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A solid Glucosamine Supplement for hips and joints will go a long way to helping your furry friend.

Other helpful supplements include full-spectrum hemp oil or CBD oil. Fish oil skin and coat supplement.

Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.

Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.

Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.

As regulations around marijuana have eased, the emergence of CBD oils for humans and dogs have sprung up.

Just to begin to dispel the negative stigma, CBD extract comes from Hemp, marijuana’s cousin. Unlike its cousin, there are no psychoactive qualities in CBD oil. An emerging number of clinical and institutional studies have shown the wide variety of healing qualities in CBD, including pain management, and the containment of seizures and epileptic episodes.

Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.

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