The hard, wiry coat is a minimal shedder; daily brushing prevents mats.
Sociable and affectionate, Standard Schnauzers become true members of their families and especially love children. Naturally protective, they will also alert members of the household to any potential danger. The breed is very intelligent but can be strong-willed, so it's beneficial to start training early and provide daily opportunities for exercise. The Standard Schnauzer's beard and leg hair should be brushed often to prevent mats from forming. The body coat should be "stripped" (loose, dead hair is plucked out) at least twice a year.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Standard Schnauzer is a large breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Standard Schnauzers require regular grooming, as do all coated breeds. Beard and leg hair must be brushed often enough to prevent the formation of mats. Generally, a Standard’s wiry top coat is “stripped” about twice a year (loose, dead hair plucked out to allow regrowth of new harsh hair) – and this type of grooming is required if you plan to show your dog. House pets may be machine clipped, a quicker process but one that negatively affects coat texture and color. A properly groomed Standard will have minimal shedding of hair and little doggy odor. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Modern Standard Schnauzers have claimed the role of exuberant and sociable companions. They’re vigilant watchdogs, and though their barnyard ratting days are long behind them, Standards will still pursue small, furry critters with gusto. They’re great family dogs, good with kids and protective of loved ones of all ages. Approached with a firm but gentle hand, they train beautifully. The dashing high spirits bred into them by long-ago German farmers is today utilized in all kinds of dog sports and activities.
Standard Schnauzer &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Standard Schnauzer are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Standard Schnauzer can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.