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Standard Schnauzer standing outdoors.
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The Schnauzer is immediately recognizable by their beard and bushy eyebrows. The Standard Schnauzer is the middle-sized Schnauzer breed — not too big, not too small. You might say they’re “just right.” Here are some fun facts about the Standard Schnauzer.

They Are the Original Schnauzer Breed

Unlike the Poodle, the three sizes of Schnauzers are completely separate breeds. The Standard Schnauzer is the original size, from which the Miniature Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer were developed. The Standard Schnauzer’s history can be traced back to the Middle Ages in Germany.

They Are Versatile Dogs

The wirehaired dogs that would become the modern Standard Schnauzer performed many jobs for German families. They guarded the livestock, hunted vermin, and protected their owners as they went to and from the market. The Standard Schnauzer was the perfect size because they were small enough to fit in the farmer’s cart, but big enough to serve as a guard dog.

There Are Three Separate Schnauzer Breeds

The Standard Schnauzer isn’t the only Schnauzer breed recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Miniature Schnauzer and Giant Schnauzer are two other Schnauzer breeds that make up the three. But they’re not different sizes of the same dog. All of these Schnauzers are separate breeds.

Those Whiskers Served as Protection

The thick whiskers on a Schnauzer’s snout actually had an important function. When they matted together, they protected the Schnauzer from being bitten by the vermin they hunted on farms.

Standard Schnauzer head portrait outdoors.

Their Name Means “Snout”

The name “Schnauzer” comes from the German word “schnauze,” which means snout or muzzle. Schnauzers used to be called Wirehaired Pinschers, but the name Schnauzer took over by the early 1900s.

They Worked for the German Army

Standard Schnauzers proved to be quite useful during World War I. The German army used them as guard dogs, and the Red Cross used them as dispatch carriers.

They Came to the U.S. With Immigrants and Travelers

The Standard Schnauzer first began appearing in the United States in the early 1900s. They either came with German immigrant families, or with Americans who had traveled to Germany and wanted to bring a Schnauzer home.

CH. Zeck V. Egelsee, Standard Schnauzer; c. 1934
William Brown

They’re True Family Members

This breed is known for being an outstanding companion who’s completely devoted to their family members. They’re not necessarily “one-person dogs,” and instead they appreciate all of the members of their “pack.”

The Standard Schnauzer is particularly good with children, as they’re extremely playful, yet tolerant. They also make for awesome watchdogs, ready to alert anyone of an intruder who might threaten their home or family.

They’re Known by a Different Name in Germany

Not only does the Standard Schnauzer’s name come from a German word, they also have a different name in their country of origin. In Germany, they’re not called the Standard Schnauzer, but the “Mittelschnauzer.” This translates to “middle schnauzer,” referring to its size. Rather fitting!

Miniature and Standard Schnauzers Were Once Under One Club

Schnauzer breeds have been in the United States since at least the 1900s, but it wasn’t until later that the Standard and Miniature Schnauzers were split into separate clubs by the Schnauzer AKC parent club. While the Standard Schnauzer was recognized by the AKC in 1904, the Miniature Schnauzer wasn’t recognized until 1926, and the Giant Schnauzer not until 1933.



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Related article: Giant Schnauzer History: From Guarding in the Alps, to Military Dogs and Beyond
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