Standard Schnauzers

Loyalty, intelligence, athleticism and obedience — is there anything these dogs don’t have? Here’s why the Standard Schnauzer is an all-around excellent family pet.

It may be the middle child of the Schnauzer family, but the Standard Schnauzer truly stands out from the rest. Athletic, courageous and smart, these dogs are renowned for their well-rounded breeding, and are especially championed for their high intelligence. The Standard Schnauzer is a truly noble working dog, used for everything from bomb sniffing and cancer detection to search-and-rescue missions.

At home, these loyal and affectionate dogs are beloved members of the family. Not only are they dedicated to their owners, they’re also great with kids. In fact, the Standard Schnauzer’s gentleness and tolerance earned it the nickname of “kinderwachter” in German. Confident, loving and bold, the Standard Schnauzer will stand by its owner’s side and loves to be included in family activities.

Why We Love the Standard Schnauzer Breed

  • Intelligent, athletic, reliable and affectionate, the Standard Schnauzer is an exceptionally well-rounded and talented breed.
  • Standard Schnauzer dogs are lithe and robust. They excel in all sorts of sporting, from agility to obedience, and make a great match for active families.
  • Medium in both size and energy, the Standard Schnauzer adapts well to apartment living if they are exercised regularly.
  • The Standard Schnauzer breed is friendly, but also makes an excellent watchdog. These dogs will alert their owners of possible intruders with their hearty and powerful bark.

Things to Consider

  • The Standard Schnauzer is incredibly smart, which can also make it difficult to train. A firm and steady leader is needed to overcome this dog’s willfulness from a young age, but once trained, these pups are extremely well behaved.
  • Their wiry coats don’t shed much, but the Standard Schnauzer’s fur requires weekly brushing and “stripping” twice per year, a grooming technique that can be done at home or professionally.
  • Originally bred to kill vermin, Standard Schnauzer dogs still love to chase small animals! Keep your Schnauzer leashed when it isn’t inside a fenced area.
  • These intelligent dogs need exercise and stimulation, otherwise they’re liable to create their own entertainment. To avoid destructive behaviors like digging and chewing, these dogs need an owner who will channel their energy into regular activities like long walks and obedience training.

Why Rescue? 

With its versatility, loving temperament and many talents, it’s no surprise that the Standard Schnauzer is a popular breed. However, not everyone is ready for the time, dedication and responsibility required by these loyal and stately dogs. For that reason, many Standard Schnauzer dogs end up abandoned, in shelters or in foster care. Before you turn to a puppy mill or breeder, consider opening your home to a Standard Schnauzer rescue dog.    

Standard Schnauzer Rescues 

If this regal dog is the perfect match for you, there are plenty of Standard Schnauzer puppies and adults in need of a home. These are just a few:

Intelligent, bold & loyal
Avg. Weight
30 - 45 lbs
Weekly grooming required
Avg. Life Span
13 - 16 Years
Standard Schnauzers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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