Playful and sweet-natured.
Intelligent, active, and alert dogs.
Standard Schnauzers seem to enjoy dog sports such as agility, tracking, herding, retrieving, rally and competitive obedience.
Stubborn tendencies may be lessened by using reward-based training involving small treats and favorite toys.
Good guard dogs; can be reserved around strangers and may require careful socialization to prevent or reduce defensive aggressive tendencies.
Did You Know?
These playful and sweet-natured guys come from Germany and the Alpine regions of Switzerland and France.
Originally, they were bred as guard dogs and to hunt rats and other vermin. They also proved themselves useful for protecting coaches and small children.
The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest Schnauzer breed and formed the template for the Miniature and the Giant versions, which came later.
They were introduced to the United States in the early 20th century, and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 – after which they quickly became very popular. Today, the Miniature and Giant are probably more favored. But as their owners no doubt would say, you can’t beat an original.
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