Schnauzer Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
This is the middle-sized member of the Schnauzer family and known in the USA as the Standard. He was a multi-purpose dog in his native Germany; bred, probably from a mix of Poodle, grey Spitz and the old German Pinscher he combines working and terrier qualities which fitted him to work as a ratter, drovers dog and guard for the house and farmyard and was even used for carting.
The first Schnauzer Breed Standard was drawn up in 1880 and although he has never achieved the levels of popularity of the Miniature he is a very smart and attractive dog, medium in height at up to 19″ he is either pure black or pepper and salt. The coat does need a good bit of attention to give him his typical look of short body coat and neat leg and head furnishings, but the result is extremely smart and really shows off his beautifully balanced shape.
The Schnauzer is an active dog with plenty of energy. He is good with children, makes a good house-dog and guard and has the intelligence and willingness to please that fits him well for obedience.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.