Schnauzer Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Schnauzer Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Breed Info Summary

Breed Suits: Families with children, companionship, active lifestyle

Shedding/Non-Shedding: Little

Size: Medium


The Schnauzer has been known in Germany since at least the 14th century.

The word Schnauzer means 'whiskered snout,' referring to the breed's rough coat, bristly whiskers, and beard. It was first known as the Wirehaired Pinscher, but the name Schnauzer was given to it after the dog that won the first 'breed' class for Wirehaired Pinschers in 1879.

The breed was created to hunt vermin, but it quickly proved its adaptability by herding livestock and pulling small carts.


The standard schnauzer has a high-spirited temperament as well as extraordinary intellect and dependability. These dogs are usually used as personal guardians and companions due to their loyalty and bravery, as well as their intelligence. They are cautious, brave, easily trained, and devoted to their families.

Standard schnauzers require a good deal of exercise and playtime, and will show if they are bored or restless. While they will exercise themselves if you don’t provide them with enough activity, owners should still make an effort to play and bond with them. Their family-oriented nature means they would rather be with their family than in a cage or shelter.

Pros and cons to consider 


  • Intelligent and athletic
  • Graceful and elegant
  • Likes to work with people
  • Enthusiastic 


  • Suspicious when not sufficiently socialised
  • Can be stubborn

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