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Standard Schnauzer Puppy & Breed Information
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The Standard Schnauzer is the middle-sized German schnauzer from the 15th century when he was both a rat catcher and competent yard guard. Today, with dense harsh coat tidied up and mustache exaggerated, the Standard Schnauzer is a distinguished people dog.
Standard Schnauzer Coat, Color, Care: His good looks don’t come without a little work; the tight, hard, wiry coat pepper and salt color coat needs stripping, facial hair should be trimmed and leg furnishings groomed out to look his best. The Schnauzer’s moustache should be washed daily for him to stay kissable.
Standard Schnauzer Personality: Pulling equally from his poodle, spitz, and pinscher ancestry, the middle-sized Schnauzer combines high-spirited temperament with extreme reliability. He’s good with children, small animals, and other dogs. Keenly alert for his owner’s voice, he’s as mentally quick as he is physically agile.
Exercise Requirements: Standard Schnauzers do well in a penthouse living room but thrive on regular outdoor exercise. A fenced yard will do but a Schnauzer will never turn down a vigorous rodent hunt in the woods and having a job to do will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: Health Concerns: The Standard Schnauzer lives an average of 15 years and is a notably healthy breed. His muscular build and moderate growth rate helps protect from hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) and with proper attention to grooming, eye problems such as entropion and ectropion are rare. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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