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Updated on October 5, 2015
This was Jack shortly after he moved in. He was cat aggressive and a real 'charmer' at times. Now he lives the live of a couch potato and even sleeps with my cats at times.
This was Jack shortly after he moved in. He was cat aggressive and a real 'charmer' at times. Now he lives the live of a couch potato and even sleeps with my cats at times. | Source

Named after their 'Snout'!

Schnauzers are something else; just like their name 'Snout' for that beard they proudly display. It's been said that they don't have the typical Terrier 'character trades' aka temperament, but Jack kind of walked in like a horse breaking into a porcelain shop!

They come in three distinct breeds, but the medium sized Standard Schnauzer was the prototype that started it. In the 15th/16th century he was a common and highly favored companion dog; even appearing in paintings. Rembrandt himself painted several Schnauzers and Albrecht Durer owned one for years. Many others have painted the bearded dogs. A statue from the 14th century showed a Schnauzer as a hunting dog, sitting by his master.

A black German Poodle and a gray Wolf Spitz are said to have been crossed with Wirehaired Pinschers to achieve the unique look; the pepper n' salt coat coming from the Spitz and the fawn color from the Pinscher. Solid black Schnauzers are common in Germany, but rarely seen in the U.S. As it is sadly too often done in America, breeding standards in the U.S. differ from those in Germany; classifying the Schnauzer as a Terrier, not as a Working Dog like it is done in its Country of Origin!

Schnauzer have been multi-talented throughout history and left their marks as war dogs (Red Cross aids and couriers), police dogs and simply guard dogs of farms and farmer's carts.

Schnauzers are super loving dogs and do great with children if socialized properly. They are athletes and require exercise to calm their energy and meet their 'need for speed'! Jack can run for hours at the time in circles in my front yard; chasing everybody that gives the slightest hind of wanting to play. He also, true to his undeniable Schnauzer nature, tends to talk a lot and meets every 'intruder' with loud and clear directions of what not to do. If you live in an area where neighbors may dislike their 'talking', early and intense training may be required to teach them how to 'keep their mouth shut'!

Schnauzers do OK when it comes to inbred health issues. Regular grooming and good food will keep them from having skin issues. Due to the fact that they are low-shedding, they are easier on people's allergies, caused by dander, than most other breeds.

Jake is a fun dog, but he can be as bossy as his face implies. He learned to like my cats because he knew I wanted him too. He tries very hard to learn the things I expect from him, but he also tends to see how far he can go.

Schnauzers are fun dogs! And they are smart! They are a bit stubborn at times, but with good training and some exercise they can excel in many sports and jobs! And their three different 'sizes' make them perfect for any 'needs'.

The Miniature Schnauzer is less than 20lbs and under 1 foot in height. These high energy brain surgeons are not 'build' to do well outside.

The 'prototype/ Standard Schnauzer is a outstanding guard dog and rat catcher. He/she stands at roughly 1.5 feet and weighs about 30-45lbs. They played a big part in the history of working dogs.

The Riesen (Giant) Schnauzer is roughly 2 feet high and weighs between 55 and 80lbs. They were often used to herd cattle or work as guard dogs protecting breweries.

I have had Jack for over a year now. And while I would not have had a Schnauzer if he wouldn't have fallen into my lap, so to speak, I don't regret it. It is fun to interact with such a loyal dog that can learn so much just to please you. And despite his stubborn streak, he is a loving part of my four-legged family!

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      Cat R 6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      They have been said to be easier on people's allergies if groomed properly and fed with a better quality food. A Schnauzer rescue refused to take him because he wasn't full blooded and wouldn't have that advantage for a adopter. I know that, mix or not, he sheds a lot less than my other dogs.

      You will probably not find a dog that doesn't shed or have dander, but some like the Schnauzer are easier on allergic people than others.

      Here are some links:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoallergenic_dog_br...

      http://www.mainstreetdog.com/2008/02/17/hypoallerg...

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You've made me interested in getting a dog like yours especially because of my allergies to their rander.

      Voted up and interesting.

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