Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 16-23, Female: 14-20
Height: Male: 18-20, Female: 18-19
Origin of Name: The Schnauzer or Standard Schnauzer is a dog breed that originated in Germany.
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The standard is the ancestor of the original Schnauzer, miniature and giant. In Germany, the standard Schnauzer is known as Mittelsenauzer (""Medium Schnauzer"").
During the long centuries before mechanized agriculture, farmers in the world attempted to breed versatile dogs to use as all-purpose helpers. Farmers from different regions discovered diverse solutions to the same challenge, resulting in diverse breeds such as the Carey Blue Terrier (Ireland), the Rat Terrier (United States) and the Belgian Tervurren. The German entry in search of an ideal farm dog was the breed that came to be known as Schnauzer.
A creation of the Middle Ages, the breed came of age in the strict-farm country of Bavaria. Like other barn and stable breeds of the world, the multitasking schnauzer made their bones as ratters, shepherds, protectors and hunters. The standards bear a superficial resemblance to many of Britain's terrier breeds, but the breed is a product of continental shepherds and Working Dogs.
During the birth of Europe's organized show scene in the 1870s, the ""wire-haired pinscher"" proved to be a flamboyant show dog. By the turn of the century, fundamentalists began to display the breed as Schnauzer (""Whiskard Muzzle""). Schnauzers had been in the US since at least 1900, but it took them until the '20s before clicking with pet owners. In 1933, Schnauzer's AKC parent club was split into separate clubs for standard and minor breeds.