Schnauzers are a popular breed of dog that has been around for hundreds of years, dating back to the 15th century in Germany. The name schnauzer may seem strange to English speakers, however the word “schnauze” is the German word for muzzle, so it makes perfect sense as the schnauzer has a very different muzzle with long hair.
Originally, Schnauzers were bread to catch rats and act as property guard dogs. Now, hundreds of years after its introduction, there are now 5 different sizes of schnauzer that have been paired with other types of dogs to create another unique breed.
The first of the 5 different types of Schnauzers is the standard schnauzer. The standard schnauzer is a medium-sized dog, standing about 1.5 feet tall and weighing about 25 to 35 pounds. Throughout history, Standard Schnauzers have played an integral role in wartime, acting as messenger dogs or as guard dogs for important people or property.
Miniature schnauzer They are another type of schnauzer that are smaller than the standard schnauzer, measuring approximately 12 inches and weighing 13-15 pounds. A miniature schnauzer is known to be active and energetic, but is still highly intelligent. They are great with children and make a good family dog as they are rarely aggressive. These dogs were a combination of a standard schnauzer bred with a poodle to make him smaller. The miniature schnauzer is actually part of the terrier dog group and of all the schnauzer types it is by far the most popular as it adapts very well to both rural and urban lifestyles. For those looking for a dog that is well adjusted to the house, a schnauzer is very popular because it sheds very little and does not carry as many scents as other dogs.
Giant schnauzer They are just as the name suggests; Very large versions of schnauzer. They have been bred by Great Danes or Bouviers and can weigh between 65 and 80 pounds. They have also been used as guard dogs and also by farmers to herd livestock. In some cases, they were even used to pull merchandise carts, similar to a horse. They can be black and white or they can also be solid black.
The last two types of Schnauzer are Toy schnauzers Y Schnauzers teacup. They are basically the same, but differ slightly in size and this is how they are distinguished. A toy schnauzer ranges in size from 7.5 to 10 pounds, while the teacup schnauzer is any adult schnauzer that weighs less than 7 pounds. For the smaller sizes that are considered teacup schnauzers, they tend to cost more money than the others as they are rarer.
Whether you are looking for a great family dog for your city home, or a dog that is an effective watchdog for your rural property, Schnauzers are flexible and up for any task.