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Standard Schnauzer breed profile

Training and intelligence
Standard Schnauzers are clever, confident dogs, so they may have a tendency to be dominant. You must be consistent; don't be harsh, but if you issue an instruction ensure it is carried out, then give rewards and praise. Schnauzers have an excellent sense of smell, and a strong instinct to chase "vermin", so establish early on that the dog must not pull on the lead.

Temperament
The Standard Schnauzer has many qualities, they are bold and fearless, loving and loyal. They are confident and have opinions of their own, but given the right guidance, they can make great family dogs and companions.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Standards Schnauzers are very alert, and make keen watch dogs. They need thorough socialisation to ensure they do not guard inappropriately against strange people, or exhibit bossiness with other dogs.

Grooming and shedding
Standards Schnauzers are not heavy shedders. Their coat will need all over clipping twice a year, with trimming inbetween.

Exercise
This breed is energetic and playful. They have plenty of energy and will take as much as exerciose as you can provide. Standard Schnauzers can be boisterous when they are young, but don't over exercise them until they reach maturity.

Need for company
Schnauzers bond well with their people, and want to be with them. They will tolerate being left for short periods, but bear in mind they are energetic dogs, and a bored Schnauzer may well become a destructive Schnauzer.

General
Schnauzers are very vocal. There are three sizes of Schnauzer - the standard, the miniature, and the giant.

Comments

Hi Pauline,
I would say it depends on the dogs really. Is your rescue dog generally dog-friendly? Are you getting another rescue dog? - in that case the shelter staff will help you and assess the dogs together before you adopt.
You have the best combination of genders as apparently two bitches or two dogs are more likely to fight.
If you're bringing in a puppy your older dog will probably accapt the puppy, and Episode 39 of DogCast Radio has advice on introducing a puppy to the household - http://www.DogCastRadio.com/node/139
Dogs are sociable animals and provided you read up on how you can help things along it should work out. What do other people think?
Julie x

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