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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.

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.

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.

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


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