Standard Schnauzers are medium in size, weighing 30 to 50 pounds and standing 44 to 50 centimetres at the withers. They are solid and squarely built dogs, characterised by the distinctive beard, arched and bushy eyebrows. It has a rectangular head, strong and blunt muzzle. They have an intense expression in their small, deep-set eyes give them a grumpy look. The ears, set high on the skull are either cropped or uncropped (when uncropped, it’s small and V-shaped).
The Standard Schnauzer sports a double coat made up of a dense, soft undercoat and a wiry, rough topcoat. The coat comes in colours of pure black or pepper and salt. Grooming-wise, it is a low maintenance dog breed. Most believed its coat is hypoallergenic because they don’t shed much, which means they are good pets for people who suffer from allergies. However, there is no scientific proof backing that claim.
Regular dog grooming is essential, including brushing, bathing, haircut, nail trim and ear cleaning. Most owners hire a professional groomer to trim its coat every six to eight weeks. Make sure you choose an excellent groomer expert in both handling and styling, especially if a Schnauzer is for the show ring. The rest is basic grooming such as keeping the ears clean and dry to prevent infection, brushing the teeth for overall oral health, and trimming the nails to avoid painful overgrowth.