The Schnauzer dog breed is a medium-sized canine. He is a solid and squarely-built dog characterised by a distinctive beard and arched and bushy eyebrows. He has a rectangular head and a strong and blunt muzzle.
The Standard and Giant Schnauzers are 2 distinct breeds. You can obviously tell them apart through their size—Standard ones are smaller compared to Giant ones.
Adult male Schnauzer dogs weigh approximately 18–22 kilos (40–50 pounds). They can grow up to 45–50 centimetres (18–20 inches) tall.
Full-grown female Schnauzer dogs weigh around 15–20 kilos (35–45 pounds). They measure about 43–45 centimetres (17–18 inches) tall.
The intense expression in the Standard Schnauzer dog’s small, deep-set eyes gives him a grumpy look. The ears, set high on the skull, are either cropped or uncropped (when uncropped, they’re small and V-shaped).
Schnauzer dogs sport double coats that are made up of a dense, soft undercoat and a wiry, rough outer coat. Their coat colours come in solid black or salt and pepper.
Do Schnauzers shed?
Yes, Schnauzer dogs shed much like all dog breeds. However, they are minimal shedders, thus owners won’t have much trouble cleaning loose dog hairs around their homes. But they still require regular brushing at least 2–3 times a week.
Are Schnauzers hypoallergenic?
Yes, Schnauzer dogs are considered hypoallergenic because they are low-shedders. They are great companions for dog lovers with allergies. But note that hypoallergenic doesn’t mean they can’t trigger allergies.
To be on the safer side, consult your doctor on what precautionary methods you can take to lower the chances of triggering your pet allergies.
How to groom a Schnauzer
The Schnauzer dog’s wiry coat needs more grooming than other breeds. His legs and beard need daily brushing with a pin brush. After meals, you will need to clean his face and remove food particles from his beard.
His coat will need to be hand-stripped every 4–6 months, especially if you plan to include him in the show ring. Doing this tedious task will help strengthen the coat and maintain its texture. Bathing should be done every 4–6 weeks.
The rest is basic grooming, such as keeping the ears clean and dry to prevent infection. Don’t forget to brush his teeth for overall oral health, and trimming the nails to avoid painful overgrowth.