Friday, January 19, 2018

The Schnauzer Dog Breed: One Name, Three Different Breeds

The Schnauzer Dog Breed: One Name, Three Different Breeds

These Gramps-looking Doggos are none other than the Schnauzers, named for the unique look of a moustache around their muzzle. Don’t be fooled by their appearances, their personalities are nothing short of fun and activeness!

Fun Fact #1      The term Schnauzer was derived from Schnauze in the German language— meaning moustache. And this is only one reason how the name of the breed came about!

The Schnauzer Dog Breeds

All three breeds might have similar features and can very well be easily confused with one another, one distinct way of telling them apart is their sizes. There are three sizes and three different Schnauzer breeds. The Giant, Standard, and finally, the Miniature. Beginning with the Standard Schnauzer originating from Germany, this breed is thought to have possibly been around for many centuries, as seen in Renaissance paintings.
 The Standard Schnauzer was bred to guard cattle and life-stock of a home or farm through ridding Rats, and provide protection to their owners. As breeders in Germany developed keenness in standardizing the Schnauzer breed, the texture and colour of coat was achieved through crossbreeding with Grey Wolf-spitz and Black German Poodle. Further crossbreeding was done to develop the Miniature Schnauzer, and then the Giant Schnauzer. All three sizes maintain the same traits and uses— various sizes to suit every person or home.
 During the 1800’s, Schnauzers were known as Wirehaired Pinschers. The first exhibit happened in 1879 during a show in Germany, and the Dog whom won that show was named none other than Schnauzer By 1900’s, the breed began to be known as Schnauzers instead of Wirehaired Pinschers, and the Bavarian Schnazer Club was formed in Munich, 1907. Schnauzers were also put to use in World War I, aiding the Red Cross, dispatch work and also for the German Police. Indications in records prove that small quantities of Schnauzers were introduced to America as early as 1900’s, by immigrating families. This number only increased after World War I.

Appearance Of The Schnauzer Breeds

The Schnauzer is split into 3 breeds according to their size. Miniature Schnauzers stand at least 30 centimetres tall, Standard Schnauzers approximately 46 centimetres, and Giant Schnauzers standing at 61 centimetres tall.
  All Schnauzers don an outer coat of harsh, thick, wiry hair, and a soft undercoat. Schnauzers come in shades ranging from Silver and Black, giving most a colour combination of Salt and Pepper. Lighter shades are seen mostly around their Eyebrows, Throat, Cheeks, Legs, Belly and Whiskers.

Grooming Requirements Of Schnauzer Breeds

To maintain the breed standards of a harsh wiry coat exterior, owners may opt to have their Schnauzers professionally stripped by a trusted Groomer. Stripping involves removing/plucking loose hairs by hand. For non-show Dogs, Schnauzer’s coats are usually clipped by Groomers, keeping the hair on the back of their heads, neck, and backs short. Hair that has been clipped or shaved often develops into soft coats.
 For maintenance, brush through their coats regularly to prevent matting and tangling. Prevent staining by cleaning or washing their mouths after meals. Trim their nails and bath them when necessary, and practice good oral hygiene by brushing their teeth. If you are unsure how to perform these tasks at home, approach your trusted Groomer or Veterinarian for advice and demonstration.

Fun Fact #2      Schnauzers are not heavy shedders, they are also one of the few Hypoallergenic Dog breeds!

Personality and Behaviour Of Schnauzers

Don’t let their moustaches fool you, these are spirited and intelligent Doggos that are always ready to release their energy at a long walk outdoors, and curious enough to be easily trained. However, their stubborn nature requires owners to establish a clear leadership role from young, and socializing at a young age allows them to be more obedient and adaptive to new sights, smells and sounds. 
Schnauzer Dog breeds
Coupled with proper training through positive reinforcements, and lots of love, Schnauzers can be your loyal, funny and active companions. The average lifespan of a Schnauzer is 14 to 16 years.

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