The Standard Schnauzer is also known as the Schnauzer or Mittelschnauzer. Particularly noticeable are his bushy eyebrows and, of course, his mustache. The latter gives him his name. The temperament of the Medium Schnauzer is very lively. At the same time, however, he also appears courageous and self-confident. His stature is medium and strong.
The character of the Middle Schnauzer is very multifaceted. On the one hand, he is very lively, playful and affectionate. On the other hand, they are usually well-balanced and alert inside. However, they can also be quite headstrong. Because of these versatile personality traits, this dog is also very versatile.
Medium Schnauzers can be both loving family dogs and brave guard dogs. Important here is the role of the owner. This must know exactly how to deal with the character of this dog. Only in this way can the individually desired personality traits be promoted.
The Standard Schnauzer cleverness, playfulness and good nature make it the ideal family dog. Especially with children, he therefore likes to romp. However, his endurance also makes him a good companion on long walks.
He is an ideal watchdog due to his natural distrust of strangers and his confident demeanor. He would defend his people bravely, but would not become nervous or too aggressive.
With the Middle Schnauzer, consistent behavior for the owner is important. If the dog detects insecurity in his owner, a tendency to dominance may appear. Physical and mental exercise are also very significant points. If neglected, the dog will develop undesirable behavior patterns.
The right food
A healthy and balanced diet ensures the supply of all necessary nutrients. Thus, the health of your Schnauzer is maintained. The factors weight, age and activity play a decisive role in the selection and amount of food.
Young and physically active dogs have different requirements for their food than older dogs, who now lead a quieter life. Per kilogram of body weight you can count on about 15 grams of meat and 7.5 grams of vegetables and also 7.5 grams of rice.
Since Medium Schnauzers love to eat, they also often beg for seconds. However, you should not give in because this breed has a tendency to overweight. Therefore, to avoid health problems, you should stick to the amount of food recommended by the vet.
With the type of food, it is relatively unimportant whether it is dry or wet food. Also home-cooked or raw food accepts the Standard Schnauzer gratefully. The food should only be as varied as possible and have all the necessary ingredients.
Health & Care
The Medium Schnauzer has a very hard and wiry coat. But you should comb out the hairs of the mustache and the eyebrows regularly. Otherwise, the coat can quickly become matted. Especially when giving wet food, the care of the mustache is important. Without proper care, the wet food will otherwise stick to the hair.
In addition, the coat should be trimmed two or three times a year. If you have no experience in trimming, you can also visit a dog salon. If you want to trim your dog's hair yourself and avoid injuries, you can learn it in special courses. With a little practice, you will quickly succeed in trimming.
A big advantage with Medium Schnauzers is that they hardly shed at all. Apart from regular trimming and combing of the coat, they are therefore also straightforward to care for.
For the care of his coat, you should buy suitable combs and a trimmer for your Miniature Schnauzer. In addition to dog baskets and food bowls, you can also please your dog with some toys. Miniature Schnauzers are very lively and playful. Therefore, everything from agility to obedience to flyball is suitable for them.
You should not underestimate the urge to move and the endurance of this breed. A suitable leash and a well-fitting harness are therefore sensible investments.
Origin & History
The Schnauzer was originally a variant of the Pinscher. His home is the southern German region, where he first appeared about 500 years ago. His former task was to keep rats and mice out of the stables. This is where his nickname "Rattler" comes from.
Besides hunting rodents, the Schnauzer also protected the yard and home of its owner. As soon as unknown persons approach him, he begins to bark loudly. He was also used to protect travelers. Not least because he gets along well with horses. Attackers were quickly chased away by his loud barking.
The purposeful breeding of the Schnauzer was initiated by Max Hartenstein in 1882. Only thirteen years later, the first breed club was founded. However, at that time this club included Schnauzers and Pinschers. Then, in 1907, a sole club was dedicated to the Schnauzer.
Besides the Medium Schnauzer, there is also the Giant Schnauzer and the Miniature Schnauzer. The Giant Schnauzer became more popular in the 1930s. The Miniature Schnauzer then gained popularity after the Second World War.