schnauzer dog


Profile Schnauzer

size45-50 cm
Weight14-20 kg
colourblack, “pepper salt”
lifespan12-14 years
Suitable asFamily dog, guard dog
charactermeek, curious, attentive, brave, intelligent

= Very / much; = Little / Hardly

Breed description

At first glance, the schnauzer looks a bit funny. Or do we only see it that way? The long hair on his snout looks like a big mustache or mustache (some also say snot brake or pop catcher;)). The schnauzer has good manners. But he can also be a little rascal will, if he does not get enough challenges . If he is bored, he even starts to destroy things when in doubt. His owner should therefore be patient and decisive from the start in order to be a good “pack leader” for the Schnauzer. Otherwise the dog will take the lead.

He doesn’t get along very well with strange dogs. He is always friendly , gentle and polite towards “his people” and dogs (and even cats) with whom he grew up . The schnauzer should be kept away from pets such as mice, rats and hamsters. His previous “job” as a pied piper could be dangerous for them.


  • easy to educate
  • hairs little
  • gets along with other dogs and cats
  • good watchdog


  • not a “beginner” dog
  • needs a lot of exercise
  • needs a lot of mental activity
  • good socialization required
  • Grooming is a lot of work
  • barks frequently

Schnauzer – Photo: catolla / Shutterstock

Education and training

Schnauzers have extremely good hearing. After all, they had to rely on it if they wanted to hear the quiet tapers of rats. They are therefore also used for tracking work. Schnauzers are also great for other dog sports like obedience and agility. Schnauzers bark a lot: when they’re in a good mood, when they’re in a bad mood and when they’re bored. It is therefore important to teach a schnauzer early on to bark only in emergency situations. In this case, he also makes a very good watchdog.

Before you get a schnauzer, you should also know that the dog needs a lot of exercise. Not only the giant schnauzer, but also the miniature schnauzer. He is a kind-hearted family dog, but he needs training and contact with other puppies from puppy age, otherwise he develops a very suspicious character.


Schnauzer – Photo: Lunja / Shutterstock


There are three schnauzers: the giant schnauzer, the schnauzer and the miniature schnauzer. All have long, distinctive mustaches and eye-catching, long eyebrows. Your fur is not as cozy as z. B. that of a Newfoundland dog, but rough and wiry. Their fur colors are black, “pepper and salt”, white and black-silver.


As long as you don’t want to trim your dog’s fur for dog shows, regular brushing is enough. Most of all you should pay attention to the beard and legs, because these are the quickest to become matted. When eating, food can get caught in the beard or face. This should be checked every time and removed in case of doubt.


Schnauzer – Photo: Nikoforova Viktoria / Shutterstock


The dogs don’t actually have their mustaches because they look so beautiful. It was useful to the miniature schnauzers when hunting rats. That is why the Miniature Schnauzer is also called “Rattler”. Especially when the mustache was a bit matted, it was able to move its snout close to the ground in search of rats without being injured or bitten. The schnauzer comes from Württemberg (Germany). He appears in paintings by the Dutch painter Rembrandt and the German painter Albrecht Dürer and has therefore existed at least since the 14th and 15th centuries. Century.

Where does the name come from?

From the mustache of course 🙂

Already knew?

Noticeable mustaches were more common (if not common) in the 19th and 20th centuries. Emperor Wilhem II, the Spanish painter Salvador Dalí and the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche carried one.

Similar dog breeds

  • St. Bernard (Großschnauzer)
  • Dachshund (Miniature Schnauzer)
  • Great Dane (Großschnauzer)
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Miniature Schnauzer)
  • Poodle (miniature schnauzer)

Schnauzer – Photo: Sharon GJ Ong / Shutterstock

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