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    Standard Schnauzer |Germany|

    Standard Schnauzer |Germany|

    The Schnauzer gets its name from the German word for “moustache,” in reference to their distinctive facial hair, which also includes prominent eyebrows. These hairy additions to their faces lend them a particularly appealing and expressive look. The Standard Schnauzer is an intelligent, fun-loving breed that although originally a working dog, is now largely a companion breed. These are versatile and adaptable dogs that make superb family pets and are good with children and other pets as long as they are introduced correctly. They can be wary of other dogs and strangers, however.

    History

    The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest of the three Schnauzer breeds and is thought to trace to at least the fourteenth century in Germany. They are believed to have originated in Württemberg and Bavaria in the southwest and southeast of Germany, probably based on terrier, hunting, and general farm-dog types. Early Schnauzers were multiskilled farm dogs used for vermin control, watching over the property and livestock, and for driving livestock to market. It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that there was a move to make these dogs more uniform in appearance, and to do this, breeders introduced black German Poodles and gray Wolfspitz. Schnauzers were originally called Wire Haired Pinschers; the name Schnauzer was adopted in 1879. Standard Schnauzers were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 and became very popular in the United States during the 1940s due to actor Errol Flynn’s fondness for the breed.

    When a Schnauzer puppy is about five months old, its permanent teeth start to erupt. They will end up with 42 teeth.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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