The Schnauzer originated in Germany and acquired their name from the German words “schnauze” (snout or muzzle) and “schnauzbart” (moustache). They come in three distinct varieties – Giant, Standard and Miniature. By far the most popular of the three varieties, and a perfect scaled-down version of the other two, is the Miniature Schnauzer. The Miniature Schnauzer was developed as a small farm dog, in particular being used as a barnyard ratter


As the name suggests, all three of the Schnauzer breeds are endowed with abundant facial furnishings.


The Schnauzer’s temperament combines high spirits, absolute reliability, strength, endurance and vigour. They are very inquisitive and intelligent, making them highly trainable dogs. Very friendly with everyone they know, including children, they nevertheless make excellent guard dogs and watchdogs when the occasion demands, as well as being outstanding companions. Their neat size and clean habits make them ideal dogs for the home.

Average lifespan

Giant Schnauzer – up to 12+ years
Standard Schnauzer – up to 13+ years
Miniature Schnauzer – up to 15+ years


Left in the rough, the Schnauzer has a fairly ragged appearance, but shaped and trimmed he looks spectacular. Few breeds repay care and attention to grooming as much as they do.


For the latest research in breed-related problems in the Schnauzers, visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.

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