About the Schnauzer Breed
The Schnauzer is a thickset dog, strong but agile. These factors let it work both as a ratter and as a guard dog. It has a quick stride, rather than a far reaching one, but it can still cover a lot of ground quickly.
It has distinct moustache and beard-like hair around the nose, mouth, and chin. The coat of the Schnauzer is usually a flecked grey patterned colour called pepper-and-salt, or it can be a solid black colour. The coat is generally rather stiff and wirehaired, but can become soft due to different grooming methods. Stripping is the preferred method for show dogs because of how clipping can cause the coat to lose its flecked appearance and wiry texture.
The ears and tails of the Schnauzer have been docked in the past, but the practice is becoming less common in Europe.
The Schnauzer comes in three distinct size varieties. There is the Miniature Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer. The Standard is right between the Miniature and the Giant in terms of size, and is the ancestor of the other two. With a history of being used on farms, these dogs are square in proportion and can hunt down rats and pests, and protect the farmyard.
It was the farmers who wanted this protection and so began to boost the size of the dog so that they could provide even better protection and even pull carts. The sized increased to impressive proportions, and with a shoulder height of around 24-25 inches, the Giant Schnauzer really deserves the title of 'Giant'.
The Miniature Schnauzer, on the other hand, is tiny. Usually standing at under 15 inches at the withers, the Mini Schnauzer is a very popular terrier.