The ‘Dashing’ Canine Companion: Schnauzer Dog Breed Information

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Looking for a new family dog and you’re curious as to whether a schnauzer would fit right in? What are their grooming needs? Do schnauzers bark a lot? Are they easy to train? Get information about the schnauzer dog breed and why they’re so popular.

Do Schnauzers Bark a Lot?

Yep, schnauzers tend to love barking, especially the miniature schnauzer. While barking in general is nothing more than a method of communicating with fellow canines, other animals, and humans, there are occasions where a dog’s barking drives us humans crazy. This is the type of barking you need to curb in a schnauzer before it overwhelms you and your neighbors. There are several reasons your schnauzer barks such as:

  • Fear
  • Warning/Alert
  • Hunger
  • Boredom
  • Excitement
  • Frustration
  • Attention-seeking
  • Demanding something

It’s important that you examine why your dog is incessantly barking. Look for any threats to him, you, your home and make certain his physical needs are met. Once you’ve determined everything is okay, it’s time to address this unwanted behavior.

How to stop schnauzers from barking?

To improve the success of your dog training, you need to exercise your schnauzer every day. A regular routine of mental stimulation and physical exercise will burn energy and calm him down so he doesn’t bark as much.

As with training any type of dog, the schnauzer requires time, patience, and consistent training. Schnauzers were originally trained as working dogs (they’re part of the AKC’s working group of dog breeds) because of their athleticism and ability to multi-task.

Start by identifying what triggers your schnauzer to bark. If you can’t remove the triggers, try to find ways to distract your dog. For example, if your schnauzer barks his head off at birds, squirrels and wild animals outside your home, consider closing the curtains or shutters especially when you are not home. You can also use the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool to distract excessive barking, followed by our train, treat, repeat method.

Our train, treat, repeat training techniques use a combination of interrupting unwanted behaviors with the ultrasonic training device and then issuing firm voice commands followed by rewards for positive behaviors. This positive reinforcement approach will benefit your training. If you use treats, be careful because your schnauzer is vulnerable to obesity.

Recruit your housemates to join you in the train, treat, repeat approach to dog training. If you don’t, you risk teaching this dog who will let him get away with unwanted behavior and who demands good behaviors!

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Facts About Schnauzers 

This bearded breed from Germany is high-spirited and comes in three sizes. The standard schnauzer is a medium-sized dog that falls between the miniatures and giants. All are intelligent and sociable. Schnauzers make great watchdogs and get along well with children, making them an ideal pick for a family pet. Thanks to their highly developed senses and athleticism, a schnauzer will keep you busy indoors and out. Schnauzers excel at performance sports such as herding, lure coursing, and agility, mastering obstacle courses with enthusiasm.

  • Size: Schnauzers can range in height from 12-14 inches (mini), 17.5-19.5 inches (standard), 25.5-27.5 inches for (giants). Weight ranges from 11-20 pounds (minis), 30- 50 pounds (standard), 55-85 pounds (giants).
  • Life expectancy: A healthy schnauzer can live an average of 12-16 years.
  • Coat: Schnauzers have a wiry, tight-fitting coat.
  • AKC group: Schnauzers belong to the AKC working group.

Are Schnauzers Easy to Train?

Schnauzers are easy to train; however, it’s essential they receive puppy training and early socialization, because they will learn on their own (which may not be a good thing!). Because schnauzers are highly intelligent, it takes a few repetitions for them to learn a task. It is possible to over-train schnauzers, which can bore them. Schnauzers don’t do well with inconsistency, harsh training techniques or punishment. However, they do thrive with a firm trainer and positive reinforcement. Although schnauzers are food motivated, be careful giving them too many treats as obesity can become an issue.

Do Schnauzers Need Grooming?

Yes, schnauzers need lots of grooming. They don’t shed much, which makes them a great pet choice for those with allergies. However, the wiry double-coat requires brushing weekly (giants), a few times a week (standard) and daily for minis. They require regular clipping and stripping to maintain a healthy coat. If you are new to this breed, it is best to seek out a grooming professional. Nails should be trimmed with the proper tools like the BarxBuddy nail clippers, and teeth need brushing frequently for overall health and well-being. It is also important to check a schnauzer’s ears for infections.

What If My Breed Is a Schnauzer Mix?

Thanks to the traits from both parents a schnauzer mix can bring a unique, fun, energetic pet to your family. If you suffer from allergies, pay attention to mixes with breeds, like a Labrador retriever, that are heavy shedders as this may increase the dog’s shedding tendency.

Here are some popular schnauzer breed mixes:

  • Chizer — miniature schnauzer + Chihuahua
  • Mauzer — schnauzer + Maltese
  • Miniature schnoxie — miniature schnauzer + dachshund
  • Pom-a-naze — miniature schnauzer + Pomeranian
  • Schnau-tzu — miniature schnauzer + shih tzu
  • Schnauzador — schnauzer + Labrador retriever
  • Schnauzer pit — schnauzer + pit bull terrier
  • Schneagle — schnauzer + beagle
  • Schnoodle — schnauzer + poodle
  • Schnorgi — schnauzer + Welsh corgi
  • Schnug — miniature schnauzer + pug
  • Snorkie — miniature schnauzer + Yorkshire terrier