Mittelschnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, Wirehaired Pinscher
The Schnauzer is one of three Schnauzer breeds that originated in Germany, the other two being the Miniature Schnauzer and Giant Schnauzer. Originally the Schnauzer worked as a general farm dog, with its main task being vermin control. Their name is derived from the German word for snout – schnauze.
- 32-34 lbs
- medium-sized pinscher/terrier
- ears may or may not be cropped
- tail is traditionally docked where legal
- wiry coat is stripped with furnishings
- salt and pepper
History of the Schnauzer
It is thought that the Schnauzer has existed in Germany since the Middle Ages, it is certainly the oldest of the three breeds. In the marketplace of Mechlinburg there is a statue of a hunter from the 14th century with a Schnauzer at his feet. They can be seen in many pieces of art in the 15th and 16th centuries, including in paintings by Durer and Rembrandt. In its earlier days the short coated German Pinscher and Schnauzer were sometimes born in the same litter, hence its early name of Rough Haired Pinscher.