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    Brief Description: 

    Medium sized, strong, stocky rather than slim, rough haired. Typical characteristics are his lively temperament, coupled with placid composure. Typical are his good nature, his playfulness and his proverbial devotion to his master. He loves children, is incorruptible, alert, yet not noisy.


    Links to Breed Descriptions: 

    See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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    Finland: FKC: Raskompendium - SCHNAUZER

    US: AKC: SSCA Standard Schnauzer Study Guide


    Video (link -😞

    This and other breed videos are available in full length here:


    AKC Video (link -😞

    View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel:

    Other Names for Breed: 
    • Schnauzer, pepper and salt
    • Schnauzer, peppar & salt
    • Schnauzer p & s
    • Schnauzer, poivre et sel
    • Schnauzer, sal y pimiento
    • Schnauzer, pfeffersalz
    • Schnauzer Salt/pepper



    • Schnauzer, black
    • Schnauzer, svart
    • Schnauzer n
    • Schnauzer, noir
    • Schnauzer, negro puro
    • Schnauzer, schwarz
    • Schnauzer Sort


    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club: 

    Country of origin: Germany

    Health and Well-Being: 

    Some sources of health information include:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys

    Breed-Specific Articles: 



    Breed Standards: 

    There are numerous breed standards.

    The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.

    Three of the major international standards are:

    The American Kennel Club

    The Kennel Club, UK

    FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)

    Breed-Specific Statistics: 

    1. Swedish Insurance Data

    • Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
    This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
    Schnauzers Standard: 2006-2011 2011-2016

    2. FKC Database:

    3. OFA: CHIC: Required/recommended health tests:

    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents: 

    Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:

    1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
    2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
    3. Finland: Snautserien Jalostuksen Tavoiteohjelma 2018-2022

    Breed-Specific DNA Tests:  The Kennel Club list of DNA and health screening tests available for each breed - see: Breed-specific requirements and recommendations including health screening:
    Other Breed-Specific Webpages: 



    Breed-Specific Research: 



    Breed Clubs: 

    We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.

    Germany: Pinscher-Schnauzer-Klub e.V.:

    Finland: Suomen Snautserikerho ry:

    Sweden: Schnauzerringen:

    US: Standard Schnauzer club of America:


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