Crested Schnauzer

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Crested Schnauzer History

The Crested Schnauzer is a breed of hypoallergenic toy and miniature longhaired schnauzer. The coat of the schnauzer is distinctive in appearance, with the hair growing erect and forming a crest on the head. The schnauzer originated as a working farm and hunting dog. The schnauzer descends from the Standard Schnauzer, which originated in the 1600s in what was then Austria and is now Germany. The puritanical Austrian government of the time decreed that no “furred” dogs were permitted in their country, and all forms of long hair were therefore systematically bred out. The “hairless schnauzer” was left to develop naturally, and eventually became a distinct and separate breed. The schnauzer was originally used as a herding and flock guarding dog. The schnauzer was most famously owned by Queen Victoria, who purchased several schnauzers for her children. The schnauzer was recognized by the FCI in 1888. The FCI recognized the “standard” (or “show”) schnauzer in 1907. The “miniature” (or “toy”) schnauzer was recognized in 1953.

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Crested Schnauzer Physical Characteristics

The Crested Schnauzer is a medium-sized, long-haired dog breed that typically stands between 13 and 15 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 25 and 45 pounds. They have a large, elongated head with a long, straight muzzle, small eyes, and a straight, bushy beard and eyebrows that cover their eyes. Their body is muscular with broad shoulders and a thick neck. They have a shaggy, water-resistant, harsh outer coat, and a soft, thick undercoat. The colors and patterns of their coat include black, gray, red, white, and black and tan. The Crested Schnauzer is affectionate, playful, and clever.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 11 – 14 inches

Female Height Range: 11 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 10 – 15 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 15 lbs

Crested Schnauzer Health

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12-15 yrs

Crested Schnauzer Health Concerns

Pulmonic Stenosis, Urolithiasis, Eye Problems, Sick Sinus Syndrome, Allergies, Skin Problems, Diabetes, Sunburn

Crested Schnauzer Temperament and Behaviour

The Crested Schnauzer is an energetic, playful, and lovable canine that is loyal to its family. They enjoy being outdoors and playing with children. They thrive on mental and physical exercise, and are very enthusiastic when learning new things. They also tend to be territorial and are suspicious of new people and animals.

Crested Schnauzer Activity Requirements

Crested Schnauzers are a family-friendly, playful and energetic dog. They thrive in households with children or other dogs and will need a significant amount of exercise. Most Crested Schnauzers will do well with at least an hour of activity. They prefer to be outside and active and will be able to play for hours. While a fenced-in backyard is ideal, they will also be able to adapt to living in an apartment. A daily walk or jog, playing fetch, or a trip to the dog park are all great ways to keep your Ridgeback healthy and happy. If you are looking for a high energy, playful pup, the crested schnauzer may be the right dog for you.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Crested Schnauzer is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Crested Schnauzer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Crested Schnauzer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Crested Schnauzer is part of the Unclassified group.

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