Dog Breed Profile

Schnu History

The Schnauzer is a medium-to-large breed of wiry-haired, wirehaired, or long-haired dog that originated in Germany. The German Shepherd is the oldest of the three related breeds that share the surname, but all three were developed from a common ancestor, and the modern American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes all three. The origin of the name “Schnauzer” is disputed. One theory is that the name is derived from either the German word “schnauze”, which means beard, or the German word “schwanz”, which means bristle. Another theory holds that the word “Schnauzer” is derived from the German words “schnauzen”, meaning “to shave” and “erzherzog”, meaning “prince”. This theory suggests that in the 17th century, shaven-headed dogs that were sometimes used as hunting dogs were referred to as “Erzherzog” (“Prince”). The Schnauzer can be black, gray, silver, or salt and pepper. The coat can be straight or slightly wavy. The height at the withers for a male is between 18 and 23 inches (46 and 59.5 cm), while that of a female is between 16 and 21 inches (40.5 and 53.3 cm).

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Schnu Physical Characteristics

The Schnauzer is a medium-size, long-coated breed of domestic dog, originally bred as a watch and guard dog.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Fawn, White, Red, Brown

Height Range

Male Height Range: 12 – 16 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 16 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 15 – 20 lbs

Female Weight Range: 12 – 18 lbs

Schnu Health

Description of breed health.


12-16 yrs

Schnu Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd), Von Willebrand’s Disease, Urinary Stones, Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Schnu Temperament and Behaviour

The Schnu is a sweet, gentle, and outgoing breed of dog. They are highly intelligent and fairly easy to train. Like most other breeds, the Schnu needs early socialization and training, and they can sometimes be timid. This makes them poor guard dogs and they can be suspicious of new people or situations. They are generally good-natured and happy to accommodate their owner and family.

Schnu Activity Requirements

The Schnu is a small, short-haired dog that is known for its small, compact body. Originally bred as a companion dog, the Schnu has also been used as a watchdog and guard dog. The Schnu is a low-energy, low-activity, and low-maintenance breed. While they don’t require much exercise and can do well in an apartment, they do like to go out for walks, explore their surroundings, and spend time outside.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Schnu is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Schnu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Schnu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Schnu is part of the Unclassified group.

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