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Schnauzer, Standard

The Standard Schnauzer is the original breed of the three breeds of Schnauzer, and despite its wiry coat and general appearance, is not related to the British terriers. Rather, its origins are in old herding and guard breeds of Europe. Generally classified as a working orutility dog, this versatile breed is a robust, squarely built, medium-sized dog with aristocratic bearing. It has been claimed that it was a popular subject of painters Sir Joshua Reynolds, Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt, but actual proof remains elusive.

Standard Schnauzers are either salt-and-pepper or black in color, and are known for exhibiting many of the "ideal" traits of any breed. These include high intelligence, agility, alertness, reliability, strength and endurance. This breed of dog has been very popular in Europe, specifically Germany, where it originated. The breed was first exhibited at a show in Hanover in 1879, and since then have taken top honors in many shows including the prestigious "Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club" in the United States in 1997.

WeightMale35 to 58 lb (16 to 26 kg)
Female30 to 45 lb (14 to 20 kg)
HeightMale18 to 20 in (46 to 51 cm)
Female17 to 19 in (43 to 48 cm)
CoatHarsh and wiry when hand stripped, soft when clippered/scissored
ColorPepper-and-salt, black
Litter size4 to 8 pups (2 or 13 is not uncommon)
Life spanAverage 13 to 16 years

source : wikipedia 

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