The Three Schnauzers
The Standard Schnauzer
This is the "original" Schnauzer, developed in the 1500s to be an all-around-farm-dog, the breed today still has many of it's original qualities as a Herding Dog, Vermin slayer, Playmate for children, and Guardian of hearth and home. It shares many of the characteristics of the German Pinscher and at one time, these two breeds belonged to one club before selective breeding gave each breed the look we know today. This breed has been described as the dog with the human brain and is not a dog that can be left inactive for too long. They are not hyper, but they are a Working breed and as such, need to be kept active and mentally challenged. This is not a breed for the couch potato or to be left in the backyard alone for they will become destructive if not challenged daily.
Some words to describe the Standard Schnauzer in various Books and Articles have included: aloof, high prey drive, hearty, sagacious, bold, destructive, noisy and devoted. The Standard Schnauzer excels at Obedience, Tracking, Herding, SAR, Agility, and Therapy work. It is a dog who is happiest if included in the family activities.
The Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is a robust, active dog of terrier type, resembling his larger cousin, the Standard Schnauzer, in general appearance, and of an alert, active disposition. Bred down in size from its larger cousin the Standard Schnauzer, this is a terrier-type breed that also thrives on human attention and companionship. Although it is content with a long walk every day, it also needs obedience training and firm boundaries to be a good family dog. The typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please. He should never be overly aggressive or timid. This is a fine companion for young and old and is never far from the ones they love. This breed does well in Obedience, Agility, Therapy work and Earth-dog events.
The Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer should resemble, as nearly as possible, in general appearance, a larger and more powerful version of the Standard Schnauzer. On the whole this breed is a bold and valiant figure of a dog. It is a robust, strongly built, nearly square in proportion of body length to height at withers, active, sturdy, and well muscled. They possess a temperament which combines spirit and alertness with intelligence and reliability. Composed, watchful, courageous, easily trained, deeply loyal to family, playful, amiable in repose, and a commanding figure when aroused. The sound, reliable temperament, rugged build, and dense weather-resistant wiry coat make for one of the most useful, powerful, and enduring working breeds. The Giant Schnauzer first appeared in Southern Germany in the mid to late 1800's, quite possibly in Schwaben or Bavaria, working as a herding dog. The breed spread slowly, and around 1910 the first mention of the "German Pinscher" and the "Munich Schnauzer" appeared in the Stud Book. These Schnauzers were eventually developed into the modern Giant Schnauzer.
The Giant Schnauzer was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1930. World War II had a dual effect on the breed. People began to recognize the courage and strength of the breed and unfortunately many were lost as a result of that same recognition during the War. The breed that we see today is the result of tireless efforts from dedicated breeders around the world.