Origin, classification and history
F.C.I.Classification: Group 2 - pinscher, schnauzer, molossoid and Swiss cattle dogs.
The origins of the Schnauzer are very ancient. Its origins are very common to those of the Terriers, both born for hunting. The selection of this breed, unlike the Terriers, later went towards the creation of a guard and defense dog. This dog appears in many paintings and prints of the fifteenth century, as a companion of horses and stagecoaches. The Federation distinguishes three breeds in relation to size. From the medium-sized breed the other breeds subsequently developed.
General appearance and character
General aspect: the three breeds differ only in size, then the rest are practically identical. Robust, compact dog with solid construction. Its construction is square. His head is robust and of fair relations. The animal as a whole expresses harmony.
Character: the Schnauzer has a very strong, balanced and impetuous character. They are very affectionate dogs with their owners. Schnauzers' attitudes change according to size: the dwarf is undoubtedly a companion dog, the middle one is a guard dog and the giant is a defense dog. Schnauzers are very intelligent dogs and therefore easy to train at work. In the hands of an expert trainer they learn with incredible rapidity. They are quite obedient dogs. Always safe with children and wary of strangers. They are rustic dogs, quite long-lived and rather robust. Dog that can live both at home and in the garden.
Riesenschnauzer or Giant Black Schnauzer (photo website)
Height: between 60 and 70 cm at the withers.
Trunk: square construction. Robust and compact.
Head and muzzle: robust, elongated head, with not very salient occipital apophysis. The stop is clearly outlined. The craniofacial axes are parallel. The muzzle ends in a moderately truncated cone.
Truffle: always black in color and quite broad.
Teeth: complete in development and number.
Neck: strong and muscular.
Ears: attacked high, carried erect if amputated; in subjects with intact ears they must be V-shaped, with a folded tip.
Eyes: dark, they are oval in shape and in a semilateral position.
Arts: straight and solid. Perfectly perpendicular.
Shoulder: well oblique and sufficiently muscular.
Pace: rhythmic and casual.
Musculature: well evident and well developed.
Tail: it was traditionally amputated at the height of the third vertebra. It is attached high and is carried upwards.
Hair: rough, hard, strong and thick. The undercoat is woolly. Typical distinguished signs of the breed are a hard beard on the chin and eyes shadowed by bushy eyebrows.
Allowed colors: the breeds are divided into color varieties: black and salt pepper are present in all three breeds; silver black and white only in the Zwergschnauzer.
Most common defects: monorchidism, cryptorchidism, prognathism, enognatism, defective back, missing jaw, missing premolars, badly worn ears, clear eye, incorrect gait, size out of standard, colors not allowed by the standard, hair too long, smooth hair, small head, limbs not in plummet, fearful character, shy attitude.
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