Coat: Coat is rugged and wiry and black or salt-and-pepper colored.
Character: This breed is even-tempered, an eager learner, and intelligent.
Temperament: This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. It is wary of people it does not know.
Care: The coat needs to be plucked twice a year. Excessive hair around the pads of the feet must be removed and the ears must be kept clean.
Training: Though this dog learns fast, it has a slight stubborn streak. Training must be fair and consistent. It is responsive to the sound of its handler's voice.
Activity: The Standard Schnauzer's exercise needs are average. However, it likes to keep busy with activities such as swimming, catching a ball, or running through the woods.
Description: The Standard Schnauzer is in the middle of the Schnauzer family with the Giant Schnauzer being larger and the Miniature Schnauzer smaller. Attractive, robust, intelligent and playful, these dogs make good companions and are generally good with children. The ears are usually cropped in the US. In Great Britain it is illegal to crop the ears.