Where Are Standard Schnauzers From?
The Standard Schnauzer is a German breed that has been traced back to the 14th century, and was originally known as the Wire-Haired Pinscher. In 1879, a Wire-Haired Pinscher named Schnauzer won first class for the breed. It is unclear whether the breed’s name was inspired by this champion or if it stems from the German word schnauze, which means muzzle.
Cross breeding of the Wolfspitz and black German Poodles in the early 19th century resulted in a breed that most resembles today’s Standard Schnauzer. Further cross breeding resulted in the Miniature and Giant Schnauzer, the latter of which is the newest variety of the breed.
By the early 1900s, the breed was known as the Schnauzer and had officially arrived in the US. The Schnauzer Club of America was established in 1925 and was composed of both Miniatures and Standards. When breed standards developed in 1929, it prompted a split within the group, leading to two individual clubs in 1933.
The Standard Schnauzer has maintained its popularity over the years due to his impressive beard and lovable personality.