About this group
The Schnauzer breed originated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. Adorably, the name means ‘moustache’ in German, in reference to the look of the breed’s facial hair.
There are three types of Schnauzers:
The Miniature Schnauzer was established in Germany in the 19th century, by breeding the Standard Schnauzer with Poodles and other smaller dogs. They are highly energetic, friendly and intelligent, but not suitable for outdoor living. Health issues common in mini schnauzers include kidney stones, diabetes, liver disease, skin problems, eye problems, cysts and von Willebrand’s disease. They must not be over fed.
The Standard Schnauzer is a working dog, originally bred herding and guard duties. These days, they are mostly kept as family pets. They are lively, loyal and protective of their home, but also make great travelling companions, as they are easy to train and very intelligent. They are generally healthy dogs and can live to 15 years or more, but are prone to hip dysplasia and tumours.
The Giant Schnauzer is also a working dog, bred in Germany around the end of the 19th century, mainly for cattle driving and as a guard dog for the police and military. The Standard Schnauzer was bred with Great Danes to increase the dog’s size. Health issues include hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, bloat and cancer (especially toe cancer).
Celebrity Schnauzer owners past and present include Doris Day, Liza Minnelli, Ronnie Corbett, Katherine Heigl, Rob Lowe, Usher, and Simon Pegg.
Whether your Schnauzer is mini, standard or giant, you can join this group and use the collective buying power you share with other Schnauzer owners to get a great deal on pet insurance for your little, or large, pal.