Indeed, the Standard Schnauzer will never receive the same notoriety that of the Dachshund or German Shepherd. Yet, back home, in Germany, they’ll get plenty of credit for the work done on the farm and around the house.
Moreover, the SS has been keeping families and their property safe at least since the Middle Ages. It wasn’t uncommon to sight both the SS and their owner going to market with goods. Just as it wasn’t unlikely to find the Schnauzer guard livestock as well. A breed like this found many roles around the household and farm. They could hunt, they could herd and most importantly, they could love.
It was during the 19th century, that fanciers began experimenting in Germany. Fanciers had a growing fascination with creating a true working farm dog. It is the belief of many historians, that the Standard Schnauzer is a cross between a black German Poodle and a Wolfspitz. Furthermore, some agree that are wirehaired Pinscher breed made its way into the stock as well.
The breed’s first time appearing at dog shows was back in the 1870’s. And, according to the American Kennel Club, at these shows, the breed went by “Wirehaired Pinschers.” That was until the turn of the 20th century. With their new name, and their club in America forming in 1925 — Higher imports of the breed came flowing into America. However, the breed, as said above, would never gain the same kind of fame as other German breeds.
Receiving recognition in 1904 by the American Kennel Club, the breed would end up with working group designation. Eventually, in 1926, the Standard Schnauzer would end up in the Terrier Group. Following a separation from the other Schnauzers as a distinct breed, the AKC put the breed back in the working group in 1946.
The breed has also found a role with the German army as a message carrier and working with the Red Cross as a aide. Today, the American Kennel Club lists the Standard Schnauzer as the 90th most popular breed in America. A position the breed is familiar with, hovering around the 90 spot four of the last five years. The Schnauzer can be seen in dog show rings, herding and doing other work on farms but most becoming a steady household pet.