Showsight Presents the Standard Schnauzer

General Appearance: The Standard Schnauzer is a robust, heavy-set dog, sturdily built with good muscle and plenty of bone; square-built in proportion of body length to height. His rugged build and dense harsh coat are accentu- ated by the hallmark of the breed, the arched eyebrows and the bristly mustache and whiskers. Faults - Any devia- tion that detracts from the Standard Schnauzer's desired general appearance of a robust, active, square-built, wire- coated dog. Any deviation from the specifications in the Standard is to be considered a fault and should be penal- ized in proportion to the extent of the deviation. Size, Proportion, Substance: Ideal height at the highest point of the shoulder blades, 18 ½ to 19 ½ inches for males OfficialStandard for the STA NDA RD SCHNA UZER COURTESY THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB

canine teeth are strong and well developed with the upper incisors slightly overlapping and engaging the lower. The upper and lower jaws are powerful and neither overshot nor undershot. Faults - A level bite is considered undesir- able but a lesser fault than an overshot or undershot mouth. Neck, Topline, Bod y: Neck strong, of moderate thickness and length, elegantly arched and blending cleanly into the shoulders. The skin is tight, fitting closely to the dry throat with no wrinkles or dewlaps. The topline of the back should not be absolutely horizontal, but should have a slightly descending slope from the first vertebra of the withers to the faintly curved croup and set-on of the tail.

Back strong, firm, straight and short. Loin well developed, with the distance from the last rib to the hips as short as possible. Body compact, strong, short-coupled and substantial so as to permit great flexibility and agility. Faults - Too slender or shelly; too bulky or coarse. Chest of medium width with well sprung ribs, and if it could be seen in cross section would be oval. The breastbone is plainly discernible. The brisket must descend at least to the elbows and ascend gradually to the rear with the belly moderately drawn up. Fault -

and 17 ½ inches to 18 ½ inches for females. Dogs measuring over or under these limits must be faulted in proportion to the extent of the deviation. Dogs measuring more than one half inch over or under these lim- its must be disqualified. The height at the highest point of the withers equals the length from breastbone to point of rump. Head : Head strong, rectangular, and elon- gated; narrowing slightly from the ears to the eyes and again to the tip of the nose. The total length of the head is about one

Excessive tuck-up. Croup full and slightly rounded. Tail set moderately high and carried erect. It is docked to not less than one inch nor more than two inches. Fault-Squirrel tail. Forequarters: Shoulders - The sloping shoulder blades are strongly muscled, yet flat and well laid back so that the rounded upper ends are in a nearly vertical line above the elbows. They slope well forward to the point where they join the upper arm, forming as nearly as possible a right angle when seen from the side. Such an angulation permits the maximum forward extension of the forelegs without binding or effort. Forelegs straight, vertical, and without any curvature when seen from all sides;set moderately far apart;with heavy bone; elbows set close to the body and pointing directly to the rear. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed. Feet small and compact, round with thick pads and strong black nails. The toes are well closed and arched (cat's paws) and pointing straight ahead. Hind quarters: Strongly muscled, in balance with the fore- quarters, never appearing higher than the shoulders. Thighs broad with well bent stifles. The second thigh, from knee to hock, is approximately parallel with an extension of the upper neck line. The legs, from the clearly defined hock joint to the feet, are short and perpendicular to the

half the length of the back measured from the withers to the set-on of the tail. The head matches the sex and sub- stance of the dog. Expression alert, highly intelligent, spir- ited. Eyes medium size; dark brown; oval in shape and turned forward;neither round nor protruding. The brow is arched and wiry, but vision is not impaired nor eyes hid- den by too long an eyebrow. Ears set high, evenly shaped with moderate thickness of leather and carried erect when cropped. If uncropped, they are of medium size, V-shaped and mobile so that they break at skull level and are carried forward with the inner edge close to the cheek. Faults - Prick, or hound ears. Skull ( Occiput to Stop ) moderately broad between the ears with the width of the skull not exceeding two thirds the length of the skull. The skull must be flat;neither domed nor bumpy; skin unwrinkled. There is a slight stop which is accentuated by the wiry brows. Muzzle strong, and both parallel and equal in length to the topskull;it ends in a moderately blunt wedge with wiry whiskers accenting the rectangular shape of the head. The topline of the muzzle is parallel with the topline of the skull. Nose is large, black and full. The lips should be black, tight and not overlapping. Cheeks - Well devel- oped chewing muscles, but not so much that "cheekiness" disturbs the rectangular head form. Bite - A full comple- ment of white teeth, with a strong, sound scissors bite. The

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