noun \ˈshna-zər, ˈshnat-sər\

Definition of SCHNAUZER

:  a dog of any of three breeds that originated in Germany and are characterized by a wiry coat, long head, pointed ears, heavy eyebrows, and long hair on the muzzle:
a :  standard schnauzer
b :  giant schnauzer
c :  miniature schnauzer


German, from Schnauze snout — more at snout
First Known Use: 1923

Rhymes with SCHNAUZER


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of three German dog breeds having a wiry black, salt-and-pepper, or black-and-tan coat. The standard, 17–20 in. (43–51 cm) high and weighing 26–37 lbs (12–17 kg), dates to the 15th century; it has a blunt, heavily whiskered muzzle and a squared body. The miniature, 12–14 in. (30–36 cm) high and weighing 13–15 lbs (6–7 kg), was developed in the 19th century from standard schnauzers and affenpinschers. The giant schnauzer, a cross between the standard and various working dogs, stands 21–26 in. (53–66 cm) and weighs 66–77 lbs (30–35 kg).


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