Schnairedale

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Germany <> Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Schnairedale

Medium-sized and athletically built, the Schnairedale is a cross between a standard Schnauzer and an Airedale Terrier. This hybrid will be playful, affectionate and a lot of fun to be around. Strong-willed and independent by nature, the Schnairedale is best suited to a person ready to take on the role of farm manager. A dog of this breed will need a lot of training, but will be eager to learn. They are active and need plenty of regular exercise to stay physically and emotionally healthy.

History of the Schnairedale

The Schnairedale is a relatively recent hybrid, although both breeds have a long history.

 

        

A little of the Schnauzer

        
The Standard Schnauzer is the oldest of the Schnauzer breeds and is thought to have been developed in medieval Germany. The breed was originally developed to help on the farm, herd livestock and hunt vermin, and has appeared in works of art as early as the 15th century. The Schnauzer is thought to be a mix of German Poodle, Wolf Spitz and Wirehaired Pinscher. The Schnauzer was not known worldwide until the mid-19th century, when the breed came to the attention of German dog fanciers who sought to develop the standard and establish the breed in their country. Also known as the Wirehaired Pinscher, the Standard Schnauzer was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904.
Standard of the Schnauzer

 

        

A little of the Airedale Terrier

Known as the king of Terriers, the Airedale Terrier is the largest of the Terriers. The breed emerged in the mid-1800s in an area near the River Aire in England, the result of a mix of Otterhounds, Old English Black and Tan Terriers, Bull Terriers and other Terriers. The Airedale Terrier was first used by Yorkshiremen to hunt rats on the River Aire, even taking part in rat-hunting competitions. Although the breed was first known as the Waterside or Bingley Terrier, its name was changed to the Airedale in 1878, after the place where it was developed. After becoming popular at dog shows, the breed's appearance aroused interest and enthusiasts began breeding efforts, especially Bull and Irish Terriers. John Wayne, President Woodrow Wilson and Warren Harding all owned Airedale Terriers, and dogs of this breed served in the First World War in the roles of hunter, messenger and guard.
Standard of the Airedale Terrier

Appearance of the Schnairedale

The Schnairedale inherits traits from both its parent breeds; as with all mixed breeds, you can expect it to inherit more physical characteristics from either parent breed, or a relatively equal combination of traits from each. The Schnairedale often resembles a Schnauzer, with the breed's characteristic beard and expressive eyebrows. Red or russet highlights are often present. The hybrid is generally medium-sized, with an athletic build and floppy ears that add to its expressiveness. The Schnairedale usually has sharp teeth, as both the Schnauzer and the Airedale Terrier were bred to hunt and chew. The hybrid usually has a long tail, which it often wags.

Temperament of the Schnairedale

The Schnairedale inherits behavioral traits from its parent breeds, the Schnauzer and the Airedale Terrier. Your hybrid will generally be well behaved, but will require a lot of training. The Schnauzer will be eager to learn, but many won't appreciate being told what to do until you've established yourself as the leader. Your dog will often bark a lot in the presence of strangers; training will help you minimize this. As both parent breeds are intelligent, it's likely that the offspring will be too. Socialization is important for the Schnairedale to get along well with people, dogs and other pets. Both the Airedale Terrier and the Schnauzer are friendly, especially with humans. The Airedale Terrier is a courageous dog that, if not properly trained and stimulated, can get into trouble, digging escape routes, for example. Both parent breeds are energetic and like to play and keep active.

Needs and activities of the Schnairedale

The Schnairedale's activity requirements vary according to the dog and the characteristics it has inherited from its parents. Both parent breeds are very active, so it's not surprising that most Schnairedales need plenty of exercise. This hybrid enjoys long walks, especially in the forest, where it can soak up the different scents. Active and agile, the Schnairedale will do well with agility training, which can be added to its activities after the age of one. It's important to offer your Schnairedale a variety of activities so that he doesn't get bored. If your Schnairedale doesn't get the activity and stimulation it needs, it can become destructive.

Maintenance of the Schnairedale

Your Schnairedale will need maintenance for its face and coat. Brushing and combing your dog's coat three to four days a week will be necessary, and he'll probably need professional grooming two to three times a year to keep his coat manageable. Schnairedale doesn't usually shed, which minimizes the mess you'll encounter in your home. Occasional baths will help keep your Schnairedale clean, and brushing two or three times a week is recommended for long-term dental health. It's important to check your Schnairedale's ears once a week for any possible infection. As with all dogs, you should trim your Schnairedale's nails if necessary.

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