Standard Schnauzer Chin

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

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

A brief presentation of the Standard Schnauzer Chin

A mix of Schnauzer and Japanese Spaniel, the Standard Schnauzer Chin is a beautiful, small to medium-sized dog with a medium to long coat that tends to be thick and soft, but can also be rough or harsh. They are alert, friendly dogs that make excellent pets, even if you have to supervise them in the presence of pre-school children. They love to climb and jump as much as they love to hunt and herd. This breed is moderately easy to train, but requires a lot of patience and perseverance. As a designer breed, the Standard Schnauzer Chin makes a wonderful addition to your family.

History of the Standard Schnauzer Chin

The Standard Schnauzer Chin hasn't been around long enough to have its own history, but you can get an idea of its origins by consulting the history of the Schnauzer and the Japanese Spaniel.

 

        

A little of the Schnauzer

        
The Schnauzer is the oldest of the Schnauzer breeds, and has been working on farms since the Middle Ages. Originating in Germany, the Schnauzer was crossed with the Wirehaired Pinscher, Wolf Spitz and German Poodle to perfect the breed for farm catching and guarding. While other breeds became luxury German show dogs, the Schnauzer continued to work on German farms, but eventually came to the attention of German dog fanciers who established a standard for the breed. Shortly afterwards, the AKC took notice of the Schnauzer and it was accepted into the club in 1904, where it is the 85th most popular breed in America.
Standard of the Schnauzer

 

        

A little of the Japanese Spaniel

Contrary to its name, the Japanese Spaniel does not originate from Japan, but from China. However, some believe the breed originated in Korea, while others claim it came from Japan. Whatever the case, they were bred from Pekingese and Pugs thousands of years ago to become companion dogs. It is thought that they were brought from China to Japan in the 6th century by Buddhist masters who offered some of these little dogs to the Japanese emperor. The Japanese Spaniel was treated as an animal of the nobility, and only royal families were allowed to own them. Eventually, with so many Japanese Spaniels on offer, they managed to find their way onto merchant ships and soon found their way around the world. In 1854, a U.S. Navy commodore named Matthew Calbraith Perry introduced the Japanese Spaniel to Europe and offered a pair of these noble dogs to Queen Victoria, who offered a pair to U.S. President Franklin Pierce. The American Kennel Club accepted the Japanese Chin in 1888, but it was then called the Japanese Spaniel. Later, in 1977, its name was officially changed to today's Japanese Chin, and it is the 108th most common dog breed in America.
Standard of the Japanese Spaniel

Appearance of the Standard Schnauzer Chin

The appearance of the Standard Schnauzer Chin varies widely due to the differences between the two parent breeds. The Japanese Spaniel is a small toy breed that generally weighs less than 4.5 kilos, but the Schnauzer weighs between 4.5 and 13 kilos, so the Standard Schnauzer Chin can weigh between 4.5 and 13 kilos. The Japanese Spaniel also has a round head and short legs, while the Schnauzer is a rectangular dog with long legs, so its body falls somewhere in between. Their coat can be white and black with red or beige spots, white and red, white and orange or lemon, or white and black.

Temperament of the Standard Schnauzer Chin

The Standard Schnauzer Chin is an affectionate pet with lots of energy and a fun-loving personality. It can suffer from the small dog syndrome that some small dogs get when treated like humans, so make sure you let them know who's boss from the start. Potty training can be slow and you'll need to be firm, but use positive reinforcement rather than physical punishment. These dogs get on well with other dogs provided they are well socialized and early on, but they do best in homes without small children. They can also be sensitive to separation anxiety and frequent barking.

Needs and activities of the Standard Schnauzer Chin

This breed is an energetic working dog that also likes to stretch out from time to time. The Schnauzer in them has hunting and raking blood that drives them to chase any little creature they see, but the Japanese Spaniel is the type that prefers to watch you do the work. However, they need to get out and exercise every day, whether they like it or not, to stay healthy and happy. Schnauzers are athletic and enjoy all kinds of outdoor sports, such as tracking, hunting and earth dog trials. The Japanese Spaniel is also athletic, but loves other types of sports like climbing and jumping, so agility classes are perfect for them.

Maintenance of the Standard Schnauzer Chin

The care of your Standard Schnauzer Chin depends largely on the parent breed it's based on. However, both breeds require a lot of grooming time, so be prepared to spend some time brushing your dog. The Schnauzer has a rough, medium-length coat that is longer on the chin and legs, requiring special grooming to strip the coat and keep the beard trimmed. The Japanese Spaniel's long, silky coat requires careful daily brushing with a pin brush and wire comb to reduce shedding and clumping. You only need to bathe your dog when he's really dirty, as both dogs groom themselves regularly, and you need to trim their nails once a month.

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