Last updated September 2007 (The Kennel Club)
built, robust, sinewy, nearly square, (length of body
equal to height at shoulders). Expression keen and
attitude alert. Correct conformation is of more
importance than colour or other purely 'beauty'
- Type, toyishness, raciness or coarseness, foreign
balanced, smart, stylish and adaptable.
- Over exaggeration, terrier-ish, cloddy or untyopical
reliable and intelligent. Primarily a companion dog.
- Untypical temperament
in proportion of body length to height
Points of the Dog as shown on the
01 - Nase
02 - Muzzle; foreface
03 - Stop
04 - Eye
05 - Skull; forehead
06 - Cheek
07 - Ear
08 - Occiput
09 - Throat
10 - Neck
11 - Shoulder
12 - Point of Shoulder
13 - Upper arm
14 - Forearm
15 - Knee
16 - Front pastern
17 - Foot; paw
18 - Elbow
19 - Ribs
20 - Brisket
21 - Abdomen; belly
22 - Flank
23 - Coupling
24 - Withers
25 - Back
26 - Loin
27 - Croup; rump
28 - Tail; stern
29 - Point of buttock
30 - Thigh
31 - Stifle
32 - Gaskin; second thigh
33 - Hock
34 - Back pastern
35 - Tuck-up
LENGTH of the Schnauzer is measured
from the point of shoulder (12) to the point of buttock
HEIGHT of the Schnauzer is measured from the withers
(24) to ground
LENGHT should approximate HEIGHT of the Schnauzer
FOREQUARTERS consist of the area beginning at the
withers (24) and include 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 und 17
HINDQUARTERS consist of the area beginning at the croup
(27) and include 30, 32, 33, 34 und 17
BACKLINE includes the withers, back, loin and croup
strong and of good length, narrowing from ears to eyes and
then gradually forward toward end of nose. Upper part of the
head (occiput to the base of forehead) moderately broad
between ears. Flat, creaseless forehead; well muscled but not
too strongly developed cheeks. Medium stop to accentuate
prominent eyebrows. Powerful muzzle ending in a moderately
blunt line, with bristly, stubby moustache and chin whiskers.
Ridge of nose straight and running almost parallel to
extension of forehead. Nose black with wide nostrils. Lips
tight but not overlapping.
- Head coarse and cheeky, or narrow snipey foreface. Lack of
strength under eyes. Small head in proportion to body
dark, oval, set forward, with arched bushy eyebrows.
- Light, large or small, prominent
V-shaped, set high and dropping forward to temple.
- Heavy, fly-away, erect, stricking out, badly carried.
strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e.
upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to
- Undershot or overshot jaw. Wry jaw. Level bite
long, strong and slightly arched; skin close to throat; neck
set cleanly on shoulders.
- Short, thick neck, ewe neck, loaded shoulders
flat and well laid. Forelegs straight viewed from any angle.
Muscles smooth and lithe rather than prominent; bone strong,
straight and carried well down to feet; elbows close to body
and pointing directly backwards.
- Loose elbows, pinched front. Short, stepping hackney
action (high stepping). Upright shoulder
moderately broad, deep with visible strong breastbone reaching
at least to height of elbow rising slightly backward to loins.
Back strong and straight, slightly higher at shoulder than at
hindquarters, with short, well developed loins. Ribs well
sprung. Length of body equal to height from top of withers to
- Chest too broad, narrow or shallow. Back too long, sway or
roach. Too much tuck-up, barrel ribs. Slanting cruppers.
slanting and flat but strongly muscled. Hindlegs (upper and
lower thighs) at first vertical to the stifle; from stifle to
hock, in line with the extension of the upper neck line; from
hock, vertical to ground
- Over angulation. Lack of angulation. Hindpart over built
(too step). Hocks turned in. Hocks turned out.
round, cat-like, compact with closely arched toes, dark nails,
firm black pads, feet pointing forward
- Hare feet. Splayed feet. Thin pads. Weak pasterns.
Docked: Set on and carried high, customarily docked to three
Undocked: Set on and carried high, of moderate length to give
general balance to the dog. Thick at root and tapering towards
the tip, as straight as possible, carried jauntily
- Low-set. Squirrel. Curling. Long. Thin and whippy
balanced and vigorous, with good reach in forequarters and
good driving power in hindquarters. Topline remains level in
- Short, mincing action. High hackney knee action. Stilted
action. Weak hind action.
wiry and short enough for smartness, dense undercoat. Clean on
neck and shoulders, ears and skull. Harsh hair on legs.
Furnishings fairly thick but not silky
- Coat too short and sleek. Too long. Soft or curled. Silky
pepper and salt colours in even proportions, or pure black, or
black and silver. That is, solid black with silver markings on
eyebrow, muzzle, chest and brisket and on the forelegs below
the point of elbow, on inside of hindlegs below the stifle
joint, on vent and under tail.
- All white, white patches (Parti-coloured) colours.
height: dogs: 36 cms (14 ins); bitches: 33 cms (13 ins). Too
small, toyish appearing dogs are not typical and undesirable
- Too small, toyish appearance. Oversize.
animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.