The history of the origin of schnauzers

What is the origin history of schnauzers? By their appearance it is not difficult to guess that they originated directly from the pinschers or from the German version of the English terriers.

The first schnauzers were called differently. This breed was called the German Wire-haired Pinscher.

Initially, these dogs (a giant schnauzer, mittelschnauzer, miniature schnauzer) were used to accompany, to guard, and also to exterminate moles and rats. The custom of cutting this breed of dog's tail and ears was caused by the need to protect the weak points of the dog, because the bites of moles in these parts of the body left painful wounds that were easily inflamed.

Today, schnauzers no longer have to deal with rats, so stopping tails is not practical, but rather aesthetic in nature, because it gives the dog a more formidable look, especially a giant schnauzer, which corresponds to its watchman function. But this argument is recognized only by some countries, while in other countries, such procedures are finally banned.

Therefore, today there are schnauzers (Giant Schnauzer, mittelshnauzer, Giant Schnauzer) with uncircumcised ears and tails. The first such instances were puzzling, but now they no longer pay attention to this. In the end, if we are talking about a decent representative of the breed, any schnauzer is a great dog, even in the uncircumcised version. Let's return to the story in an attempt to find out the origin of this dog.

The information available is not very accurate, because there are differences among historians. Two 19th-century dog ​​handlers, the German Reinbach and the Austrian Fitsinger, offer different versions of the crossing that have taken place. The first believes that the wire-haired pinscher was the result of the crossing of a poodle and a pug. The second claims that his ancestors were lapdog and German spitz.

In 1876, in his book Dogs and Their Breeds, Dr. Fitsinger described the already larger pinscher, bred as a result of the crossing of a large poodle and an ordinary German spitz. He also speaks of a small hard-haired Pinscher, whom he describes as a slightly modified version of Afen Pinscher, that is, even then there were 3 Pinschers.

But nothing more is known about them, because the schnauzers of the middle and his ancestors were called stable dogs, in other words, they were second-class dogs that had little interest in cynological aristocracy and therefore were not mentioned in the literature. Then, as of course, and today, the dogs were not afraid of the evil forces, guarding the horses, they developed a full understanding with them and keep it, to this day.

Once, being not only the guardians of horses and rat catchers, they accompanied carriages and stagecoaches. Today they can be companions on walks and friendly accompany you. One thing is true - where there are horses, there will definitely be a schnauzer.

Schnauzers got their modern name at the beginning of the 20th century. Schnauz - in German means "mustache". Accordingly, the schnauzer was called a mustached man. The fact is that in those days the distinguishing feature of these dogs was not a beard, but a mustache.

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