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The Schnauzer is an ancient breed. It is the original sheepdog of the Austrian Tyrol. Paintings and tapestries dating back to 1492 show dogs that are not unlike the modern Schnauzers.

The Schnauzer has also been found in statuary, one on a statue in Mecklenborg, Germany. This statue is dated 1620.

‘Schnauzer’ was the name of the first prize winning Wired-haired pinscher (the breed's previous title) which was exhibited for the first time in 1879 in Hanover.

Because of its desire to work with the shepherds and guard the family home, the travelling merchants of the 15th and 16th centuries used the Schnauzer to guard their wagons as they travelled from village to village.

These dogs had to be of a size not to take up too much room when traveling on top of the wagon but fierce enough to repel possible thieves.

The Miniature and Giant Schnauzers were developed from the Standard Schnauzer.

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