Rich in character inside and out, with their arched eyebrows and grizzled beards, this a very recognizable breed. The original Schnauzer originated in Germany as an all-purpose farm dog. He guarded the family and their livestock at home and en route to market, kept vermin at bay, and no doubt served as devoted companion as well. They retain their diversified resume today, still serving as guardians and companions, but also excelling in the show ring, as service and therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, and anything else that engages their sharp minds and energetic natures. Schnauzers, though naturally a bit stubborn and protective, are excellent family dogs as long as training and socialization start early. Their long beard and leg hair needs regular combing to avoid tangles and their body coat should be stripped twice a year.