Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dog of any of three breeds of various sizes, the miniature schnauzer, standard schnauzer, and giant schnauzer, having a blunt muzzle with a bristly beard and a wiry salt-and-pepper or black coat.

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  • noun A breed of dog originating in Germany

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  • noun old German breed of sturdy black or greyish wire-haired terriers having a blunt muzzle ranging in size from fairly small to very large; used as ratters and guard dogs or police dogs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German, from Schnauze, snout, alteration of Middle Low German snūte.]

Examples

  • One schnauzer was very possessive with his "mom" and me.

    Does Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed?

  • Our mini schnauzer, Joebert, is approaching three years of age.

    Employment and the Captaincy of Your Soul

  • Imagine being in an accident and having to get a miniature schnauzer pulled from your sternum.

    Dogs get old too

  • One schnauzer was very possessive with his "mom" and me.

    Does Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed?

  • Imagine being in an accident and having to get a miniature schnauzer pulled from your sternum.

    Dogs get old too

  • Dear Readers: Mel and Barbara Mosher of Amsterdam, N.Y., sent a photo of their miniature schnauzer, Abigail, with their daughter's cocker spaniel, Zoe, standing at the top of the cellar stairs waiting for someone to come up.

    Hints From Heloise

  • I know Janet Reno would like you to believe that Elian got here on the wings of a magical schnauzer, but no! It might be comforting to keep these prisoners in legal limbo, but the thing is they're not actually in limbo.

    Take No Prisoners

  • He chops food with the soft part of his hand and then fists it down to the ground where our schnauzer Puss sits squinting up, looking like a gold prospector enjoying a sunup.

    Baby Teak

  • Imagine being in an accident and having to get a miniature schnauzer pulled from your sternum.

    Dogs get old too

  • Her dog Sammy, a small schnauzer, panted his kibble breath behind her.

    Apples to Apples

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  • What an awesome word.

    A dog breed that "comes from Bavaria... The name comes from the German word Schnauze, or muzzle.... In the eighteenth century (it) was a carriage dog and a watchdog in stables. Since it has some terrier blood, it was also used as a hunter of rodents.... Among the schnauzer's good qualities, two are noteworthy: its longevity (schnauzers usually live about fifteen years) and its lack of a doggy smell." (Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs, 1980)

    February 21, 2007

  • Lack of a doggy smell? But isn't that what makes a dog a dog?? ;-)

    February 22, 2007

  • That's what I think too. And if it doesn't smell like a dog... what *does* it smell like? French fries? That's too weird! Who wants a dog that smells like French fries?

    February 22, 2007

  • Or a bouquet of freesia, for that matter.

    On the other hand, I have a friend who swears that all puppies' paws smell like popcorn. I never understood that (never having owned a dog--or smelled a puppy's paws, for that matter).

    Maybe it's part of the doggy smell. ;-)

    February 22, 2007