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

  • n. Any of three German breeds of dog of a range of sizes, having a wiry pepper-and-salt or black coat and a blunt muzzle with wiry whiskers.

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  • n. A breed of dog originating in Germany

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  • n. 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


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

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


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  • 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

  • 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

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

    February 22, 2007

  • 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