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National Schnauzer Day 2024: When & What It Is

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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National Schnauzer Day–the day celebrating all things Schnauzer–is September 25 of each year. Started by a UK-based dog accessories company, Moo Moo & Bar, National Schnauzer Day is when lovers of these bearded canines show their love for their unique pups.

Learn more about National Schnauzer Day, the types of Schnauzers, and ideas for your own celebration.

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What Is National Schnauzer Day?

National Schnauzer Day was launched in 2021 by the UK-based Moo Moo & Bear. It’s celebrated every year on September 25.

A designated pet holiday, National Schnauzer Day honors the unique Schnauzer breeds that come from Germany. Their name means “muzzle” or “snout” in German, marking their distinctive snout and flared-out facial whiskers.

There are three breeds of Schnauzer: Giant Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, and Miniature Schnauzer. The original Schnauzer was roughly the size of the Standard Schnauzer and bred as a guard dog and ratter.

The Giant and Miniature breeds were developed from the Standard Schnauzer by mixing the Schnauzer with large or small breeds to get the desired size. Giant Schnauzers were developed in the 17th century to drive livestock by crossing them with Great Danes, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Boxers, and Bouvier des Flandres. Miniature Schnauzers were developed in the late 19th century and crossed the Standard Schnauzer with smaller breeds, such as the Miniature Poodle and the Affenpinscher.

Regardless of size, the Schnauzer breeds are extremely intelligent and independent. They’re above-average working dogs with good problem-solving abilities, strong protective instincts, and high energy.

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Tips to Celebrate National Schnauzer Day

If you already have a Schnauzer as your beloved companion, here are some ideas to celebrate the holiday with your pup:

  • Spend time on the beach. Schnauzers often enjoy swimming, so find a dog-friendly beach or lake nearby and go on an adventure. Even if your dog doesn’t particularly enjoy the water, they may like to play in the sand and take in the sights and smells.
  • Have a picnic in the park. Dogs always love a romp in the park! Plan a picnic with your dog to celebrate the holiday, complete with tasty snacks for both of you and a soft blanket.
  • Take a trip together. More and more people are traveling with their dogs. Plan a day trip with your pup at a dog-friendly hotel and explore some dog-friendly parks, trails, or restaurants nearby.
  • Make some dog pastries. If you’d rather spend the day at home, you can bake some treats for your dog with banana, peanut butter, and oats. Just be sure to check with your vet if you have any concerns about the ingredients.
  • Learn some new tricks. Schnauzers are incredibly smart dogs that like to have a job to do. The holiday is a great time to teach your dog some new tricks, such as fetching your slippers or mastering a puzzle toy.

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Enjoy National Schnauzer Day!

If you already have a Schnauzer, the holiday is the perfect time to show your love and plan some quality time. If you want to welcome a Schnauzer into your home, spend the day browsing rescue organizations to find Schnauzers available for adoption.


Featured Image Credit: Natalia Bostan, Shutterstock

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