Occasionally, the Standard Schnauzer Club of America has an adult Standard Schnauzer who needs a new home. These are excellent dogs who have lost their homes through no fault of their own. Homes can be lost through death, divorce, relocation, illness, or many other reasons. A "ready made dog" can be a wonderful choice for the first-time owner or the family that doesn't have time to train a puppy. Most of these dogs are over 5 years old and are males. There are between 12-15 dogs a year placed thru Rescue across the Nation.

These older dogs are usually housebroken, lead trained, or even obedience trained. They are usually nice about being brushed and combed. Lots of patience is required, however, for the first few weeks. The dog will feel confused and lonesome for his old family, but will quickly love his new family given a little patience.

Hi, My name is Turk  
Turk is an 8 year old male neutered pepper and salt standard schnauzer. Turk is being fostered through Schnauzer Rescue of MN (SROMN) for the Standard Schnauzer Club of America (SSCA) Rescue.

Upon arrival, we learned that Turk was a little guy (28 lbs) with a BIG personality! It did not take long for Turk to open up! When he arrived, he was food reactive towards other dogs, not humans, and that seems resolved. Turk loves to chew on toys and bones! He loves to run in the yard! And most importantly, he loves to cuddle with his people!

Turk is the sweetest, most handsome boy! Everyone that meets him adores him! He loves to play! He also loves to jump on you, and will even jump into your arms! An obedience class should help with the jumping. Turk does have basic manners, and is calmer when he gets walks. Turk pulls a little on leash, but overall is very respectful!

Turk requires a fenced yard that is ideally 6 feet tall. Turk has a history of jumping a 3-1/2 foot fence.

Turk cannot be placed with children younger than 12 years old. He tends to chase and herd children, which can be scary for the children. He also has the potential to bite children who move too quickly. Turk is fine with children when he is on leash.

Turk has a preference to liking female dogs. He DOES NOT like fast moving dogs that are over-stimulating and do not leave him alone or dominate dogs. He will play with female dogs. He loves tugging!

Turk is great with cats, and doesn't chase them! Turk is so happy! And he just wants to be loved!

Turk will require a fenced yard. He is high energy and would benefit greatly from an obedience class! He would also be an ideal candidate for fun things like Scent work and Barn Hunt!

Turk is up to date on vaccines and heartworm preventive. Turk is negative for heartworm disease and tick diseases. Turk is otherwise healthy. Turk is house trained, but his greatest issue being urinating through his kennel. He wears a belly band while kenneled.

Serious inquiries only for this dog! Turk will REQUIRE a secure 6 foot fenced yard! He is a flight risk. If he gets outside of a fence, he will be gone.

Turk is being fostered in MN. Homes further away will be considered at the adopters transport expense and based on the family’s SS experience and other qualifications. All transport is at the adopters expense.

An ideal home for Turk would not have children or children visitors; a 6 foot high fenced yard; a female dog or no other dogs; owners familiar with standard schnauzers and their activity needs; able bodied owners; and owners that can provide him lots of love and support!

These dogs are power houses, intelligent, and require knowledge of the breed.

***All SROMN and SSCA foster dogs live in homes, not shelters.

***Standard Schnauzers are generally high energy dogs, and require a moderate amount of grooming.

***If you are interested in adopting Turk please fill out an adoption application on this site and either snail mail or email application and pictures of your yard to

Print the PDF version and mail it to the rescue person.
Click here for an PDF version of the SSCA rescue application.

Please email if you would like more information.

The SSCA rescues, evaluates, and places these wonderful Standard Schnauzers in new homes. For Adoption Information, email , the SSCA rescue committee chairman.

The first step towards getting a rescue dog is to print a copy of the application, fill it out and mail it to .  The application will be kept on file and when a dog comes into the Rescue program that is what you are looking for you would be notified. The Rescue Program does not normally ship dogs. We try to match the dog to the best owner for it. I encourage you to also contact the local SSCA rescue person in your area so they are aware you are interested in a rescue dog.  These contacts are listed below.
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Please take a few minutes to read about the characteristics of the Standard Schnauzer. The Standard is known as "the dog with the human brain", while being an exaggeration, it does illustrate the mental abilities of the breed. The Standard is the original of the three sizes, miniature, standard and giant. Listed are areas you need to consider before you decide to share your home with a Standard Schnauzer.

Although sizes may vary, the correct size for males is 18" - 20" at the shoulder with a weight between 40 - 50 pounds, and females 17" - 19" at the shoulder with a weight between 35 - 45 pounds.

The Standard Schnauzer is a robust, exuberant dog who loves to play and needs daily exercise. A fenced yard is highly recommended. If motivated, Standards can jump a six foot fence.

All dogs require grooming, whether it be nail clipping, ear cleaning, or brushing. Standard Schnauzers require more than the average dog. Beard and leg furnishings must be combed and brushed often to keep from matting. Pets may be machine clippered, which is quicker than stripping; however, dogs that are shown must be stripped to maintain correct coat texture and body outline. A properly groomed Standard should not shed.

The breed is relatively healthy. Although hip dysplasia is present, severe hip dysplasia is rare. There are cases of flea and food allergies and some skin problems. Most breeds have some of the above and some Standards will never have allergies , skin problems, or hip problems, but we feel it is best for you to know the worst. Feeding one medium sized dog for a year will cost approximately $250-$300. Many expenses are hidden in the grocery bill (food, dishes, leashes, collars, brushes, shampoos and toys). The Standard, if given good care, will usually live 12 to 15 years.

The combination of intelligence and spirit can make him a handful and he requires training and discipline. The training must be consistent; a Standard Schnauzer will work readily and happily if praised for positive behavior rather than punished for bad behavior. He must be made to understand that you, the owner, are the "pack leader" or he will claim this title for himself. Local kennel clubs in your area offer training classes in obedience and the cost is nominal.

As a home guardian the Standard Schnauzer excels. He readily accepts friends of the family, but warns of strangers with a strong voice. He is alert to his surroundings and aware of change in his environment. His reaction is usually to hold rather than to attack, and unless provoked, has been known to keep an intruder cornered for quite a long time. He is good with children and appoints himself as their guardian and protector.

Standard Schnauzers are "people" dogs. They need to be with, around, and near humans because they thrive on love and attention. Consider your lifestyle and household schedule - do you travel a lot, do you work long hours, are you busy with your children's activities? In other words, do you have time to give the love and attention a Standard Schnauzer needs?

Few people own only one Standard Schnauzer. They simply are habit forming! Contrary to popular opinion, they are NOT cheaper by the dozen. If you have two Standard Schnauzers, it will cost you twice as much and so on and so on ......

When a dog is adopted, he should become your companion for LIFE. His needs for love and security are no different from our own.

If you are still interested, and we hope you are, welcome to the family of STANDARD SCHNAUZER ADMIRERS!

The objective of the Standard Schnauzer Rescue Committee is to place unwanted purebred Standard Schnauzers in appropriate adoptive homes where they will receive a daily ration of love and attention. In all cases, the Standard Schnauzer is the primary concern of this committee.

The rescue program addresses the following issues:

We have successfully placed numerous Standard Schnauzers. Their ages are usually between twelve months and seven years, but we do see some seniors and a few puppies as well. All rescue dogs have a physical examination, all necessary medical treatment, and are neutered or spayed, vaccinated, and heartworm tested. In addition, many are tattooed. Many dogs come from homes where there has been a move, divorce, allergies, or just not enough time. Others come to us from pounds and shelters.

Our rescue organization is comprised of hard-working volunteers whose only reward is seeing these wonderful Standards placed in loving homes and given a second chance for a happy life. If you are patient with our process, we will try to provide you with a devoted, loving companion - a Standard Schnauzer. We will then have another rescue story to read OUTCAST TO A HAPPY ENDING!



Click here for an PDF version of the SSCA rescue application.