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.

Elio My name is Gretchen. and I am adopted !!!
I am a sweet, 7 year old spayed female that is being fostered in Florida. I am looking for a home that has no small children and no cats. I love other dogs though! I walk well on a loose leash and love to be around people. I am house trained, and up to date on all my inoculation. I do need to lose a little weight, however that is not hard to do. I am so looking forward to my future home so someone will love me..

mollie Hi, My name is Lily   I am now adopted, Yes! Yes! Yes!   I am a black spayed 3 year old female being fostered in the state of Washington. I love other dogs my size, and adults, but not small children or small dogs. I love to run and play and could use some basic obedience. I would love to get involved in doggie sports! I could be your companion ... Could you be my new home?

Elio My name is Elio
Hi, my name is Elio…I am a 5 year old neutered male that is up to date on all my vaccinations. I do take some medicine for a heart murmur, but it does not bother me at all. As you can see I have a natural tail. I get along well with other dogs and children, and I just love my people! I am being fostered in Justin, Texas. Could you be my new loving companion?

mollie Hi, My name is Mollie. I am about 8 or 9 years old. I am a spayed female that is looking for a new home where I will get the attention I deserve. Right now I am with my foster home in Indiana. My new home should have no other animals and only older kids in their teens. I am sweet and loving and could be your new companion; I love to just hang around the house, even through I do need some obedience training. I will be all prettied up for my new place… could you be my new home?

Charlie My name is Piper and I got adopted!
Hi. I’m the new rescue boy here and I’m only 10 months old. I am a typical Standard Schnauzer as I need plenty of exercise and structure. I like other dogs and people and love to chase and play fetch. I’m looking for a new family in the Pennsylvalia area, that is understanding and will help me with some obedience training. I am very anxious to learn and would do well in any structured dog activities. Could you be my new home??

Zeke I'm Zeke.   I am now Adopted, Yeahhh!
I am a healthy 3 year old neutered male and would love to have a new home! I get along with smaller dogs and have had some obedience training, which I should continue. I am a little anxious with social situations and car travel, but I am getting better. I like being bathed and groomed, aren’t I handsome? I am living in Florida now, could you be my new owner?

Charlie Hi! My name is Tigger, and I got ADOPTED !
I am a healthy 8 year old neutered male being fostered in N.Y. I don’t make many demands and love to sleep in my crate! I like other dogs and even cats… I especially love people and would like to be someone’s close companion. If you would play tug with me it would make me so happy. Sometimes I bark, but that is easily controlled with attention. I am a little shy, but so well behaved… Could you be my new home?
Here is a video of me. what do you think??

Charlie I'm Charlie. I am adopted. Thanks for adopting me!
I'm a sweet, 9 year old, neutered male who gets along well with cats, and other dogs, but not children. I love people and I will follow you everywhere. I am up to date on all my shots, house trained, crate trained, and (usually) walk well on a leash…gotta love those walks! I am presently in northern California so if you could be my forever home, please contact Dottie Michelmore at .

The rescue form comes in "two flavors" - PDF and online. If, for whatever reason, you have a problem with the online form, then print the PDF version and mail it to the rescue person.
Click here for a PDF version copy 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.