Standard schnauzer, breed of dog originally from Bavaria, Germany, in the 15th century. These dogs stand up to 19.5 in (50 cm) at the shoulder and weigh up to 40 lb (18 kg). They have short, gray to black, wiry coats, short docked ears and tail, shaggy whiskers, and bushy eyebrows. They were originally used as herders and rodent killers. Later, in the 18th century they were used as carriage and guard dogs for stables. Today they are kept as pets.