The Schnauzer is a small, medium-sized dog breed of the terrier family that originated in Germany in the 14th century. They were originally bred to be working dogs, and they were used as ratters and guard dogs.

Today, they are much more popular as companions than they were at the height of their popularity as working dogs. These dogs are very friendly, intelligent, and loyal. They also tend to get along well with children and other pets in their households.