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[shnou-zer; German shnou-tsuh r] /ˈʃnaʊ zər; German ˈʃnaʊ tsər/
one of a German breed of sturdy medium-sized dogs having a tight, wiry, pepper-and-salt or pure black coat, bristly eyebrows and beardlike whiskers, and a docked tail, used originally as a ratter and a guard dog and later used in police work.
Also called standard schnauzer.
Origin of schnauzer
1920-25; < German, equivalent to Schnauze snout + -er -er1 Unabridged
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a wire-haired breed of dog of the terrier type, originally from Germany, having a greyish coat and distinctive beard, moustache, and eyebrows
Word Origin
C19: from German Schnauzesnout
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Word Origin and History for schnauzer

breed of terrier, 1923, from German Schnauzer, literally "growler," from schnauzen "to snarl, growl," from Schnauze "snout, muzzle," which is related to Middle English snute, snoute "snout" (see snout).

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