*The Standard Schnauzer is the original breed of the three breeds of Schnauzer, and despite its wiry coat and general appearance, it is not related to the British terriers. Rather, its origins are in old herding and guard breeds of Europe. The breed is a robust, squarely built, medium-sized dog with aristocratic bearing, making it a popular subject of painters Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt.
*The Standard Schnauzer is sociable, highly intelligent and alert. Schnauzers can be "comedians", formidable guards, and great family companions. Schnauzers are a very enthusiastic breed and thrive on interaction with any family activities.
*The word "Schnauzer" (from the German word for 'snout') appeared for the first time in 1842 when used as a synonym for the Wire-haired Pinscher (the name under which the breed first competed at dog shows). The Standard Schnauzer is the original Schnauzer from which the Miniature and Giant breeds were developed in the late 19th century.
FUN FACTS ABOUT GOLDEN RETRIEVERS/CHOW CHOW'S!
*The Chow Chow, or Chow, is a breed of dog that originated in China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan, which literally means "puffy-lion dog." It is believed that the Chow is one of the native dogs used as the model for the Foo dog, the traditional stone guardians found in front of Buddhist temples and palaces.
*The Golden Retriever is a large breed of dog, historically developed as a gundog to retrieve shot waterfowl and upland game during hunting. As such they were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve game undamaged and an instictive love of water. Their versatility sees them employed in a variety of roles including narcotics detection, search and rescue, as hunting dogs and very commonly, guide dogs.
*Today the Chow is most commonly kept as a companion dog. Their keen sense of proprietorship over their homes paired with a sometimes disconcertingly serious approach to strangers can be off-putting to those unfamiliar with the breed. However, displays of timidity and aggression are uncharacteristic of well-bred and well-socialized specimens.
*The Golden Retriever is calm, naturally intelligent and biddable, with a patient demeanor and an exceptional eagerness to please. Among other qualities, their excellence with children has made them one of the most popular family dogs in the world today.
*Research DNA analysis confirms that the Chow is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. From what records survive, some historians believe that the Chow was the dog described as accompanying the Mongolian armies as they invaded south into China as well as west into Europe and southwest into the Middle East during the 12th century.
*As the name suggests, the Golden Retriever really loves to retrieve. Whether it's a thrown stick, tennis ball, or flying disc, retrieving can keep a dog of this breed occupied and entertained for hours, particularly if there is water involved. they might also pick up and "retrieve" any object that is near to them when greeting a human friend. Goldens are also noted for their intelligence, and can learn up to roughly 240 commands, words and phrases.