Thank you! Is she playful? OMGosh! All Hershey wants to DO is play..well that and eat..lol! She is the most playful, interactive, ENTERTAINING dog I have ever owned! She can be incorrigible! They say that the Standard Schnauzer is "the dog with the human brain". I thought, great! She'll be smart...she is TOO smart! She has problem solving capabilites and definatley has a mind of her own.
This is an excerpt from a book I have that is called "The World of Schnauzers" it includes all three sizes. This is from the chapter called The Nature of the Schnauzer: the main characteristics of the schnauzer are happiness, determination and loyalty. He is a happy dog, because he enjoys all that he does, because he only does what he enjoys. He is a determined dog; once he puts his mind to something he will persevere to the point of stubborness. he is a loyal dog, not to be confounded with slavish submissiveness, which he definatley is not; in the schnauzer's case, loyalty must be understood in the noble sense of the word.
I have found this to be entirely accurate!
One must have a fabulous sense of humor to own one of these dogs, and if you do, you will find yourself laughing many times a day!
She is very affectionte, too, btw. She will lay on my feet when I'm watching TV and she'll lay on my lap for 30 minutes at a time if I let her! She weighs 35 or 37 lbs so she gets a little heavy after a while.
She follows me from room to room and is my constant companion. She will do anything for food and knows several tricks. She can jump through a Hula hoop, she can wave hello, she shakes paws, speaks on command (in different volumes), she bows and now I'm working on sit up/beg. Along with all the basic obedience commands. I should do agility with her, because I think she is part gazelle or mountain goat, but I'm too busy to commit to agility classes right now.
Oh and she is a fabulous watch dog, which was one of this breeds original purposes.
This is her playing with a toy that is attached to a bungee cord, she pulls and pulls on this thing for a while and then it makes a big "SNAP" as it rebounds and ricochettes off the wall! She loves it!