Pronunciation: (shnou'zur; Ger. shnou'tsur),[key] —n. 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. Cf. giant schnauzer, miniature schnauzer.