As of 2014, the two breed standard colors for standard schnauzers are black and pepper and salt. Miniature schnauzers have three breed standard colors: black and silver, black, and pepper and salt. Neither of these breeds of schnauzer have alternate colors accepted by the American Kennel Club.
The third breed, the giant schnauzer, has two standard colors and two alternate colors. Their standard colors are pepper and salt and black. Alternate colors are black and tan and fawn.
These three breeds of schnauzer range from 1 to 2 feet in height at the shoulder for the miniature and giant, respectively. Miniatures can reach up to 20 pounds, while giants can grow as large as 80. The schnauzer originated in Germany.