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Giant Schnauzer Information

Description

The Giant Schnauzer is a much larger version of the more common Standard Schnauzer. It has the same square appearance and distinctive head shape. The Giant Schnauzer has a very muscular body with a traditionally docked tail and very erect ears. The breed has a wiry over coat with a soft and very thick undercoat. The Giant Schnauzer comes in pure black and salt and pepper colorations. One of the unique features of the Giant Schnauzer is its bright, intelligent deep-set eyes and its expressive eyebrows that give the face a quizzical appearance at times.

Temperament

The Giant Schnauzer is not a breed for everyone, especially those new to training dogs. They are very intelligent and tend to want to be dominant, so need training that is firm, consistent and positive from an early age. The Giant Schnauzer is extremely loyal and protective, and its large size means that training is critical to avoid potential injury to people and other pets. They may have a tendency to bite at those that it senses to be afraid or unpredictable, so it is not a good pet for families with small children. The breed is very attention seeking and does not do well in a house or outside when left alone. They can be extremely destructive if they become bored or are not properly trained. They bond very closely to their owners and often cannot be successfully re-homed, so it is very important to take this into consideration before taking on a puppy of the breed. Breeders and owners that work with Giant Schnauzers valued the breed for their thinking abilities, true love of the family and loyal behavior.

Grooming & Shedding

The Giant Schnauzer is a very light shedder and is typically a low maintenance breed if the coat is kept clipped to a short length. The soft, downy undercoat is prone to matting, but regular weekly brushing with a pin brush is usually all that is needed. It is important to clip the hair around the eyes to prevent irritation, as well as to keep the ears clean to avoid infections. For show dogs stripping is usually done rather than clipping, but for pets clipping is often much easier and more practical.

History

The exact cross that produced the Giant Schnauzer is not known for sure, but it was likely a combination of the black Great Dane, the Standard Schnauzer and the Bouvier des Flandres. Originally the breed was used in Bavaria as a herding dog where their natural intelligence was critical. They have also been used in law enforcement and as military dogs.

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: canine hip dysplasia (CHD), cancer. epilepsy
  • Minor Concerns: bloat (gastric torsion), OCD (growth disorder)
  • Occasionally seen: none
  • Suggested tests: hip

 

Characteristics

Height

Males 26-28 inches (66-71 cm)

Females 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)

Weight

Males 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg)

Females 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)

Lifespan

13-15 years

Exercise

High

Apartment

No

Families

Yes – with training and socialization

Young Children

No

Need exercise space

Yes – large spaces to run

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