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Giant Schnauzer

Always vigilant (other names: Riesenschnauzer)

Giant Schnauzer
origin:Germany
date origin:19th century
life expectancy:11 to 12 years
classification:Terrier
height:65 to 70 cm
weight:32 to 35 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Easyclimate: Coldgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Schnauzer dates back from the 15th century. Being a Germany breed, the Schnauzer was named after it´s more distinctive feature: his bearded snout (schnauze means muzzle). There are three types of Schnauzers: Giant, Standard and Miniature, being the Giant the second one to be bred.

The Giant Schnauzer was developed around the 1800s by farmers of the Bavaria region who liked the standard Schnauzer, but needed a dog with more power to drive the cattle. Although the process of breeding the giant variation isn´t documented, it seems that the black Great Dane, the Bouvier des Flandres, the Standard Schnauzer and other large sheepdogs were used in the mix.

The Giant Schnauzer was a very good herding and guardian dog however, farmers with sparse resources couldn’t afford to feed his demanding stomach and the breed became scarcer. In the late 19th century it regained popularity, only to loose it again during the Second World War. In between, the Giant Schnauzer worked as police dog, position that he acquired only in Germany, and even as a military dog during the First World War. The breed was recognized around 1930s.

Nowadays, the Giant Schnauzer has progressively being adopted as a pet and his numbers are growing.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Giant Schnauzer is a very affectionate dog, very protective of his family and territory, who will try to be at all times with his owners. Having the personality of the Terriers, bold and troublemaker, his fearlessness can have dangerous consequences when you realize he´s not that little puppy barking to whom the larger dogs don´t pay any attention. He is in fact strong and valiant, so it´s imperative that the Giant Schnauzer is socialized from early age and properly trained. The breed is easy to train, but this needs to be done consistently and based on positive reinforcement. His protective instincts are very sharp which is why he makes an unsurpassed watchdog as well as a guard dog.

The Giant Schnauzer isn´t for novice owners, he needs someone who can show him who’s in charge.

Very playful and energetic, the Giant Schnauzer is usually good with children that are part of the family. However his big size may lead to rough playing.

This breed likes to have a job to do and being also very intelligent; the Giant Schnauzer needs plenty of room and stimulation. The breed can live well in the city but it needs a house with a large yard.  
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General appearance [ edit ]

The Giant Schnauzer should be larger version of the Schnauzer in terms of appearance. It should have 59 to 70 cm and weight 32 to 35 kg.

The beard, mustache and eyebrows, so characteristic of this breed should be long and coarse, as it his in his close relative. Looking at the Giant Schnauzer you can see that he is a powerful dog with a sturdy and well muscled body.

The coat of the Giant Schnauzer is dense, wiry and gives him the appropriate protection from the harsh weather.

The large nose is black but the coat can be solid black or pepper and salt. The tail is usually docked and the ears are v-shaped bending forward. 
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Health [ edit ]

Giant Schnauzers have a tendency to gain weight easily, so don´t overfed them and don´t neglect the daily exercise.

The Giant Schnauzer´s coat needs to be combed regularly. To achieve the look we are used to see in this breed, the hair needs to be trimmed by a professional every other month. As he doens´t shed, the trimming of the hair is crucial so that the coat doens´t mate.  
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Dog Trivia [ edit ]

The fact that this breed is one of the few large dogs that doens´t shed is the reason for it´s recently growing popularity. Nonetheless, grooming should be done on a weekly basis.

Hip dysplasia is a major concern in this breed. The Giant Schnauzer is also prone to arthritis and bloat.
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09.10
Dogfan22 said:
wonderful breed :)
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