Thinking about purchasing an Giant Schnauzer? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Giant Schnauzer breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Giant Schnauzer owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Giant Schnauzer and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Giant Schnauzer Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Giant Schnauzer and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Giant Schnauzer Profile
The Schnauzer family comes in three sizes: giant, standard and miniature, but they are each considered separate breeds. The Giant Schnauzer is an unusual looking dog who has high spirits, stamina and loyalty. They are independent and intelligent and need firm and consistent training. Giant Schnauzers may be aggressive with strangers and make excellent watchdogs. They are sturdy, tough and have a wiry coat which breeders work hard to sustain. Their wiry coats are one of few aspects that make them distinct from the Bouvier des Flandres. Giant Schnauzers are excellent guardians, looking intimidating as well as acting protective. They are loyal and very playful with their family, but should be supervised with children. They are brave, intelligent and noble creatures. Giant Schnauzers even served in the first World War, from which popularity arose. Giant Schnauzers are excellent protectors and pets.
Other Names: Riesenschnauzer, Russian Bear Schnauzer, Münchener Dog
Type: Herding Dog
Females: 23.5 - 25.5 inches; Males: 25.5 - 27.5 inches.
Colors: Pure black
or salt and pepper.
Schnauzers are loyal, protective and alert. They are affectionate and very playful
with family, but will react if provoked and is not afraid to defend its territory.
They are intelligent, brave and even tempered. They make great watchdogs and
guard dogs, but should be watched with children, as this is a large breed. They
are gentle with friends and family. Giant Schnauzers are reliable and good natured.
Watch-dog: Very High.
Giant Schnauzer Care and Exercise:
Brush the wiry coat of the Giant Schnauzer daily with a short wire brush to
prevent matting. Their coat should be stripped to prevent it from becoming soft
and woolly. Pluck the coat twice a year, trim around the eyes and ears. Clean
whiskers after meals. Giant Schnauzer are an energetic dog and requires daily
exercise of a long, brisk walk and off the leash play sessions.
Giant Schnauzer Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia and eye diseases. Giant Schnauzers may also suffer from orthopedic problems, albinism, epilepsy, hypothyroidism and renal problems.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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