Giant Schnauzer – Dog Breed of The Week

The Giant Schnauzer was created to be a working dog breed, so he has intelligence and drive

The Giant Schnauzer is the largest of the three Schnauzer breeds. He has a commanding appearance and rugged build. But his stoic demeanor is belied by the twinkle in his eyes, hinting at his playful nature.

This is a big dog with a big personality. He’s an energetic, intelligent companion who makes life interesting with his independent thinking and playfulness, but dominant personality and bold approach to life. In short, he’s a handful, even for experienced dog owners. Still, in the right home he’s a loyal and courageous companion.

There is no limit to the capabilities of a well-trained Giant Schnauzer. Obedience, agility, tracking, carting, and herding are among the dog sports in which you can find him competing. Originally used to drive cattle to market, he excels as a police and guard dog and more recently has branched out to drug detection and search and rescue. He has a gentle and loving side as well, making him an admirable therapy dog. But the Giant Schnauzer’s favorite activity is being with the people he loves.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:Working Dogs
Height:1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:55 to 80 pounds
Life Span:10 to 12 years

Highlights

 

  • Giant Schnauzers are energetic breed and require at least two long walks per day or 30 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise in the backyard.
  • Without proper exercise and mental stimulation, Giant Schnauzers can become very destructive and difficult to handle.
  • Giant Schnauzers are not recommended for first-time or timid owners. They need a strong leader who can provide clear and consistent rules without resorting to physical force.
  • Although they are a very affectionate breed, the Giant Schnauzer is not recommended for homes with young children because of their size and forceful behavior.
  • Giant Schnauzers will make excellent guard dogs.
  • Apartments are not suitable dwellings for Giant Schnauzers. They need a large fenced yard where they can play and run safely.
  • Socialization is a must with this breed. They can be aggressive toward people, dogs, and other animals they don’t know. They are naturally suspicious of strangers and need to become accustomed to experiencing new people and situations.
  • Giant Schnauzers are companion dogs and should live indoors. They thrive when they are with the people they love.
  • Giant Schnauzers require brushing one to three times a week. Their coats must also be stripped or clippered to remain neat looking.
  • Giant Schnauzers are intelligent dogs who learn quickly and excel at a variety of jobs. Be firm and consistent, and use positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, play, and food rewards. Giant Schnauzers will see and take advantage of any inconsistencies in your behavior.
  • Never buy a Giant Schnauzer from a puppy mill, a pet store, or a breeder who doesn’t provide health clearances or guarantees. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies and who breeds for sound temperaments.

 

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