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Giant Schnauzer (Pet love)

Giant Schnauzer (Pet love)

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Giant Schnauzer Profile

KC Group: Working Group

Origins

The breed originated in the Middle Ages in Germany by selectively breeding the Standard Schnauzer for larger and larger sizes. In earlier centuries it was a popular herding breed, but its need for more food than some breeds made it less popular for farmers on tight budgets or with limited resources. Its popularity grew again in the latter part of the 19th century, when it was used as a drover and as a guard dog.

Description

Height: dogs: 65-70 cms (25½ - 27½ ins); bitches: 60-65 cms (23½ - 25½ ins).

When hand-stripped, the Giant Schnauzer has a harsh, wiry outer coat and dense, soft undercoat. Coat color is either black or salt and pepper (grey). When moving at a fast trot, a properly built Giant Schnauzer will single-track. Back remains strong, firm, and flat.

Character/Temperament

Giant Schnauzers are very loyal and intelligent dogs. They often become so attached to their owner that they follow them around the house.

Breed Health

Arthritis can occur in shoulders or hips. Other health problems in the breed include autoimmune diseases, epilepsy and hip dysplasia. Llife expectancy is about 11 or 12 years.

Exercise

Like most large breeds, the Giant Schnauzer needs a fair amount of exercise.

Training

The Giant Schnauzer is a large, powerful, dominant dog which needs a firm, consistent but friendly handler. Unnecessary harshness will only do harm. Early and consistent training is necessary as the Giant Schnauzer tends to be very willful. Its ability to understand a command does not always translate into obedience.

 

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