giant schnauzerhe Giant Schnauzer is one of the three Schnauzer breeds. It is widely considered a perfect family pet because of its loyalty, intelligence and courageousness. It is very easy to train and has a rugged look and a watchful eye.

Breed Origin

Giant Schnauzers originate from Germany in the regions of Bavaria and Württemberg. The Schnauzer family is divided into three – the miniature schnauzer, the standard schnauzers and the giant schnauzer. The standard schnauzer is considered to the "original" and have been around since 1492.

The giant schnauzer was developed by breeding the standard schnauzers with bigger dog breeds such as the Great Dane and rough haired sheepdogs. It was even thought that the Giant Schnauzer maybe related to the Bouvier des Flandres. They became a popular herding breeda and were eventually used to guard breweries and stockyards.

Before 1910, giant schnauzers were only known within Germany. But during the war they gained popularity and were used as police dogs and messengers. Today the giant schnauzer is still a popular dog breed and are still used as police and guard dog.

Appearance and Size

The giant schnauzers head is strong and almost rectangular. Its skin is wrinkled and its cheeks are flat. It has a strong and full black nose, a black tight mouth and short, pointy ears. Its eyes are brown, medium sized, deep set and tighty lidded. A strong, well-arched neck and compact and strong body. It has a wiry outer coat and and a dense, soft undercoat.

Giant Schnauzers are usually black or Grey (Salt and Pepper). They weigh about 70-99 lbs. (32-45 kg) and stand 23.5 – 27.5 in. (59-70 cm). It has a single-tarck gait when moving fast while its back remains strong, firm and flat. Their tails are usually docked up to the second joint, but are otherwise set moderately high.

Personality

The giant schnauzer has a sound temperament. It is both alert and composed. Very loyal, sound and relaible, the giant schnauzers is deeply loyal and playful. It is friendly when relaxed but is a commanding figure when aroused.

Giant Schnauzers need vigorous exercise at least twice a day. Because they are highly intelligent dogs, they have a tendency to get easily bored. A giant schnauzer should not be left alone for lengthy periods of time because they are prone to develop destructiveness.

Home and Relations

Giant Schnauzers are loving to the people they know. They are tolerant of children but wary of strangers. They will protect the family and alert their owners of the presence of intruders. They are quite independent and do not handle harsh training or reprimand well.

Whem training a giant schnauzer, as with any other dog, positive reinforcement should be used. Giant schnauzers should be trained early how to properly socialize, otherwise, they might grow to be aggressive.

Health and Grooming

because of their wiry coat, frequent grooming and clipping is necessary. Regular visits to a groomer may also be a good idea, especially in maintaining classic facial appearance.

Giant schnauzers are normally healthy dogs. However, some are reported to have suferred from the following:

  • Autoimmune diseases such as:

    • hypothyroidism – thyroid glands produce insufficient amount of thyroid hormones that can lead to various illnesses.

    • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia – a disease where the body attacks its own red blood cells leading to hemolysis or destruction of the red blood cells.

    • Crohn’s disease – an inflammatory bowel disease which affects any part of the digestive system from mouth to anus.

  • Epilepsy – characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures.
  • Incontinence – lack of control of exretory functions.
  • Toe Cancer
  • Gastric torsion or bloat – a condition which is associated with the stomach
  • Atopy – a skin disease caused by an allergic reaction to substances in the environment.
  • Melanoma – a tumor that forms in the melanocytes or cells in the bottom layer of the epidermis and the middle layer of the uvea.
  • Lipomas – benign fatty tumors in the under the skin of the subcutaneous tissue.
  • Hip dysplasia – happens when the hip is malformed and results in pain, arthritis and lameness.