Giant Schnauzer

Temperament:

Temperamental, Devoted, Intelligent
Size: Large
Height: 60-70 cm
Weight: 35-45 kg
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Coat: Medium Hair
Colors: Black, iron gray to silver gray
FCI Group: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

My four-legged family member - the giant schnauzer! Surely, this thought triggers a thoroughly queasy feeling in everyone. Moreover, the words "schnauzer" and "giant" do not sound very comfortable either. But no fear! Packaging and content rarely match. In short, under the hard shell of the dog usually reveals a soft core!

Giant Schnauzer
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Characteristics

The large fellow has a strong stature with a shoulder height (height at withers) of 60 to 70 centimeters. His stately weight is between 35 and 45 kilograms. Due to these dimensions, he appears extremely dominant at first sight. However, the rascal is rather loyal and affectionate and shows this behavior also towards master or mistress.

Giant Schnauzer likes his pack family and especially children. Romping with the smallest of his pack bring variety and action. This is a highlight for the Wusel and means pure happiness for him. While playing with the minis, he acts as a sentry by the way. The compact animal acts completely instinctively according to the hierarchy.

His intuition tells him that within the pack the little ones are always inferior and need special protection. He takes over this function without instruction. Even friends are often left behind and growled at as intruders.

The high endurance and physical robustness allow the pedigree dog valuable tasks. Your dog not only guards house and garden property. He also helps in the detection of explosives and narcotics. Even in plane crashes or earthquakes, the faithful animal comes into play.

The urge to move of a Giant Schnauzer should not be underestimated. He can only endure a leisurely pace during walks or strolls for a short time. After that, your dog needs the opportunity to let off steam. For this reason, the spirited rogue rather fits into a sporty family.

With enthusiasm, the four-legged friend accompanies his boss when jogging, riding or cycling. The rascal is also happy about extended walks, in which he can dash across meadows and fields.

But before the bundle of energy can move in with you, check your time budget! The giant needs people who lovingly care for him and do a lot with him. The life expectancy is about ten to a maximum of fourteen years.

Occurring health complaints often affect the musculoskeletal system. These include knee diseases, bone tumors or cartilage defects. Giants are only rarely affected by hip dysplasia. However, they are prone to metabolic diseases and problems with the thyroid gland.

The education of these animals is the task of experienced dog connoisseurs. The strength and size of a giant schnauzer should not be underestimated. They pose clear dangers for novice dogs. Otherwise, large Schnauzer is a balanced and benign dog. He is absolutely faithful to his owner.

Coat care:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Shedding:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Energy level:

Little
Medium
High

Trainability:

Little
Medium
Good

Children suitable:

Less
With supervision
Perfect

The right food

A high age stands and falls with a balanced diet. At the same time, the amount of food is also of crucial importance. Giant Schnauzers often tend to be overweight. Therefore, you should adjust the portions to the age and weight of your dog. At the same time, your four-legged friend also likes variety on the plate!

Ideally, the four-legged friend receives plenty of fresh food. These include, for example:

Beef, veal, lamb, turkey or chicken

Heart, liver, stomach, kidneys, thighs, rumen

Vegetables and east (for the delicate digestive system always in pureed state).

Wet and dry food

Dog snacks, chewing bones (only rarely as treats)

Food leftovers from masters and mistresses plates are absolutely taboo! They often lead to digestive problems. A drinking bowl with fresh water must be available around the clock!

Giant schnauzer care

Grooming of the Giant Schnauzer requires increased effort. The big rogue has a firm, almost wiry coat with a soft undercoat. This rough-coated coat must be trimmed approximately every three to four months. A special trimming brush makes the work easier. The dead hair is removed completely with the root. Do not be afraid! The procedure is completely painless for your pet.

Trimming provides better blood circulation in the skin. It stimulates the skin metabolism. This results in a shiny colored and strong hair structure. With the usual shearing method, the hair root is preserved. However, the coat density increases, which prevents sufficient oxygen supply to the skin.

With increasing matting develop severe itching and, in the worst case, open wounds. This does not have to be! If you feel unsure about trimming, a groomer can also be helpful.

Otherwise, you need to comb and brush your pet's coat every day. This not only ensures optimal detangling of the wiry coat. It also serves to relax and brings your four-legged bundle of energy to rest.

The bearded speedster belongs to the non-hairy breeds and is therefore particularly suitable for allergy sufferers.

Suitable accessories

Not only leash, harness, food and water bowl, dog blanket belong to the basic equipment.

To satisfy Wuffi's curiosity, the crook needs dog toys as well.

Toys that are constantly present will eventually become boring. For this reason, you need to provide replacement at certain intervals.

For example, cuddly soft plush toys are very popular. These contain a quiet squeaker. The sounds are only perceptible to your darling. By the way, the toy can be perfectly integrated into the education of your puppy. In addition, the chewing ropes support teething and at the same time help with dental care.

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Origin & History

The Giant Schnauzer belongs to the Pinscher and Schnauzer family. There are references to his ancestors, which go back to the year 1850. At that time, Hungarian shepherds drove their herds to southern Germany with the help of dogs. The quadrupeds resembled the giant schnauzer known today.

The four-legged friend was especially popular with farmers in southern Germany. Even the brewers appreciated his services. They put the four-legged friend next to the brewery carriages as a security guard. The nickname "Bierschnauzer" comes from this time.

From 1925 the Giant Schnauzer was officially recognized as a service and police dog. He still carries this designation today.

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