Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): Riesenschnauzer; Russian Bear Schnauzer; Munich Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer is believed to have been developed in the 17th century in Bavaria, Germany, possibly by crossing the Great Dane and the Bouvier des Flandres. Originally used as a herding and guard dog, this large, high energy breed is used today to guard, detect dangerous substances at airports, and for rescue work. They need to be properly socialized to make good companions, because they bowl right over the unconfident or fragile owner.
Appearance / health:
The Giant Schnauzer is a large, compact, powerful, curly-haired dog. It has hairy eyebrows, whiskers and a beard. The head is strong, rectangular with a blunt muzzle. The body is as long as it is tall. The legs are long, straight, and strong. The eyes are dark brown and oval. The neck is moderately long, broad, and muscular. The ears are set high, pointed at their tips, and carried upright when alert. The tail may be docked or slightly long. The long tail is carried over the back sickle-like.
The Giant Schnauzer sheds very little hair or none at all. Regular brushing with a slicker brush and regular combing are necessary to prevent matting and remove dead hair. Regular or occasional bathing does not damage the Schnauzer's coat. The whiskers need to be cleaned after meals. Knots in the coat require regular clipping.
Giant Schnauzers are large working dogs that require moderate amounts of daily exercise. Play sessions, free running in a fenced yard, and daily walks are sufficient to keep them active.
The Giant Schnauzer may be prone to hip dysplasia (an inherent disease in which hip joints are displaced causing crippling lameness), arthritis (disease in which joints are damaged causing inability of movement), cancer (especially toe cancer), epilepsy (a nervous disorder marked by unprovoked and recurrent seizures), and bloat.
Behavior / temperament:
The Giant Schnauzer has a mind of its own. Without proper training, it can become difficult to control. It can also be reserved with strangers. With family though, the Schnauzer is very loving. It likes to be in human company and does not like to be left alone. It may become bored and destructive if left alone to its own device for too long.
The Giant Schnauzer is intelligent and has an eager-to-learn attitude but can be stubborn. Firm and consistent training started early brings out the best results. Rewarding the dog adequately makes the training more easy and fruitful.
The Giant Schnauzer is a noisy breed. It loves to bark relentlessly and loudly, especially when it encounters something out of the ordinary.
big baby, formidable guard dog, smart dog
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Bessi my childhood best friend
My Dad purchased Bessi as a puppy from a hobby breeder when i was about 6 years old. First time we went for a walk crazy Bessi ran through my legs and knocked me over, I was not happy, but it was all downhill from there. We took Bessi to a dog club every week where we trained her. At the club were always lots of families with their dogs so she was socialized right away with other dogs and people. She received obedience training which I enjoyed immensely, primarily because soon I was able to walk Bessi all by myself, first with a leash and later without a leash and even alongside me riding my bike. Bessi was a very smart, gentle and patient dog. She tolerated and even seemed to enjoy getting dressed her up in clothes or having every part of her body measured. Why would I measure every part of her body? Don't ask, I was a child and she loved all the attention I gave her. Bessi liked being surrounded by her family. She was also trained in Agility and Schutzhund training, as I remember my dad dressing up and pretending to attack my mother as she was walking Bessi to see how she would react. Bessi was fierce when it came to protecting her family. She was a great guard dog, letting us know when someone would come to the house or property. She loved walks, liked all kinds of weather and wasn't afraid to go for a swim. She was also not afraid of loud noises, which was tested during some of the training sessions. We groomed Bessi ourselves at home, which I remember doing all by myself by about 9-10 years old. I have many fond memories of Bessi that will be with me forever, a gentle giant, fierce when she needed to be but lovable and cuddly otherwise..
From SonjaM Jan 18 2019 9:05PM
50/50 on Effectiveness
Not only have I used this product for my own pets, but I see it leave the clinic I work in several times a day. My thoughts are always the same. How long will it be before that pet has a positive heartworm test at their routine annual exam?
Unfortunately, some products simply do not work well. Ivermectin, the main ingredient in Heartgard is simply a product that has become ineffective against heartworms. As fleas and ticks have become resistant over the years to specific products as do mosquitos.
I have noted on several occasions, but two very recently. One instance was dogs that shared the same pen both consistently on Heartgard Plus every 30 days year around. One dog was positive and the other was negative. Another instance, two female beagle littermates. Both on a very strict schedule of Heartgard as heartworm preventative. Both dogs were heartworm positive.
My dog became heartworm positive after being on Heartgard Plus and unfortunately many of the dogs that I will test at my clinic will be positive after being on Heartgard Plus every 30 days consistently year around. I do not recommend Heartgard anymore especially to those pets who spend a lot of time outside. .
From JMalone CVT 57 days ago
Clicker train your dog to go on command!
The best uses for clicker training, when you are house training, are teaching your dog to do his business on command, and teaching him to alert you that he needs to go outside.
To teach a dog to eliminate on command, it's as simple as clicking when they begin to squat and rewarding them (calmly and quietly; dogs don't really like to be startled in the middle of doing that). When you get to where you can tell they are about to squat, you add the cue by saying "Potty" or "Bathroom" or whatever word you want to use right before they squat, then clicking and rewarding when they do it.
To teach a dog to alert you to his needs, you can hang a bell on the door. Click whenever he touches it and let him outside (in this case, the reward is opening the door).
Clicker training is great for so many things, including house training!.
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