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Giant Schnauzer

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Is the Giant Schnauzer right for you?

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Other name(s): Riesenschnauzer; Russian Bear Schnauzer; Munich Schnauzer

The basics:
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.

wonderful

big baby, formidable guard dog, smart dog

interesting

giant dog body, fairly low maintenance, natural hair style

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