Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

If you’re looking for a great guard dog that also works as a companion, look no further than a Giant Schnauzer. This big dog is not only loyal, but also smart and extremely protective. Used the world over as guard and police dogs, they’re one of the most devoted breeds out there.





Size:
Males: 60-80 lbs. Females: 55-75 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
Like smaller Schnauzers, the Giant version also needs a lot of exercise to help burn off their boundless energy. Without 30-45 minute walks at least twice a day and some playtime, this breed can become destructive and get into a lot of mischief.
Mess Factor:
Shedding shouldn’t be much of an issue with Giant Schnauzers but they can get pretty dirty from digging and rolling around outdoors. Drooling might also be an problem for some.
Barking and Volume:
This breed loves to communicate with humans, so they’re not shy when it comes to barking.
Training Requirements:
Training is essential with this breed. They are large and (want to be) in charge. A private class will help to establish boundaries and a group class can be beneficial in terms of socialization. Parents must be taught to lead this dog or the Giant Schnauzer may become destructive and unruly.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: From certain cancers to epilepsy, this large breed is more prone to major health conditions than others. They can also develop eye problems like cataracts and can suffer from hip dysplasia. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Some professional grooming is necessary.
Training: Private training is essential.
Grooming Requirements:
Because Giant Schnauzers have a long dense coat, they will require regular professional upkeep (four to six times a year) along with daily brushing in order to keep their hair matt-free. It’s also important to clip out any tangles or knots. Keeping this breed’s hair clipped short, with the help of a groomer, will cut down on how much maintenance you will have to do yourself.
Kid Compatibility:
When trained properly, Giant Schnauzers can make great family dogs. Because they require socialization, it’s best to raise this breed in tandem with children.
Longevity:
12-15 years.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
A guard dog at heart, these pooches may snap at smaller animals. Leaving Schnauzers alone in an off-leash area is not advised, unless they have been well socialized with other animals.
Friendliness: Towards People
This breed can be shy around strangers and can be protective of their owners if they sense any danger or aggression. Introduce them to lots of people at a young age and they will become gentle and affectionate toward just about everyone (including strangers, children and smaller pets).
BE PREPARED FOR: A big dog that requires lots of training.


Links and Resources:
Clubs
Giant Schnauzer Cub of America
Rescue
G.I.A.N.T. Schnauzer Rescue Network
Video:
Giant Schnauzer performing tricks




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