Schnauzer Giant

The Giant Schnauzer is a big, powerful dog with a strong, rectangular head. With oval eyes and high-set ears they can look quite noble. Sturdy and muscular, they have a unique appearance, whose size and stature can be intimidating to begin with. However, the Giant Schnauzer is a loyal canine who responds well to a calm but strict owner.

Other Names
Riesenschnauzer
Country of Origin
Germany
Colour
Salt and pepper, a grey and white, black and silver, solid black and occasionally white only.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Height 65-70cms at the withers and weigh 45.5kgs. Bitches 60-65cms and weigh 41kgs.
Health
The most comma issue with Giants are concerns over the temperament and hip dysplasia. Responsible breeding and screening has helped but there are still bone and joint issues in the growing dog, bloat from their broad chests, eye problems and the skin issues common to all the Schnauzers.
Life Span
10–12 years
Intelligence
Intelligent and loyal, the Giant needs to know who is pack leader. You and anyone else living with the dog needs to exert leadership status. Training needs to be consistent. Show your Giant who's boss and you'll have a companion for life.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The Schnauzer is a fairly undemanding dog feeding wise, they will happily eat wet or dry food and will need to be fed enough to fuel their big and active bodies.

Feeding Cost
$20+ p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
They will need long walks and room to run. As a working dog they like to have a task to do, guarding and territorial behaviours can take over when they are not active and occupied. This isn't the dog for you if you can't put in the time needed to keep them active and busy.
Ailments
The most comma issue with Giants are concerns over the temperament and hip dysplasia. Responsible breeding and screening has helped but there are still bone and joint issues in the growing dog, bloat from their broad chests, eye problems and the skin issues common to all the Schnauzers.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The wiry coat of the Giant Schnauzer is short with a dense undercoat, but pretty easy to groom. Matting can occur if your dog is not brushed or combed once a week.Clipping is required apx 4 times a year. Trim around the eyes and ears and give its whiskers a clean after dinner time.

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
Occasional
Originating from Wurttenberg and Bavaria (Germany) where this breed is called "Riesenschnauzer"—meaning "The Giant". Originally used to herd cattle, it was later called upon as a guard dog by the police and military.


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