Giant Schnauzer

Breed History

Giant Schnauzer puppy

Giant Schnauzer is the largest version of the Schnauzer breed. Not a giant but they’re a large, big bone, intelligent working dog with a large frame showcasing cropped ears and a docked tail.

Three types of Schnauzers are miniature, standard, and giant. Miniature is the most popular, giant is the second most, and the standard is the least popular of the three.

Different breed standards for each size because they all have different dogs crossbreeding to get different sizes. Doberman Pinscher and Great Dane were one of the dogs that were in use, but it is hard to tell from the appearance. Truth about which breeds were in use is that we don’t know what breeds were in use.

Coming from Germany they are a relatively new breed in comparison to others. Around the 19th century, or 1800’s, is the first time the Giant Schnauzer become a member of world history.

Farm dog is what they were using the Giant Schnauzer for early in their existence. Cattle herding and other activities were given to these dogs as jobs. They made an excellent working breed for their ability to work in different places of the farms.

At some point in history they became Police Dogs due to their size and intelligence. Local police units knew they could use this dog’s talent to solve problems in the communities in Germany.

A lot of energy and once you own one of these dogs you know they are burning for a job to do. When farming became more commercial this farm dog lost its job and now is exclusively a pet for dog owners.

Registration

Each type of Schnauzer came to America at different times, but we will start from first to last. Receiving recognition from the America Kennel Club came over a period of a few decades for each type. In 1904 standard, 1926 for the miniature, 1930 for the giant type.

Giant Schnauzers Ranks in the top 80 every year which is high because the AKC has around 200 dogs. Working group or utility dog groups from all major kennel clubs around the world.

Popularity in different areas are because of their distinct looks and the movie or TV shows you have seen them on.

Here are the kennel clubs and the breed standards from the major kennel clubs.

Size

Male Height: 25-27 inches

Female Height: 23-25 inches

Male Weight: 60-85 pounds

Female Weight: 55-75 pounds

Boy dogs are significantly bigger than the girl dogs. You will notice that the boys are taller and more massive than any females from this breed.

Litter Size

6 puppies is the average litter size for this dog. There are no known issues for the mother when giving birth. Breeders should be aware of how many puppies they should prepare just in case of emergency.

Types of Schnauzers

Miniature Schnauzer – is the smallest of all the Schnauzers and are the perfect lap dog.

Standard Schnauzer – the original size for this breed and is the least popular.

Giant Schnauzer – is the second most popular and the biggest out of all of the sizes, although it isn’t a giant.

Colors

  • Black
  • Pepper and Salt
  • Black and Tan
  • Fawn

Any other color is a disqualification and should not be something you should look to buy.

Price

$1,000-$5,000 is the average price and that is because of a wide variety of factors. Price, country, location, champion bloodline, quality, supply, demand and many other areas.

Buying a dog with papers will ensure that the quality of the puppy is the highest standard. Buyers should also make sure they are knowledgeable about the colors and breed standard before purchasing.

Without papers you can expect a lower quality of dog that may have some crossbreeding in their history. Doing should be done with caution and remember you will not know any part of the dog’s history other the parents who may or may not be on site when you go to buy.

Grooming

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brushing the dog should happen on a regular basis consisting of a few times weekly. Attention to detail will always provide the dog with a healthy and memorable coat.

Combing needs to happen multiple times per week as well. From the skin outwards is the best way because of how dense the coat is in some areas and coarse in another.

Bathe the dog at least once per month. Some people choose to do it in a way that fits their schedule because they are busy people. Others will do it when the dog is dirty only. Choice is yours.

Ears can sustain multiple ear infections over the years. Cleaning them once a week and bare minimum once a month will prevent the ears from getting dirty and infected.

Nails should be trim when exercising, which is something we recommend. If you don’t exercise, which we don’t recommend, then cut the nails with clippers.

Professional help is something we recommend due to the haircuts the dog should receive. Every 5 to 6 weeks you will need to take them to the vet.

Life Span

12-15 years is the average lifespan for this dog. That’s a long time for any dog to live. The senior life shelf for this dog is very long. Take the time to exercise and train while the dog is young or right away if you get them as an adult and enjoy a long life with a dog that has the proper outlet and training.

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – hips are something that should get an examination when the dog is 24 months old. When you see the dog favoring a certain leg or doesn’t want to exercise you should get an examination from the vet.

CERF – eye exam that is done by an Ophthalmologists that will be done at a special clinic. OFA doesn’t recommend this dog, but their Kennel Club is recommending this examination be done at some point in their life.

Thyroid – Thyroid location is in the throat area and is an important gland in the neck area. Dogs will most likely have hypothyroidism and any other disease in this area will be rare. You will likely see weight gain, hair loss and many other symptoms that are unusual.

Breed Group

Proud member of the Working Group. Working group is a group of dogs that are known for working in multiple capacities for many centuries. Assistance from these dogs made it easier for human to do things that they either couldn’t perform, or it would have been hard to perform.

Some of the most popular dogs today are from this group and most of them still perform many tasks for humans. Intelligence and a high motor are one of the characteristics you will find in each dog.

Here are some of the dogs in this breed group

Exercise Needs

Very active dog that needs a lot of exercise. Making sure you provide a solid outlet for this dog will be the most important part of the training. Dogs will misbehave when they are not receiving enough exercise. The dog will start exercising themselves through bad behavior.

Bad behavior can be a lot of different things. If you’re experiencing excessive barking, howling, chewing up items, over excitement and many more all of this is telling you one thing. Look at this as the dog communicating that they need exercise and you should give it to them right away.

Once they reach this point increasing the exercise will help you tremendously. Behavior of this kind will slowly start to decrease. When it goes away you have found the perfect balance of exercise to good behavior ratio.

Good behavior is the next destination. To keep the behavior a this point you must continue the exercise. Soon as people understand the direct relationship the sooner, they will be able to manipulate the dog’s behavior.

Here is a general guideline

Morning: Hour (run, walk, or treadmill)

Evening: Hour (run, walk, or treadmill)

Young dogs will need two sessions per day to get maximum results. When we exercise once it can work for some dogs but when dogs continue to exhibit bad behavior doing it twice will solve the problem.

Adult dogs will get exercise and it will be harder to recover and the good behavior will last longer than the younger puppy.

Senior dogs are going to end up being the lowest maintenance. Recovery times are even longer, and one session will be the usual.

Making this commitment should be the deciding factor on if you want to get a dog or not.

Training

  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every home should be built on a solid foundation. There is no foundation more solid than daily exercise. Taking them out in the morning and at night for at least 45 minutes each time will produce the results most people are looking for when they call me. Try this method out for two months and not only will the dog change a little bit, but you won’t recognize them. Spending the bulk of your time with daily exercise should be something you expect to happen.

Commands are a much smaller part of the program. Teaching them to sit and lay will not make them behave better and it doesn’t lower the dog’s energy levels. Main thing you want to remember is that the dog needs a lot of repetition but will learn basic commands in a few days at the most. Lastly, dogs will learn body language first and then they will learn voice commands.

Socializing the dog will be an easier and smoother transition when the dog gets the proper outlet. Don’t take the dog to socialize and exercise. Either exercise them or socialize them after exercise. Always give them a long session the night before and the morning of the socializing to ensure of good behavior. Another thing you must consider is that other people will make the wrong decision to so called “exercise” at the dog park. So, you dog needs to be twice as good.

Lastly, correcting is something natural that must happen. You will correct everything at first and slowly the dog will learn the rules and never need get a correct. When done correctly it will become a rare occasion when it does happen.

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