Virtually non-shedding, the dense, wiry coat does require regular brushing, trimming, and clipping.
Despite his name, the Giant Schnauzer is not a giant breed, but simply a larger and more powerful version of the Standard Schnauzer. An active and spirited dog, his sound, reliable temperament, rugged build, and dense weather-resistant wiry coat make him one of the most useful, powerful, and enduring working breeds. His coat, including the beard and eyebrows that are the Schnauzer hallmark, is solid black or salt and pepper.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Giant Schnauzer is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The breed requires regular grooming, including brushing and stripping, so owners should be prepared to spend time maintaining the breed's coat beyond the weekly brushing and the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
These magnificent animals have lots going for them: beauty, brains, trainability, athleticism, profound loyalty, work ethic. But, and this is a big “but”: The Giant is a “high-energy, protective, territorial guard dog,” says a prominent breed fancier. “It’s not for the casual owner.” Giants do best with fenced-in running room, regular exercise, and a job to do (such as guarding, carting, agility, or obedience). We recommend Giants for experienced dog owners looking to trade up to the Mercedes-Benz of working dogs.
Giant Schnauzer &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and autoimmune thyroiditis. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Giant Schnauzers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Giant Schnauzer can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.