You know those sweet, obedient, adaptable little Miniature Schnauzers? The Giant Schnauzer is not quite the same. Rather, they’re large, strong dogs with natural guarding and territorial instincts. Which isn’t to say that Giants Schnauzers don’t make excellent canine companions. They do. But there are just a few things you should know about this Working Group breed before you decide to own one.
1. Giant Schnauzers are imposing dogs.
They stand up to 27.5 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 95 pounds. Giant Schnauzers share some physical characteristics with their smaller cousins, the Miniature and Standard Schnauzers, like the harsh eyebrows and beard, as well as a keen, intelligent expression.
2. The three Schnauzer sizes are three different breeds.
Although you may think the three types are the same breed in different sizes, they’re actually three distinct AKC-recognized breeds with independent standards. They were first developed in Germany in the agrarian kingdoms of Bavaria and Wurttemberg as working farm dogs.
3. The Giant Schnauzer is a hard worker.
With their energy and intelligence, there’s no end to the jobs Giant Schnauzers can perform. Originally bred to be all-around workers, they were primarily used to drive cattle from the farm to market, for carting, and to protect the farm and family.
4. They are often employed in important jobs.
5. The Giant Schnauzer excels at dog sport competitions.
Giants have earned many titles in tracking, obedience, conformation, and more. Most recently, GCHG CH Ingebar’s Tynan Dances With Wildflowers (“Ty”) won the Working Group at the 2019 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin.
6. Giant Schnauzers are loyal and courageous guard dogs.
To them, the most important job is to protect the home and family. Giants are deeply loyal to their families and instinctively territorial. This isn’t one of those happy-go-lucky breeds that greets every visitor with a tail wag. Because they learn easily, though, you can train Giant Schnauzers to differentiate between welcome visitors and everyone else.
7. They are a high-energy breed that needs lots of exercise.
A Giant Schnauzer will enjoy long walks and jogs, playtime in a fenced yard, and learning all of those dog sports they’re so good at. Giants are excellent companions for active owners and will join them for exercise like running, hiking, and swimming.
8. Giant Schnauzers need regular grooming.
Grooming your dog is considered to be a bonding experience, so prepare to bond because the Giant Schnauzer does need regular grooming. Although he doesn’t shed large tumbleweeds of hair, he does need regular brushing. It’s important to keep his head trimmed; with those pronounced eyebrows and beard, his face can virtually disappear under a tangle of hair unless they’re kept neatly trimmed.
9. They’re among the few breeds that sports a beard.
In fact, the pronounced beard is one of the hallmarks of the breed. But it may require some extra attention around the house. That handsome beard tends to drip water or food if you don’t wipe your Giant Schnauzer’s face after they imbibe.
10. Owning a Giant can be challenging, but rewarding.
These are very large, powerful, and energetic dogs. But they’re also loyal, smart, and trainable. This makes them a great choice for owners who are willing to make the commitment and put in the work. If you’re ready for the challenges of owning a Giant Schnauzer, you’ll be rewarded with their undying devotion for the rest of their life.
Purchasing and Registering Your Giant Schnauzer
Think the imposing Giant Schnauzer is the breed for you? Check out Giant Schnauzer puppies on the AKC Marketplace.
After becoming the owner of a Giant Schnauzer, it is important to register your dog. Why? The AKC is the only purebred dog registry in the United States that maintains an investigation and inspection effort. The AKC conducts thousands of inspections each year to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of dogs and the environments in which they live.
After you register your dog. you will receive your official AKC certificate in the mail. There are many other benefits, including a complimentary first vet visit, 30 days of pet insurance, and eligibility to compete in AKC events and sports.
Giant Schnauzer Products You May Like:
Your actual Giant may not be carting everything, but this sturdy cotton canvas tote will. It’s got a sharp breed image and is generously sized, just like your dog. Price: $25
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