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Giant Schnauzer

Also known as: Riesenschnauzer

Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Cattle and driving dog, also guard dog.

AKC recognized: 1930
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: 70 to 100 lbs
Size: Height: males 25½ to 27½ inches; females 23½ to 25½ inches
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Color: Solid black or pepper and salt, with a dark facial mask.

General characteristics/temperament: The Giant Schnauzer is active, sturdy, alert, intelligent, courageous, playful, and loyal. They are highly trainable and make a devoted companion as well as a powerful and enduring working dog. They are naturally protective, and can be good with children if properly trained and socialized. However, because they are big and powerful dogs, they can easily injure a small child accidentally. They are a high-energy breed, and can become very destructive if not given enough exercise.

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Good with children? Yes with older children.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, carting, Schutzhund

Exercise requirement: Vigorous exercise required at least twice every day.

Grooming requirement: They are light shedders, and regular grooming will help minimize the shedding. A complete hand-stripping or plucking is required periodically for show dogs. Many pet owners opt to clip the coat with a clipper instead of hand-stripping it. Using clippers may soften the texture of the coat (a disqualification for show dogs), but is less time-consuming than hand-stripping.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, autoimmunie diseases, epilepsy, cancer.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Giant Schnauzer (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Barbara J. Andrews and Isabelle Francais
Published in 2005
154 pages

Giant Schnauzers
By Joe Stahlkuppe
Published in 2002
96 pages

Giant Schnauzers
By Arthur S. Lockley
Published in 1993
192 pages

The World of Schnauzers: Standard, Giant, Miniature
By Johan Gallant
Published in 1996
204 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Giant Schnauzer Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Giant Schnauzer Rescue

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