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Also known as: Riesenschnauzer
Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Cattle and driving dog, also guard dog.
AKC recognized: 1930
AKC group: Working
Weight: 70 to 100 lbs
Size: Height: males 25½ to 27½ inches;
females 23½ to 25½ inches
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Solid black or pepper and salt, with a dark facial mask.
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.
Good with children?
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Yes with older children.
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Easy to train?
Good jogging partner?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, agility, carting, Schutzhund
Vigorous exercise required at least twice every day.
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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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Giant Schnauzer Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Giant Schnauzer Rescue