Intelligence:The GIANT is a working dog. You will be amazed at how quickly they learn. Originally bred to serve man, they take to training very well. While your GIANT learns quickly, occasionally it uses that intelligence to figure out clever ways to avoid obeying or complying to your command. They feel they have a better idea. GIANTS can even be selective about who gives commands - obeying those from someone considered to be dominant and ignoring those from someone of lesser rankTRAINING IS MANDATORY:The results of training will be in direct proportion to the time, effort, attitude and consistency with which the GIANT is trained. Anyone seriously considering the breed must devote time to his training. Puppy Classes and Obedience Schools are a great help, so be prepared to spend time and effort. A well-trained GIANT is a proud possession! But, one ill- trained or out of control is a lawsuit in the making.Energy: ( Medium, High )ENERGETIC:The GIANT is a vigorous breed and needs lots of exercise. Their approach is often one of great force and gusto. Obviously the stronger you are, the more likely you will be able to cope with a GIANT. They need walks, playtime, or jogging. If they do not get enough exercise, they will make up their own. Running back and forth through the house with toys, chasing the kids and/or getting underfoot are some of the ways GIANTS signal their restlessness. Simply putting a GIANT "in the yard" for exercise is not enough. A GIANT PUPPY is a bundle of energy and needs plenty of exercise.If you want a GIANT, consider carefully whether you can meet the extensive requirements to keep him well and happy. YOU MUST GIVE the GIANT the NECESSARY SOCIALIZING, TRAINING, and GUIDANCE which such a dynamic dog needs to be their best. However, if the GIANT can fulfil your requirement for a protective, loyal and obedient pet and you can meet their requirements for socializing, training, exercise, grooming and above all, LOVE, we recommend the GIANT SCHNAUZER to you.ÿ
Many sources indicate that the Giant Schnauzer originated in the Bavarian Highlands and is related to large dogs know as "oberlanders" (around 1810-1830) Nothing of certainty is known of these large farm dogs. Russen Schnauzer were large dogs appearing around Munich during Russian migration to this area. During this same period of time dogs known as bierschnauzer (beer schnauzer) and Munchener (Munich) Schnauzer appeared in breweries as guard dogs both in the breweries and with the horse drawn carts.In Southern Germany there appeared at about the same time wire-haired pinscher soon to be known as the Schnauzer. The oberlanders and oversized salt and pepper standards were bred to produce a larger schnauzer-type dog. It is also widely believed that the black Great Dane and Bouvier des Flandres were in the mix of our modern day Giant. For a very detailed and interesting account of the development of the three breeds of Schnauzers, I highly recommend "The World of Giant Schnauzers" by Johan Gallant, Alpine publishers (ISBN 0-931-866-93-6).
Shedding:A healthy Giant living in a clean, healthy environment, shedding is very minimal, they shed their coats gradually over a long period of time. This is why it is important to comb the Giant?s beard daily and take a few minutes to keep the coat brushed which helps the Giant form a strong bond with its care giver.Grooming:GIANT SCHNAUZERS need regular grooming, so reserve time for this. The GIANTS you see at shows and in photos did not come that way. Hours were spent grooming and preparing them. An ungroomed dog will disappear under a mass of hair. Brushing, bathing and grooming are necessary for the dog?s overall health. Professional grooming (or complete grooming by you) is recommended at least 4 to 6 times per year, more often if you wish to have your Giant looking its best at all times.Coat & Colours:S with a European (German or "hard-coat") has a close, strong, hard and wiry overcoat with a soft, dense undercoat. GS with an American (soft, curly-coat) has longer furnishings and is not true to the original standard of the breed. Colours are black or salt and pepper. A small white mark on the chest is not a fault.
Hip dysplasia is a common concern for large breed dogs and therefore it is important to breed animals "free" or "clear" of hip dysplasia. Poor nutrition for the breed or foods which encourage "rapid" growth have adverse affects on bone development and are probably the number one cause of dysplasia, although HD is a suspected hereditary problem. Starting agility or high jumping at too early an age can also be detrimental to bone growth.To a much lesser extent, some lines may have a history of cancer, thyroid, epilepsy or gastric torsion (bloat) which may be hereditarily predisposition or may have if its roots in environmental factors such as food, food preservatives, drug related, (overdosed or wrongly prescribed medications) chemical digested (antifreeze, rat poison, chemical preservatives) blow to head or other injury may also be cause for seizures which may or may not be epileptic.Good breeders test their Giants and breed only stock free of the above to ensure their puppies have the best possible chance to a healthy and happy life. They provide advice, help and support to their puppy owners before, during and after the sale of their Giants? offspring.
Submitted by: Jeanalee Kanis, Liefhond Giant Schnauzers