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Schnauzer (Giant)


General Information - Schnauzer (Giant)


Group:
Utility

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-12 years

Exercise:
high

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very high

Area of Origin:
Germany

Date of Origin:
Middle Ages

Other Names:
Riesenschnauzer

Original Function:
Cattle herding, guardian



History

The Giant Schnauzer, also known as Riesenschnauzer, originated in Germany in the 1400's. Its first use was droving cattle. The breed was first exhibited at a show in Munich in 1909. The Giant Schnauzer is a powerful, muscular dog. Its height at the shoulders should match its body length, giving it a square shape when viewed in profile. It has a flat forehead, chin whiskers and a stubby mustache.

Temperament

Confident and bold, Giant Schnauzers are excellent around children, devoted and good-natured. This muscular and spirited breed requires a firm experienced trainer.

Upkeep

The Giant Schnauzer needs daily exercise and fun. Its exercise requirements can be met with vigorous games and long hikes or walks. It can live outside in temperate to cool climates, but it does best when allowed to divide its time between house and yard. Its harsh coat needs combing once or twice weekly, plus shaping two to four times yearly. Shaping is best done by professional scissoring and hand-stripping, but clipping is acceptable for pets.