Giant Schnauzer
Alemania FCI 181 - Pinscher and Schnauzer.

Schnauzer Gigante

The Giant Schnauzer is a balanced dog, sweet with children and distrustful with strangers.



The Giant Schnauzer It is a large and compact dog breed, a native of Germany. Oldest, lover of water and active, It is one of the three varieties of Schnauzer.

The Schnauzer breed in its three varieties, It has very old and common to the Terrier origins (of those who descend).

Y, Although the aires were very Terrier, then the breeding and selection of the Schnauzer breed focused especially on the guard and the defence.

In works (prints, pictures, drawings...) at the end of the 15th century were already represented characteristics very similar to the current Schnauzer dogs, along with horses and stagecoaches.

Giant Schnauzer, in special, appears the documents described in 1832 making reference to cattle and horse farms located in the region of Bavaria (also known as, Highlands of Germany...), in that area the Giant Schnauzer called it "Oberländer".

Anyway until the year 1923 not an official standard of the breed was drafted. Since then, they began to develop the breed, and experts say that the giant variety descended (like the thumbnail) the Standard Schnauzer.

After the first world war, the population of Giant Schnauzer was significantly reduced, due to the disasters of war and that the soldiers used in their battles and were very loyal to that they preferred to die with their masters.

But in the history of almost any breed of dog there is a Savior..., and in this case it was a farm called Kinzigtal, (c) property. Clalaminus who contributed to the restoration of the breed.

It was in this cattery where were the crosses with other dog breeds which resulted in the dominant black Schnauzer. But while there are people who adventure were the intervening races at the crossroads, is something that is really unknown.

Physical characteristics

The fur of the Giant Schnauzer is smooth and dense. Usually, the fur is black or grey color. Its average weight is of the 32 to the 45,326 kg and measured high among 59 and 68 cm.. The proper way to walk of the Giant Schnauzer is trot fast and strong.

The Giant Schnauzer is one of the dogs to guard and defence little known to the public in general, but very appreciated by the fans because there are many qualities of the breed.

Mainly used in Europe in disasters, search for drugs and safety, in the Argentina we see them in national gendarmerie, Aeronautics and, recently, in the national penitentiary service.

The Giant Schnauzer may compete in dog agility trials, go-carting, obedience, Flyball, Schutzhund, the follow-up and the raising of the events. Also, It can be trained to compete in herding trials.

Character and skills

He is an impetuous but balanced dog, with extraordinary energy. In addition to being a guardian vigilant has a good-natured character that manifests itself in the desire to play and the delicacy with which treats children.

Its ease of training, value and health of iron are qualities that make it one of the best guard dogs that exist.

It should be noted his ability and willingness of tracking that have made him the ideal dog for security agencies.

That is decided by this race will have a companion dog, always present and willing to show appreciates the, a companion joyful, playful and guardian, without fear, beings that love and its territory.

Giant Schnauzer Health

All purebred dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run away from any breeder who doesn't offer a health guarantee on puppies, to tell you that race has no known problems, or keep the cubs isolated from the main part of the home for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about the health problems of race and incidence occurring with.

The conditions that have been seen in the Giant Schnauzers include orthopedic problems like hip dysplasia, eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, cobalamin malabsorption (vitamin B-12) resulting in chronic anemia, and autoimmune thyroiditis.

Careful breeders examine their breeding dogs for genetic diseases and breed only the healthiest, best-looking specimens, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. A puppy can develop one of these diseases despite good breeding practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that in most cases dogs can still live a good life. If you are going to have a puppy, ask the breeder about the ages of the dogs in his lines and what are the most common causes of death.

Not all visits by Giant Schnauzer to the vet they are due to a genetic problem. They are one of the breeds prone to bloating, a condition in which the stomach expands with air. This can become the most serious condition, gastric torsion or gastric dilatation volvulus, if the stomach twists on itself, cutting off blood flow. Gastric torsion suddenly hits, and a dog that was fine a minute can die a few hours later. Watch for symptoms like restlessness and step, babeo, pale gums and lip licking, inability to purge and signs of pain. Gastric torsion requires immediate veterinary surgery, and most dogs that have swollen once will swell again. This means that it is prudent to opt for the procedure known as “gastric torsion”, which will prevent the stomach from twisting in the future. This procedure can also be done as a preventive measure.

Remember that after bringing a new puppy home, It has the power to protect one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keep a Giant Schnauzer with a suitable weight it is one of the easiest ways to prolong life. To take the most of preventive skills to help ensure a healthier dog for life

Giant Schnauzer Care

The distinctive aspect of Giant Schnauzer – eyebrows, thick beard, trimmed body – it's not natural. Regular grooming is essential, including brushing, bathroom, the hair cut, nail trimming and ear cleaning. Wait brush (do it yourself or hire a professional hairdresser) your dog every six to eight weeks, especially if you want to keep short coat and well defined eyebrows. Regular brushing every week between styles will keep the breed's double coat (the outer hair is thin and hard, and the soft undercoat is dense) in good condition.

Compare prices before choosing a hairdresser. The toilet of a Giant Schnauzer requires good cutting skills and scissors. Make sure the hairdresser has experience with the breed, both in terms of style and handling.

The rest are basic care. Cut nails as needed, usually every few weeks. Brush your teeth frequently for good general health and fresh breath.

Giant Schnauzer Reviews

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Giant Schnauzer” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds – Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs.
  • Section 1: Pinscher and Schnauzer type. With working trial.
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Pinscher and Schanuezer dogs. Molossian type Dogs and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. , Section 1.2: Schnauzer.
    • AKC – Working dogs
    • ANKC – Group 6 (utility dogs)
    • CKC – Group 3 – Working dogs
    • ​KC – Working dogs
    • NZKC – Utility dog
    • UKC – Guard dog

    Giant Schnauzer breed FCI standard


    Alternative names:

      1. Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Russian Bear Schnauzer (English).
      2. Schnauzer géant (French).
      3. Riesenschnauzer (German).
      4. Schnauzer gigante (Portuguese).
      5. Schnauzer oso ruso (Spanish).
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