Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer dog breed originates from Germany. This particular breed is characterized by its intelligence and loyalty. Physically, it stands out for its beard and eyebrows, as well as its large droopy ears.

General details

The breed has a medium size, with a weight varying between 26 and 44 kilograms, and a height ranging between 58 and 68 centimeters. The life expectancy of these dogs is between 12 and 15 years. This breed belongs to Group 3 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Terriers.

Breed history in brief

The Giant Schnauzer is a breed developed by breeders by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with other breeds, such as the Great Dane. The Giant Schnauzer appeared around 1800 in Germany and the Bavarian Alps. Cattle breeders developed this breed because they needed a larger breed that could herd cattle more efficiently and this breed fulfilled these needs as it excelled as a guard dog and cattle herder with a very strong coat. Later this breed came to the United States and was used in military and police work.

Breed characteristics

The Giant Schnauzer is a powerful dog with a large and muscular body. Its skull is elongated and its head lacks wrinkles, but it has a beard and eyebrows. Its large ears are droopy and its eyes are medium sized, oval and dark. Their coat is long and has a rough outer coat and a soft undercoat. The usual colors are black and pepper salt color. Giant Schnauzers have a good character, but they tend to be dominant and stubborn dogs, so we must take into account this characteristic for their education and training. With other dogs they tend to be social and with their family members they are good and loyal, so they are a good family member. These dogs require attention and companionship from the family.

Common health problems

The Giant Schnauzer breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as fetal-onset neuroaxonal dystrophy, dilated cardiomyopathy, factor VII deficiency and hyperuricosuria.

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