August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
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lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Giant Schnauzer Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Giant Schnauzer averages 26” of muscular agility wrapped in a short weather-resistant coat of black or pepper and salt. A true working dog, the Giant Schnauzer has been used in German for police work and is a loyal, impressive guard dog.


Giant Schnauzer Puppy & Breed Information


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The Giant Schnauzer is the largest of three German schnauzer breeds, all of which took part in droving and controlling livestock. Once known as the Munchener, he handled sheep but was known as a great cattle driving dog as well as a guard dog for the butchers and breweries.


Giant Schnauzer Coat, Color, Care: The Schnauzer one-color coat is hard, wiry, and dense, laying close but not flat.  He has coarse hair on top of the head and that distinctive harsh beard and eyebrows.  He needs regular combing to pull undercoat and the beard must be washed daily but he is otherwise an easy-care breed.


Giant Schnauzer Personality: He can become overly dominant but if properly socialized and trained, he is loyal to his owner and accepting of everyone.  He gives the appearance of stolid dignity but in private, is playful and inventive with owners.  He tolerates other dogs but the Giant Schnauzer is big and best suited for families with older children.


Exercise Requirements: As a true working dog, the Giant Schnauzer requires regular work-outs to stay mentally and physically fit.  A Schnauzer deprived of his genetic heritage will become soft, fat, unhealthy as well as mentally dull or disturbed. 


Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia is common with large, fast growing breeds but can be modified by diet and proper exercise as can autoimmune problems such as hemolytic anemia. The Giant Schnauzer is said to be prone to toe cancer.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.  The Giant Schnauzer can live up to 10 to 12 years.


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Giant Schnauzer AKC Standard
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