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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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