Routine Care: The Giant Schnauzer is a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She has a high prey drive, so she needs to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. Naturally a bit wary, the Giant Schnauzer can be distrustful of strangers; bond her to children early to trigger protective behaviors.
Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly. Regular stripping or clipping is also required for her wiry double coat.
Dental: Giant Schnauzers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
The Giant Schnauzer is highly spirited, obedient, and courageous. With proper exercise and socialization she is a calm family companion.
• Energetic, active, and athletic
• Protective of owners; excellent guard dog
• Easily motivated and trainable
• Confident, steady, and fearless
• Lovable, playful companion
• Trustworthy and dependable
• May have a tendency to bark excessively
• Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices
• Overprotective of family and territory if not socialized properly
• Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise
• Territorial with larger dogs, especially of the same sex
• Independent and headstrong
Whether you are considering adding a new Giant Schnauzer to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Giant Schnauzer will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Giant Schnauzer you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Giant Schnauzer could encounter:
Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia
The Giant Schnauzer is a working dog that originated in Germany in the late 1800’s. Bred to drive livestock, they eventually became excellent watchdogs. The Giant is the largest of the three Schnauzer breeds and has been extensively utilized in Germany as a guarding and police dog since World War I. They have a weather resistant coat that has a low shedding tendency if properly cared for. One of the best attributes of the Giant Schnauzer is they tend to lack “doggie” odor. The Giant Schnauzer is an alert and loyal companion that requires a strong leader and adequate exercise. They are generally a healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-12 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Giant Schnauzer shows signs of the following:
• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Bumping into objects, startles easily
• General reluctance to run or play
• Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine
• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
• Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth
• Brittle, easily breakable nails
• Urine leakage when sleeping or lying down