The Giant Schnauzer: A Loyal and Protective Dog Breed
Originating in Germany during the 17th century, the Giant Schnauzer was originally bred as a cattle driving dog. Later on, they were used by police departments for their impressive strength and intimidating appearance.
Standing at an average height of 25-28 inches (63-71 cm) tall, and weighing around 60 to 80 pounds (27 to 36 kg), Giant Schnauzers are muscular dogs with a distinctive black or salt-and-pepper colored coat. Their fur is wiry, thick and provides excellent insulation from all weather types. The most common eye color is brown while blue or green eyes may also be present.
Giant schnauzers can best be described as intelligent, alert dogs with great self-confidence and courage. They are fiercely loyal towards their owners making them great guard dogs but may come across as aloof towards strangers until properly introduced. Being energetic working breeds having both herding instincts combined with prey drive; it’s important that these mental needs are satisfied through either regular training sessions or exercise routines which keep them both physically fit mentally stimulated.
Giant schnauzers have a lifespan between ten to twelve years on average, however certain health problems like hip dysplasia can occur over time if not addressed early on through routine checkups done by your local veterinarian hospital for pets.
Being highly active breed type means this dog requires lots of exercises such as daily walks paired up with outdoor activities ranging from fetch games & obedience classes taught alongside its owner – playing off-leash Frisbee games when permitted so long there’s enough space available without interference from others nearby park-goers/animals too should always get attention paid accordingly!
Special Grooming Needs
With their distinctive double-layered coats it’s essential that grooming becomes part of routine care due to possible tangles that might build up if left neglected. They should be brushed at least once per week for a healthy coat, with special attention paid to areas around the ears and face where matting may occur more frequently. It’s recommended that trimming of the fur is done every few months using scissors, though some owners opt for clippers which are less time-consuming but require more skill.
Giant schnauzers have great potential when it comes to obedience training because they’re highly intelligent. Basic commands such as sit, stay or come can easily be taught through reward-based methods involving treats, toys and praises whenever positive behavior is observed/acknowledged by its owner so take into consideration these friendly interaction behaviors.
Compatibility with Children/Pets
Although Giant Schnauzers were originally bred as guard dogs and cattle drovers; they get along well with children. However, due to their herding instinct around small children especially active ones; supervision from adults becomes important to ensure playtime remains safe within boundaries set prior.
The breed possesses high intelligence paired up with protectiveness traits resulting in intense loyalty towards their owners who show them affection regularly – however this sometimes also translates into anxious behavior when kept alone without their family members closeby too long period hence importance of not leaving them isolated over lengthy periods.
Some notable movies showcasing Giant Schnauzer roles include “Down Periscope,” 1976 film called ‘Boxcar Bertha’, 1982’s movie named ‘Best Friends’; while modern times TV shows like Stumptown & Bosch showcase breed talents alongside its owner-trainer on screen work activities being highlighted as part of storyline growths. In addition; Former US President George W Bush had a beloved pet Giant Schnauzer named Barney during his time in office whose popularity has led the way for other official’s pets alike running/hiking trails across America too!