Schnauzer (Giant)

A.K.A. : Munich Schnauze, Munchener, Russian Bear Schnauzer
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Overview: The Giant Schnauzer is often used as a police dog, as this is a strong and intelligent breed. They show great loyalty to their owners and trainers, serving as obedient and affectionate companions and workers.
Breed Group: Working
Weight (lbs): 65-90
Height (in): male: 25-27, female: 23-25
Colors: Solid black or pepper and salt.
Coat: Hard, wiry, very dense, with a soft undercoat. Harsh beard and eyebrows - its hallmark.
Character: Giant Schnauzers are very alert and watchful, though they have a tendency to wander. These dogs bond closely to their family.
Temperament: The playful, rambunctious Giant Schnauzer is very good with children in its own family. It is bold and protective of its family and reserved with strangers. It may be aggressive toward other dogs. This intelligent and exuberant breed is a good choice for an active person wanting a partner in adventure, although at times the Giant may try to be the leader.
Care: Its harsh coat needs combing once or twice weekly, plus shaping two to four times yearly. Shaping is best done by professional scissoring and hand -stripping, but clipping is acceptable for pets.
Training: This breed requires consistent and fair training. He has his own agenda, so may not obey all commands. Patience is required.
Activity: The Giant Schnauzer needs lots of outdoor exercise.
Country of Origin: Germany
Health Issue: Major concern: CHD (Canine hip dysplasia). Minor concerns: OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans), gastric torsion.
Life Expectancy: 10-12
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