Giant Schnauzer: dog food and breed portrait
The giant schnauzer is a large dog from Germany. The breed is one of the recognized service dog breeds and is listed by the FCI in group 2, section 1 (Pinscher and Schnauzer).
The Giant Schnauzer is characterized by physical robustness and a courageous and reliable character. Although he can appear a little stubborn at times, the Giant Schnauzer is also suitable as a family and companion dog.
History of the Giant Schnauzer
The giant schnauzer originally comes from the south of Germany. There he was already kept as a watch and herding dog in the 19th century. In addition, he was also used as a guard dog for the defence of carriages.
At that time the Giant Schnauzer was not yet recognized as an independent breed, but was instead counted among the Pinschers.
This changed only at the beginning of the 20th century. Since 1913 the Giant Schnauzer is officially distinguished as a separate breed. The official recognition as a service dog breed finally followed in 1925.
Due to its extraordinary performance and reliable character, the Giant Schnauzer has always had the reputation of being an excellent working dog. Apart from this, he has also developed into a popular family dog.
Characteristics of the Giant Schnauzer
The giant schnauzer is a large dog that reaches a height of 60 to 70 centimetres at the withers. Its body weight ranges from 35 to 47 kilos. Although the breed standard does not differentiate between females and males, female Giant Schnauzers are usually somewhat smaller and lighter than their male counterparts.
The general appearance of the Giant Schnauzer can be described as strong and stocky. His breed standard gives him a respectable appearance.
The coat of the Giant Schnauzer may have either the colour pepper salt or black. The rough-haired dogs have a dense undercoat and medium-length, hard top coat, which lies close to the body.
Especially characteristic are the bushy eyebrows and the distinctive beard, which grows on the muzzle of the Giant Schnauzer. The coat of the giant schnauzer must be combed regularly and trimmed from time to time.
Besides the giant schnauzer there are two other types of schnauzers, the standard and the miniature schnauzer. Apart from their smaller body size, they are visually similar to the Giant Schnauzer in every detail.
Giant Schnauzer character and nature
The Giant Schnauzer is an intelligent dog that can be trained very well with the appropriate expertise. He is alert and always ready to protect his family.
Towards its owners, the faithful Giant Schnauzer shows its affectionate side, while it usually keeps aloof and distrustful towards strangers.
The education of the Giant Schnauzer can be a challenge even for experienced dog owners. Because the powerful four-legged friends occasionally have a mind of their own. In addition, they react extremely sensitively to alleged injustices.
However, if you take the trouble to invest the necessary time in education and training and show sufficient sensitivity in addition to consistency, you will get a loyal friend for life with a giant schnauzer.
Basically the giant schnauzer is also suitable for families with children. However, in the ideal case they should be a little older. Although the Giant Schnauzer is actually very fond of children, especially younger males sometimes cannot appreciate its enormous power.
Activities with the Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer is a classic working dog, which proves its high performance among other things as a police and service dog. His urge to move is correspondingly high and a small city apartment and comfortable walks do not meet his needs in any way.
Besides the training as a service dog, where he can be used for example to search for narcotics or explosives, the Giant Schnauzer can also be used as a guide dog for the blind.
If it is not used as a utility dog, the Giant Schnauzer absolutely needs an active owner, who can direct his temperament and his eagerness to work with suitable alternatives. For this purpose, in addition to training as a protection dog, dog sport is also very suitable. There the giant schnauzer proves to be willing to learn and persevering.
Among others, the following sports are possible for the Giant Schnauzer:
With particularly large and heavy giant schnauzers, however, it is advisable to avoid agility in order to avoid overloading the musculoskeletal system and associated complaints.
Giant Schnauzer diseases
The life expectancy of the giant schnauzer is usually 10 to 12 years. He is considered a robust and efficient dog. Nevertheless, there are a number of diseases to which this breed is unfortunately more susceptible and which owners should therefore be aware of.
In addition to an underfunction of the thyroid gland, these include cancers such as claw cancer. Furthermore, the Giant Schnauzer, like many large breeds, is at a certain risk of suffering from hip and elbow dysplasia.
Furthermore, in some cases epilepsy can also occur in dogs. Apart from this, owners should also keep the topic of stomach twisting in mind when buying a Giant Schnauzer. After all, twisted stomachs are quite common in larger dogs and often end deadly.
The correct nutrition of the Giant Schnauzer
To support health and performance optimally, it is important to feed the giant schnauzer according to its needs. A cold-pressed dry food with a high meat content provides him with sufficient animal protein and at the same time helps to reduce the risk of stomach rotation.
We also recommend supplementing the diet of active dogs with Bellfor Fitness Powder. Bellfor Fitness Powder is our natural protein powder for sport and working dogs with insect protein, dried banana and chia seeds. In view of the comparatively high risk of suffering from elbow and hip dysplasia, it is also advisable to protect the joints of the giant schnauzer at a young age.
For this purpose you will find the ideal nutritional supplement in our Bellfor Joints & Bones range. The innovative active ingredient complex Ovopet provides the musculoskeletal system of your giant schnauzer with numerous important nutrients to support the normal function of the joints in the long term.