Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer - the most serious and largest of the schnauzer family. This breed with a rich history, its representatives have amazing abilities and rather formidable appearance. They can be both service dogs and family companions. What are the features of the breed and what should future owners know.


Breed history

The history of this breed is estimated in many centuries, however, the researchers were not able to fully trace all its segments. But it is known that the ancestors of modern schnauzers were divorced in the southern part of Germany, as well as in the Austrian and Swiss lands. Here they were ordinary rural animals, which were used for various needs. They were assistants to herders in the Alps - guarded, accompanied by cargo and drove the cattle. It is assumed that they were previously used as herding dogs a giant schnauzer with a red collar

The exact origin of these dogs is still shrouded in mystery, and it has not yet been clarified whether there is a genealogical unity between rizenes and mitters . It is also unclear which breeds are the progenitors of Giant Schnauzers, but everything indicates their close relationship with the Pinschers. At the end of the 19th century, when breeders began purposefully to breed Giant Schnauzers, representatives of the breed were practically formed.

Giant Schnauzer breed description

Giant schnauzers possess rather outstanding data. They are strong, courageous, differ in endurance and assertiveness. Due to innate distrust of others and speed of movement, representatives of this breed are successfully used as service dogs. They are also well kept in nurseries and in apartment conditions.

The dogs have developed bones and dry, well-developed muscles. The skin is elastic, tightly fitting, which does not create folds and does not hang down. The disadvantages include light or rough addition, high legs or too low are also not welcome.

The growth of males varies between 65-70 cm, females - 60-65 cm. Giant schnauzers clearly express sexual dimorphism - males are larger, their muscular corset is better developed, well-marked withers, wide chest and if you look at the ratio of body parts - more massive head. Bitch same more graceful and light. The standard describes the breed as follows:

  • Giant schnauzers have a long, proportional head, which has a not sharp, but clearly marked transition from the frontal region to the muzzle. The head has a rectangular shape, regardless of which side to look at it. A beard plays a certain role in appearance - it emphasizes the clarity of the forms, otherwise it is a disadvantage.
  • The hillock on the back of the head in dogs is noticeable The muzzle is massive, the jaws are strong, with dry, tight, pigmented lips, a pronounced large nose. The eyes are small, close to each other, the iris has a dark color. Look attentive, to strangers - wary. The owners say that by the eyes you can find out what kind of mood your pet has.
  • Ears, until recently, were stopped , in this case, they stand at a short distance, giving the dog a more formidable look. However, today this procedure is not mandatory, and giants schnauzers with triangular, hanging ears are more common.
  • The neck has a developed musculature, it is powerful and long, with a high transition to the body, which makes the whole look of the animal very aristocratic. The chest is wide, with good muscles.
  • Limbs set straight, front slightly longer than the rear. The tail most often in puppies of Giant schnauzers is stopped up to the first two vertebrae. Although today it is not mandatory.

Coat and color

The body of the Giant Schnauzer is covered with a two-layer wool coat with a dense undercoat and the top layer consisting of springy, hard hairs. They fit snugly together and curl a little on the tips. In the area of ​​the back the hair is shorter, it is more straight, but on the limbs it is elongated. The dog has a pronounced mustache, beard and thick eyebrows.

Giant schnauzers practically do not shed, but they need trimming - removal of dead hairs. There are two types of colors:

  • coal black — some white hairs are allowed; coal-black giant schnauzer
  • "Pepper with salt" - gray-silver tones - from light to steel. Such individuals have a gray undercoat, and the mask on the face is somewhat darker. giant schnauzer gray silver tone

The standard established certain requirements for the coat, the disadvantages is the lack of rigidity, excessive waviness of wool. Also important is its length and sufficient obroslost on the head and limbs.

Character of schnauz

By the service qualities of representatives of this breed can be compared with German shepherds. They are highly intelligent and easy to train. These dogs make excellent guards, companions, while with such a pet it will obviously not be a bore. They are extremely active and energetic. Experts confirm that riseny temperament more choleric.

Giant schnauzers have well developed hunter instincts, this is something owners should know. After all, seeing a small animal on a walk, a pet can start a “hunt”. Therefore, it is necessary to bring out the dog only under supervision - no self-expelled dogs, but it is necessary to monitor constantly. Often rizeny run away and get lost.

The largest representatives of schnauzers are excellent companions. They have a very strong connection with their master and are devoted to him endlessly. Possessing a colorful appearance, it’s not averse to show off in front of others, to be in the center of attention for him is an important matter.

It may seem that dogs with such a formidable appearance and dimensions are not the best option for families with children. But not in this case. Giant schnauzers find common language with younger members of the family, and much allow their small owners. For kids, they are able to become an excellent nanny, and for older children - a tireless friend for fun and games.

Dogs of this breed can be kept with other pets, but it is best if they grow up together. In this case, there is often a strong friendship and affection. It should be noted that rizens are suspicious of strangers, however, they will not show aggression for no reason. They can bark, but only if necessary.

Pets are overly brave and always ready to intercede, but one cannot say that they act recklessly. Before acting, Risen will definitely appreciate the situation and think. But all of the above qualities relate to pets who have undergone early socialization, and properly educated. Without a proper approach, a dog can grow up with behavioral vices - aggressiveness, nervousness, and cowardice. In addition, purebreds are often very stubborn.

See also about the breed of dogs Miniature Schnauzer .

Care and maintenance of a giant schnauzer

Hard coat for representatives of this breed needs regular care . It is recommended to brush it out with a hard, wire bristle brush. Several times a year, the pet needs trimming or hand plucking of dead wool. In this case, the owner has two options - to master this technique and do it yourself, or entrust the event to a professional.

As for the rest of the care, everything is traditional here - it is necessary to regularly inspect the auricles and clean them from contamination with a cotton pad, as well as to cut the claws as necessary. It doesn't matter if the dog lives in an open-air cage or in an apartment, he needs regular walking.

Often, owners of a giant schnauzer living in a private house, believe that their pet is enough to walk around the site. Yes, there are rocks with which this is really more than enough, but not in the case of a giant schnauzer. They need maximum physical activity, which is unlikely to provide a walk along the fence.

Even more energy is accumulated by a dog, who has spent the whole day in an apartment, waiting for the owner to return. Naturally, she needs to throw it out. If there is no possibility or desire to spend 2-3 hours every day for a walk with your pet, then experts do not recommend starting a dog of this breed.

When purchasing a puppy a giant schnauzer, you should tune in to regular quality care and long runs. With the right approach, the pet will be very grateful and show all its qualities - guard, protector and companion.

Features breeding Giant Schnauzers

At the dawn of the breed, dogs were called wire-haired Pinschers, the breeding of which led to the appearance of Giant Schnauzers. When there was a steady consolidation of the quality of the breed, they began to knit dogs only inside it. Special attention was paid to the health and mental state of dogs that were used in breeding. Due to such attention from the breeders, the Giant Schnauzers are distinguished by excellent health and stable psyche. beautiful giant schnauzer

Sook begin to knit no earlier than the third or fourth estrus. This is due to the slower development of representatives of large breeds. Experts do not recommend reducing the dog earlier, as this will negatively affect not only its health, but also the state of health and development of the offspring.

How to train a dog of this breed

To make a pet a perfect companion, and the dog got along well with others, it requires mandatory early education, aimed at acquiring the skills of correct behavior. Training and training a giant schnauzer is not an easy task, because, despite its high intelligence and positive qualities, there are a number of nuances.

First of all, it is important to start socializing the pet as soon as possible, literally from the first days of the puppy's appearance in the house. This will allow to take in the bridle of his natural protective instincts. A puppy must understand that not everyone who does not belong to his family is an enemy. In addition, the Giant Schnauzer’s hunting inclination needs to be corrected. Males have a tendency to show dominance and often try to measure themselves with other large dogs.

It is very important when training to take into account the sensitivity of dogs of this breed. They need fair treatment and do not tolerate the use of physical influences. Otherwise, upbringing and training can be significantly complicated. The owner should be tactful, but not without rigor and perseverance. Naturally, for such an approach, the owner must have some experience or seek help from professionals.

Feeding a giant schnauzer

Dogs of this breed are not too fastidious in food, among its members rarely are individuals suffering from food allergies. But if you still got such a pet, then only the vet can pick up the diet, since in most cases it is not complete without a diet. But, even having a pet with no health problems and an abundant appetite, we should not forget that the better the nutrition, the longer the pet will live and look better.

Giant schnauzers love to eat, they have an excellent metabolism. The nutritional value of the diet depends on the physical and emotional stress the dog receives. Food containing a large amount of protein and fat components, suitable for active pets who serve, play sports, participate in show performances, and regularly accompany their owners during horse riding or cycling.

Dogs that are kept in outdoor conditions need to be enriched with fat in the winter. The owner, before the pet gets into the house, should decide what he will feed the dog. For their food, you can buy ready-made rations that contain everything you need. Of course, not all experts believe that deep-processed foods are the best option for feeding an animal. But if there is no time to cook, then it is best to buy premium and super-premium food, which are of high quality.

If there is an opportunity to acquire and prepare independently, then feeding with natural products for rizenov is also suitable. Meat and offal should prevail in their diet. Additional components are cereals, dairy products, eggs. Vegetables and some fruits are also useful for dogs.

Of course, every vet will say that you should not give food to your pet from your table. Smoked, spiced, salted and pickled foods will adversely affect the health of the dog. Also banned are sweets, fatty and fried foods. As a delicacy, you can use low-fat varieties of cheese, boiled light or heart, dry biscuits. In the pet store you can buy special dog treats from natural veins, dried pig ears, oxtails, and more. They can be used for training.

See also: proper nutrition of dogs .

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How much does a rizenschnauzer puppy cost

When acquiring a puppy dog ​​that grows larger than average, you should take into account the perceived responsibility. It is important that the pet has a stable psyche, and this quality can be provided only by experienced breeders who have a good reputation.

Naturally, the price of a puppy depends on many factors and, above all, compliance with the standard and the number of titles of the parents. The starting price of a puppy with a pedigree is 20,000 rubles. If you need a pet that is suitable for participation in exhibitions, you will have to pay more - in this case, the cost will vary from 45,000 to 55,000 rubles.

Today, less and less you can meet on the street these beautiful, proud dogs. But none of the representatives of the breed can pass along the street and not attract the attention of others. Giant Schnauzer - beautiful, brave and loyal. But it will be accommodating only with the right upbringing, and this should be taken into account when setting off for a new four-legged friend.

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