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The Feathers And Fleece Giant Schnauzer

At Feathers And Fleece
We believe to understand the Giant Schnoodle
you must first understand the Giant Schnauzer!
The Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is a larger version of a Standard Schnauzer and is a very powerful, compact dog.
The Giant Schnauzer originally came from the Wurttenberg and Bavaria sections of Germany.
During the years, both German Pinscher and Schnauzer pups were made in the same litters.
The German Pinscher Schnauzer Club initiated a policy requiring proof of three generations of pure coarse-haired
Schnauzer coats for registration.
This quickly helped differentiate the two breeds.
These Schnauzers were given the name Standard Schnauzer.
These were crossed with the black Great Dane and the Bouvier des Flandresto to form the Giant Schnauzer breed.
Schnauzer derived from the German word "Schnauze," which means muzzle.
The Giant Schnauzer is called the "Riesenschnauzer" in Germany, which means "the giant."
The Giant Schnauzer was used as a cattle driving dog in Bavaria and as a guard dog by police and military in Schutzhund.

Giant Schnauzer puppy from Feathers & Fleece Farm

The dog's height is the same as the length, giving it a square look.
The head is strong and rectangular and the muzzle is the same length as the top of the head.
Giant Schnauzers have large noses, oval medium-sized eyes, and high V-shaped ears.
Giant Schnauzer tails are set high, typically docked to the second or third joint.
Giant Schnauzers have a double coat: The undercoat is soft, while the outercoat is more dense and hard.
Giant Schnauzer hair stands slightly up off the back with bushy whiskers, beard, and eyebrows.
Feathers & Fleece offers Giant Schnauzers with intelligence and work ethic.
They are brave, loyal, vigorous and enjoys their owners presence at all times.
They are easily trained, responding best at calm and positive tones, while also rewarding good behavior.
Giant Schnauzers tend to be on the dominant side, so it is important that the owner shows them that they are higher up
in pack order than the pup.
Consistency with leadership is very important when owning a Giant Schnauzer.
Their dominant trait has the potential to overpower them at times, which can cause problems for you (as owners)
to keep control.
You must show him that you are at the top of the social hierarchy.
Giant Schnauzers are tremendous guard dogs and their large size alone can be a warning to strangers.
Giants that know their place in the pack are often sweet-natured goofballs.
Some of the best Schnauzer qualities include obedience, agility, and protection.
Since they are one of the very few non-shedding large dog breeds, they are high in appeal.
They can sometimes be reserve when it comes to strangers, which is why we, at Feathers & Fleece, take our job
seriously in terms of socializing each individual puppy.
It is also important that you keep this socialization going as you take in your new friend.
This will help them interact well with other animals.
Giant Schnauzers are not suited for apartments.
They are fairly active indoors and will do best with land.
 Giant Schnauzers require daily exercise.
If they are not well exercised twice a day, they may bounce off the walls and be hard to handle.
They should be taken on daily walks.
These energetic dogs will take as much as exercise as you will allow.
They love play sessions and any interaction with the family.
Giant Schnauzers typically enjoy walking, running, hiking, biking, and swimming.
If you do not have the time to give your pup the exercise they need, Schnauzers may not be the best breed for you.
With this being said, Schnauzers have a very long life expectancy, ranging from about 12-15 years.
The outercoat is easy to look after, but the undercoat is more dense and can be more difficult.
It will become matted unless it is combed or brushed weekly with a short wire brush.
Pet dogs are usually clipped, while show dogs are usually hand-stripped.
Trim around the eyes and ears with a blunt-nosed scissor and clean the whiskers after meals.
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