Non-sporting Breeds

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 25-27 in (65-70cm) Bitch: 23-25 in (60-65cm)
Weight: 73-77 lb (33-34.5kg)
Coat: Hard, wiry, and very dense with a soft undercoat
Color: Solid black or pepper and salt; all shades from dark iron-gray to silver-gray are acceptable; a small white spot on the breast is permissible

The Giant Schnauzer was for many years known as the Munchener Dog, because it originated from an area near Munich. It is believed to have evolved from crosses between smooth-coated drovers dogs and rough-coated shepherd dogs, as well as black Great Danes and the Bouvier des Flandres. It worked as a cattle dog until the need for such an animal declined. Not as popular as the Standard and Miniature varieties, the Giant Schnauzer might have become extinct had it not proved itself an excellent guard dog in World War I. This intelligent dog makes a good-natured companion that requires a fair amount of exercise. It needs little grooming other than stripping and plucking. The coat may also be clipped but this will spoil it for showing, so it is best to discuss grooming with the breeder at the time of purchase.
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