Giant Schnauzer - the right breed for you?
26th September, 2011 17:59
A Brief History
Giant Schnauzers have been known as Russian Bear Schnauzers, Munich Schnauzer, and Riesenschnauzer. It is believed that they are descendants of the black Great Dane, Bouvier des Flandres, and the Standard Schnauzer. Within the American Kennel Club (recognized in 1930) they are listed under the Working Group.
You guessed it, they're German - or at least the name is. They were originally shepherds used for cattle driving purposes and were also recognized for the guard dog abilities. During World War I, the German army deployed their quick whit in police training programs (no, they were not typists behind the desk).
Personality Traits of the Breed.
Giant Schnauzers are overwhelmingly intelligent. I have witnessed puppies huddled in a mass discussing the inner workings of a electron-microscope...REALLY. Okay, not really, but they do catch on very quickly. I believe this is partially due to their energetic nature...Mens sana in corpore sano (Latin: A sound mind in a strong body). Giant Schnauzers are constantly looking for mental interaction. They cherish the responsibility to protect their owners and are quickly able to detect those with an amicable nature versus threatening people.
Exercising your Giant Schnauzer
Yeah. You're gonna have to do that. Giant Schnauzers lead a fairly active lifestyle. They're not necessarily involved in ballet, little league, soccer, and Olympic downhill skiing, but they do need walked or a run in the yard. If there is another Schnauzer with whom your puppy can play, even better. Social interaction is paramount.
Let me know if you have any specific questions on the breed.