Giant Schnauzer is a breed of dog which can be trained for varying roles like guarding or for therapies. This dog is very intelligent, very easy to train and enjoys company of people but has high maintenance costs. This is unfit for an apartment life. It requires adequate space in the yard and frequent walks for utilizing its energy levels. Their coat varies from pure black to a mix of white and black. Their coat does not get shed which requires timely grooming and brushing to avoid knotting.
The breed was originally bred in Germany in the 19th century between the Great Dane and the Standard Schnauzer. The need for a big sized dog to manage a herd by the cattlemen is believed to be the reason behind this cross-breeding. In the 20th century, this dog was trained for guarding purposes which continued through till the Second World War. This breed has gained popularity after a brief period of lull for being trained as a herd-dog.
The ability of working as a guard dog comes from the fact that they are large in size and have a bark which is strong enough to keep intruders at bay. The owner must give instructions with authority while also being calm and consistent. Since they tend to be dominating; the owner must clearly define his role as the alpha male of the whole pack and be dominating enough lest the canine takes his place.
Lack of proper training can make them overprotective and over-suspicious towards any new faces around. They need to be exercised sufficiently else they tend to become destructive.
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