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    Giant Schnauzer |Germany|

    Giant Schnauzer |Germany|

    Despite its name, the Giant Schnauzer is not a “giant” breed; it is simply a larger and more powerful version of the Standard Schnauzer, which was the breed originator. The Giant is an intelligent breed that has a degree of problem-solving ability, which can translate into stubbornness during training. However, once this has been overcome, this breed is thoroughly rewarding and a great addition to an active family. These dogs love to be involved in everything that is going on, and do not like to be left out. They thrive when doing a job or an activity, such as agility, which will challenge them mentally and physically. The Giant is naturally protective of its family and makes a good watchdog.

    History

    Like the Standard, the Giant developed in Württemberg and Bavaria and was bred by local cattlemen and farmers who wanted the qualities of the Standard, but in a bigger package. The Giant was used to drive cattle to market and became popular with butchers, who used them for moving cattle around the livestock pens. The Giants were also used for guarding properties, including many German breweries. During World War I, the dogs were drafted into military service and were also used by the police. The first Giant Schnauzers arrived in the United States during the 1930s, but the breed did not become well known until the 1960s. They are popular in obedience competitions, as well as agility and carting.

    On average, Schnauzers have three to six puppies in a litter, although occasionally they will have eight to nine.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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