Showsight Presents the Giant Schnauzer

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be strong, well arched, of moderate length and not directly upright of the shoulders. Fronts have always been a weakness in the breed. Th e correct shoulder angu- lation, with proper return of upper arm, broad chest and strong sternum is very much desired. Th e Giant Schnauzer is not a terrier and it should have no appearance of a terrier front. A properly built Giant Schnauzer will move smoothly, covering ground with long e ffi cient strides, dem- onstrating good reach, to balance a strong driving rear. A dog that lowers his head and turns his ears back when in full stride is “First of all, it must be understood that the Giant is a working dog. He was bred for a purpose and HIS SIZE MUST REFLECT THIS.”

Many Giant Schnauzers are still in careers of service to man. Th ey are used in police and army forces for tracking, guarding and protection. Search and res- cue Giant Schnauzers were deployed in the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City and the 911 attack in New York City. Currently, they are successful participants in every known dog activity, pet/people therapy, agility, obedience, backpacking, carting, drug and bomb detection, herding, schutz- hund, sledding, skijoring, tracking and boating—just to name a few. Th ey are a versatile, willing working dog. Judging Considerations Th e Giant Schnauzer can be a confus- ing breed to understand. Th ere are many di ff erent visual inconsistencies that meet the eye. First of all, it must be understood that the Giant is a working dog. He was bred for a purpose and his size must reflect this. He should be strongly built, sturdy and well muscled. Th e standard states, “A robust, more heavy set than a slender dog”. He should have more bone than a Dober- man and less than a Rottweiler. Th e desire for elegance and eye appeal in the show ring should not allow a build that is tall and narrow, too slight or racy or weedy. In an analogy to the horse, a Giant Schnauzer should be compact with plenty of substance for his size, like a Quarter horse or Polo pony. He should neither be like a heavy

draft horse, or like a tall, long-legged Th or- oughbred race horse. Th e Giant Schnauzer must be agile and quick on his feet, having himself all together when gaited on a loose lead, as well as when stacked or posed. In being a sturdy dog, the Giant should have a strong head. It should appear to be large and su ffi ciently wide to accommodate strong cheek muscles without being bulky. And, for this head, which is half the length of the back, the neck must be strong also. Th e tall, elegant specimen, with a narrow long head and a thin exaggerated neck is not the breed’s outline. Th e neck should

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