two types of coats popular in the Unit- ed States. The first is a hard, wiry coat the Germans originally intended the breed to have. This is a very easy coat to care for, as his leg furnishings are sparse, and a couple of groomings each year are all it needs. The other variety is a much softer coat, with lots of hair on the legs and a profuse beard. This kind of coat obviously requires much more care—the hair on the legs tangle easily. It is, however, quite attractive, and the coat does make one think of a furry bear, which makes some people very fond of this variety. It is definitely a matter of taste—but, if the dog is going to spend a lot of time outside where there are foxtails or it is muddy, etc., choosing the harder coat is important.
to work with. They love any kind of unrestrained work like retrieving, jumping, attack work, barking on com- mand, and tracking (they have superb noses). They are not the best precision workers, as they get impatient with too much repetition, but with a good train- er, they make excellent competition obedience dogs. Because they are highly intelligent, they are not always easy for beginners to train; they soon outsmart any inex- perienced person. If the trainer estab- lishes himself as pack leader in his dog’s life from the beginning, he is very easy to work with. In other words, he is usually a dominant animal which, of course, is one of the reasons he is an outstanding watchdog.
train. However, once they have grown up, they are happy to just sleep next to you all day. Like any big dog, they should have at least one to two hours of good exercise daily. If exercised prop- erly, they are as good an apartment dog as any smaller breed. I hope this answers your questions about the breed. If you have any more questions, please call or write. We usually have pups available and when sold, they 10 weeks old uncropped or 3-4 months old if cropped. By then, they have their tail docked and dewclaws removed. Also, one shot against distemper and parvo. They will have been wormed for round and tape worms, the two common worms in California.
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Most family pets are the heavier coats. To distinguish between the two styles or amount of hair we call the original style German and the American style is the Miniature Schnauzer look-alike but of course much larger. Regardless of the variety of coat, he does not shed, which is of course very convenient for an indoor pet. Also because of his non-shedding coat, chil- dren and adults allergic to dogs can very often tolerate the Schnauzer, just like the Poodle. He is a very hardy animal who is not prone to any special degenerative diseases, and lives a long life if prop- erly cared for. Like all large breeds, hip dysplasia is always possible. However, by breeding only good stock, we have managed to breed 99% of our dogs clini- cally free of dysplasia. The one percent that do get it are replaced at no cost to the buyer. If you ask Giant owners how they are to train, you will of course, get many mixed answers. Personally, I feel they are one of the most intelligent breeds
Like most dogs, he is excellent with children if raised with them. This is very important, and I do not recom- mend a family with young children to bring in an older dog not previously raised with children. However, if they are raised with them, they make terrific playmates; they will play all day, can be trained to pull the kids in carts, and love to go swimming with them. They get along well with other dogs but, two males used for breeding will usually not tolerate each other. Spayed and castrated dogs are just as good watchdogs, and they usually do not have problems getting fat after being altered. We recommend that all pets be altered. They do require a lot of exercise and attention as pups and young adults. By exercise we mean taking your dog for a run on the beach or dog park, go hik- ing or running by a bike—all off leash. Playing in the backyard or walking on a leash up and down some blocks is not enough. If you don’t have time to exer- cise your giant pup he will be difficult to
I have raised Schnauzers for fifty years with more than 1300 homebred champions and innumerable obedience titles. Attention to proper temperament is always the Number One priority. My breeding program is based on trying to produce as beautiful a dog as pos- sible, with a temperament that makes him an excellent family pet, as well as a family guardian. Seventy-five percent of my Giants live in homes with one or more children. The Standard Schnauzer is very much like the Giant. He is, of course, smaller so easier to control by the elder- ly and children. He makes a great apart- ment dog. The standard is the oldest of the schnauzer, dating back as long as 500 years ago. He mostly comes in the German or medium length coat, never in the American, softer style as the giant and mini. He is very easy to maintain, extremely intelligent and trainable. Like the giant, he needs to run and gal- lop free as a pup. He is very much a one man, one family dog and takes it seri- ously to defend your house/home.
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