IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STANDARD
keen in expression with lids fitting tightly. Vision is not impaired nor eyes hidden by too long eyebrows. Many of us, myself included, tend to leave so much eyebrow that the eyes can’t be seen without pulling the hair back. The eyes really are beautiful and expressive. I’ve always felt that when I look into the eyes of a Giant, there’s an intelligent, soulful being looking back. Neck - Strong and well arched, of moderate length, blending cleanly into the shoulders, and with the skin fitting tightly at the throat; in harmony with the dog’s weight and build. Two words that I’d like to point out are “moderate” and “harmony.” The fact that it’s of moderate length and in harmony with the dog’s build all goes back to the fact that all aspects of this breed are predicated on its square, compact build. BODY Compact, substantial, short-coupled, and strong, with great power and agility. The height at the highest point of the withers equals the body length from breast- bone to point of rump. The loin section is well developed, as short as possible for compact build. A square build is the most efficient for a working dog, assuming all aspects are cor- rect. It’s imperative that the angulation of both front and rear assemblies is adequate, to ensure proper movement. Over-angulation creates movement faults in order to compen- sate for over-reaching, while under-angulation is not as efficient because it requires extra movement to accomplish the same forward locomotion. Understanding the build of a Giant requires one to have a basic familiarity with the history of the breed. It was bred specifically to drive cattle through the Bavarian Alps. It was also the protector of the farmers, their families, and their possessions. This is why we see adjectives such as strong, compact, robust, and moderate all used to describe the breed. It must be strong enough to accomplish its purpose and agile enough to trot across The forequarters have flat, somewhat sloping shoulders and high with- ers. Forelegs are straight and vertical when viewed from all sides with strong pasterns and good bone. They are separated by a fairly deep brisket which precludes a pinched front. The elbows are set close to the body and point directly backwards. Again, everything fits tightly and is in balance in order to allow this breed to work as efficiently as possible. The Bavarian farmers didn’t have ATVs with which to drive their cattle; relying instead on the acute ability of these magnificent Giant Schnauzers. Chest - Medium in width, ribs well sprung but with no tendency toward a bar- rel chest; oval in cross section: deep through the brisket. The breastbone is plainly discernible, with strong forechest; the brisket descends at least to the elbows, and ascends gradually toward the rear with the belly moderately drawn up. The ribs spread gradually from the first rib so as to allow space for the elbows to move close to the body. Again, this section continues the theme of having the power to accomplish what the breed was intended to do while maintaining the necessary agility and stamina. rough terrain all day. FOREQUARTERS Shoulders - The sloping shoulder blades (scapulae) are strongly muscled, yet flat. They are well laid back so that from the side the rounded upper ends are in a nearly vertical line above the elbows. They slope well forward to the point where they join the upper arm (humerus), forming as nearly as possible a right angle. Such an angu- lation permits the maximum forward extension of the forelegs without binding or effort. Both shoulder blades and upper arm are long, permitting depth of chest at the brisket.
Cheeks - Flat, but with well-developed chewing muscles; there is no “cheekiness” to disturb the rectangular head appear- ance (with beard). How can the chewing muscles be well- developed without appearing cheeky? If you look from overhead, the cheeks shouldn’t protrude farther than the edges of the skull. Muzzle - Strong and well filled under the eyes: both parallel and equal in length to the topskull; ending in a moderately blunt wedge. The nose is large, black, and full. The lips are tight, and not overlap- ping, black in color. This is a very similar description to that of other breeds. The Doberman Pinscher Stan- dard is very similar, yet the Giant possesses a slightly broader muzzle that allows for large, strong teeth. Bite - A full complement of sound white teeth (6/6 incisors, 2/2 canines, 8/8 premo- lars, 4/6 molars) with a scissors bite. The upper and lower jaws are powerful and well formed. Disqualifying Faults - Over- shot or undershot. This is generally a strong suit of the breed. Giants typically have large, strong teeth, nice broad jaws, and good occlusion. Ears - When cropped, identical in shape and length with pointed tips. They are in balance with the head and are not exaggerated in length. They are set high on the skull and carried perpendicu- larly at the inner edges with as little bell as possible along the outer edges. When uncropped, the ears are V-shaped button ears of medium length and thickness, set high and carried rather high and close to the head. Uncropped ears are a little more difficult to judge as there are several possible faults; being long, houndy or carried too low. Eyes - Medium size, dark brown and deep-set. They are oval in appearance and
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