An imperturbable dog, prepared for defense, whose appearance fills with respect. Typical characteristics of this dog are his good natured, even temperament and his incorruptible loyalty towards his master. He has highly developed sense organs, intelligence, trainability, strength, endurance, speed, resistance to weather and diseases. His inborn ability to bear strain and his self assurance make him best suited for being a companion, sporting, utility and working dog.
Large, powerful, stocky rather than slim. An enlarged, powerful image of the Schnauzer. An imperturbable dog, prepared for defense, whose appearance fills with respect. Typical characteristics of this dog are his good natured, even temperament and his incorruptible loyalty towards his master. He has highly developed sense organs, intelligence, trainability, strength, endurance, speed, resistance to weather and diseases. His inborn ability to bear strain and his self assurance make him best suited for being a companion, sporting, utility and working dog.
Links to Breed Descriptions
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Video (link - https://youtu.be/bXXaepwicHQ
This and other breed videos are available in full length here: www.meisterpetztv.de
AKC Video (link - https://youtu.be/VLrhhfJH3sU
View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmericanKennelClub
Other Names for Breed
Riesenschnauzer, peppar & salt
Giant Schnauzer, pepper and salt
riesenschnauzer p & s
Riesenschnauzer, poivre et sel
Schnauzer gigante, sal y pimienta
Giant Schnauzer, black
Schnauzer gigante, negro puro
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: Germany
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
2. FKC Database: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?Lang=en&R=181
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Giant Schnauzer Breed Health Conservation Plan (2020): http://www.giantschnauzerhealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/GS_BHCP_2020.pdf; Internal: GS_BHCP_2020.pdf
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma 2021-2025 Suursnautseri
US: OFA: CHIC recommended health tests: https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=GSC
Breed-Specific DNA Tests
HGTD Giant Schnauzers
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
UK: Giant Schnauzer Health
Information, News & Updates from the UK Breed Clubs -- Breed health surveillance, information, health surveys, statistics and reports - This is a content rich website!
GSCA Health Guide - The Health of the Giant Schnauzer
UK: The Schnauzer Club of Great Britain: http://www.schnauzerclub.co.uk/
Germany: Pinscher-Schnauzer-Klub e.V.: https://www.psk-schnauzer-pinscher.de/
Sweden: Svenska Riesenschnauzerklubben: https://www.srsk.se/
Finland: Suomen SuursnautseriKerho ry: https://www.suursnautseri.fi/
US: Giant Schnauzer Club of America: http://www.giantschnauzerclubofamerica.com/