The Giant Schnauzer, the largest of the Schnauzer breeds, is not technically a giant breed, but they are large and powerful and are appreciated for their stable temperament and versatile working ability. They were developed in the agricultural regions of Bavaria and Wurttenburg in Germany when there was a high demand for dogs as drovers and guardians for farms and businesses. They received special recognition during WW1 in Germany for their sharp minds and trainability as military and police dogs. Their natural protective instincts extend to their home life and they feel a strong sense of responsibility to keep their family safe. They are very intelligent and perceptive though and with proper training can distinguish friend from foe. This active and rambunctious breed requires lots of exercise and playtime and appreciates having a job to do. Their profuse coat will need routine brushing and stripping.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.