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Fact 1 Did you know that Giant Schnauzers have had many different uses over the years, they have originated from Germany, in the 17th Century. They were bred to have thick rough coats that protected them from vermin bites and the harsh German Winters. Giant Schnauzers were firstly used to herd cattle to the markets, they were also used to protect the carts from thieves, rodents and other small animals. During World War 1 Giant Schnauzers were used as doctors aids in the British Red Cross. Giant Schnauzers were also used as rat catchers, their thick facial hair served as a barrier against the rats biting and scratching. Due to easy train-ability the Giant Schnauzer has also been used as police dogs, drug detection dogs, search and rescue dogs and even guide dogs. They have also more recently been used as therapy dogs and because of their sweet and gentle nature.  Fact 2 It might surprise you to know that Schnauzers were not originally named Schnauzers. They were firstly named wire- haired Pinschers. Their name was changed from the wire- haired Pinscher to the Schnauzer in 1879. The proper German name for the Giant Schnauzer is the Riesenschanuzer.  The word Schnauze translates in German to the word snouter, this relates to the Schnauzers square snout, which have unique whiskers. These distinct features means the Schnauzer has a phenotype different to most other dogs.  Fact 3 moving on, an excellent trait in the Giant Schnauzers is they have a hypo-allergenic coat, this means that they are less likely to trigger allergic reactions in humans which makes them a perfect companion if you have any allergy sufferers in the household. They tend to shed very little, but they should be hand stripped every four to six months to keep their coats looking healthy and clean. It is also advised to brush your Giant Schnauzer up to 3 times a week and their faces should be washed after every meal they eat. Giant Schnauzers can come in 4 recognised colours these colours include black, white, silver and peppered grey. You may also see Giant Schnauzers that have shades of brown or beige running through their coats.  Fact 4 Having said that, ironically despite the fact they are hypoallergenic, Giant Schnauzers can be born with or develop allergies, this is quite common in the breed. Some of the most well known things to set off a Giant Schnauzers allergies can include dust mites, flea and tick bites, chemicals in household cleaning products, pollens in the air and dog foods that contain a high level of grain or cereals. If your Giant Schnauzer experiences any issues with any these allergies then you should take your Giant Schnauzer straight to the vets to prevent any discomforts.  Fact 5 Our final fact about this fantastic breed. The Giant Schnauzer is an extremely intelligent breed, they are highly energetic dogs and can excel at many different dog sporting activities such as obedience, agility, rally, conformation, flyball, disc dog, dog carting, dock jumping, tracking, lure-coursing, herding trials, barn hunting  and earth-dog trials. Giant Schnauzer’s also love to chase toys at home such as frisbee’s and balls, this can help your Giant Schnauzer burn off some energy and prevent them from boredom and unwanted behaviors such as barking and chewing.  Wrap up Giant Schnauzers certainly are an amazing breed, they are intelligent and lovable and this truly shows in their work as police dogs and therapy dogs. They take up some effort to maintain their coats, but their character really shines through in their thick bushy expressive eyebrows and moustaches. This breed would be the perfect addition to any experienced dog owner who have the time and dedication for training. However it is advised against having Giant Schnauzer’s if you have children under the age of 12 as they can be a dominant breed. It is also essential that you start training and socialisation early to make sure you Install good manners from a young age.

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