Breed issues that are within every giant schnauzer:
Every pure breed has its issues that go back to the foundation stock that created the breed. Giant Schnauzers are no different. There are some issues that are not something a breeder can test for that are in the genetics of EVERY black Giant Schnauzer. I have heard people say, oh I want to stay away from this or that breeder because his or her lines carry for toe cancer, heart issues, or a Seizure disorder, etc… But what those people fail to realize is that those illnesses are deep within the breed and absolutely every Giant has that in their genetics. It will show up every so often and a breeder is shocked when it does because it is so rare that it will lie dormant many generations. A breeding pair of Giants can have 100 or more perfect dogs and then have one with toe cancer, bad heart, or a seizure disorder. It is not something a breeder can breed out of the breed. If you are unlucky enough to ever have a dog that has these issues it is hopeful to at least know most issues are not life threatening to your dog if caught early on. It is best to be proactive and each time you trim your Giant’s nails take a good look at the health of the nails and toes. If something does not look right you should immediately bring it to your vet’s attention. Early treatment is the number one best way to save your dog. In the case of toe cancer the toe should be amputated and hopefully if the cancer has not metastasized the dog should live a long happy life and not even notice the missing toe. If a dog has seizures there are medications that are available to stop the seizures so your pet can live a happy long-life seizure free. As of writing this article I have not had any puppy buyers say their pup had one of these issues but I’m sure it will happen eventually because as I said it is within the foundation genetics of every giant schnauzer. The best thing a breeder can do is test for the things that are testable such as thyroid, hips, Von willbrands, eye disorders, and hip dysplasia which are also within the breed. A good breeder will also not breed two dogs together if they produce inferior puppies when it comes to health. If I ever have an issue with a breeding pair having puppies with issues I would breed those two parents to different dogs from then on and hopefully never have a puppy with an issue again from being proactive and smart on my breeding choices.
If you ever need advice or have questions you can always contact me. Tina