Breeding the drive, size, and muscle you see in a working Giant Schnauzer into a dog that will also excel in AKC conformation, and be of the upmost health and vigor. Yes, you can have it all! Our pups make wonderful family pets, working dogs, and excellent therapy/service dogs. Parents are WORKING DOGS on our FARM. We health test our parents for VWB, THYROID, HIPS and EYES. We also champion title many of our adults in conformation. Breeding for protective nature and drive to work.
COVID 19 / CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: Although we are ALL social distancing at this time puppies are still being born and are available for homes… When we have a puppy available we are able to have your puppy delivered to your front door if you are not leaving your home. You are also very welcome to come pick up your pup in person if you desire. There is no risk of transmission between human and dogs, Covid 19 is a (human), virus. Your puppy will be bathed in Chlor4 shampoo right before leaving our home, and we are careful to use safe social distancing, washing hands, disinfecting hands + surfaces at transfer.
- Please consider all these bullet points carefully before you decide if one of our Giant Schnauzers is right for your family, home, and life circumstances.
- Are you able to have a large breed dog where you live? Some housing communities have restrictions on large breeds. If you live in a small home or apartment are you set up to take your pup on frequent walks and exercise them regularly? Possibly have your pup go to a doggy day care during day if extra exercise or socializing is needed? Keep in mind your dog will have a large bark and can disturb close neighbors. Giants tend to alarm bark when they see new people or animals. Giants will need a 6′ fence or some other way to keep them from running off until they are fully trained. A puppy can bark or cry for hours on end while it is adjusting… Do you have an area to get away from this noise so you can sleep and will the puppy cries disturb your neighbors?
- Do you have time in your life to raise a puppy properly? This is not a breed you can just stick in your back yard and ignore. It will learn bad behaviors like barking constantly, digging, aggression… etc… If you work all day then your pup should have stimulation from another person during the day. Such as a dog walker that visits at least an hour a couple times during the day while your gone, or putting pup in a doggy day care. Your dog will only be ok with other people and animals if it is socialized throughout its growing up with them.
- Are you willing to find a trainer before you get your pup, and train your pup on a regular bases and also socialize pup on a regular bases? A pup needs at least 15 minutes EVERY DAY to reinforce learned commands. So expect to have a short one on one training session with your growing dog every day during and after your trainer owner sessions… Just because you have trained a dog before does not mean you do not need a trainer with this puppy. Giants may need different type of training, so find one that is experienced. You want a experienced professional trainer with a good reputation for training large breed working group dogs on call for anything that might come up with your dog. This is a smart, herding minded breed, so they need stimulation and a job to do and can be independent minded and stubborn at times. They need a strong dominant owner that will be persistent with their training technique, not a meek non dominant owner.
- A young puppy is going to cry a lot, very loud cry and bark, and can do it for hours on end… He will also use his teeth on everything and even playing and chewing on you if you let him… Are you willing to deal with this learning and adjustment period?
- A young puppy will pee constantly so potty training can be frustrating. You just had your 8 week old pup outside where he went potty and then 5 minutes later you bring him inside where he quickly pees again on your floor. This is normal. Pups will pee all the time, can do it for social reasons or because their bladder muscle is weak from young age. They have not learned your home is their kennel yet… So you will need to keep pup in a small area so he can learn to hold his urine. This will take months of keeping pup in a small area and taking pup outside every 30 minutes during the day and every 2 hrs all night long. If possible a doggy door with a small inside area and fenced outside area is the best solution for potty training since pup will always be able to go out doggy door to potty. That is how pup has potty training started at our home before he leaves. Are you willing to be consistent on potty training and have the time to take puppy out as often as needed?
- Do you have small children or pets? A large breed dog could hurt them on accident because of his large size. You would have to keep a area designated for your growing giant puppy where your toddler or small house pet could not get to him. Then only have supervised visits when they are allowed to be together. A jumping rambunctious dog may not be the best fit for a home with a baby or tiny pets…
- Can you afford the vet care, puppy day care, grooming, proper food, and training sessions that every dog should have but is most certainly needed for a Giant Schnauzer throughout his life?
- Are you in physical shape to be able to pick up a 65 to 110 lb dog if needed? There maybe times in your dog’s life as when getting in and out of tub, car, sickness, or in old age when you will need to lift your dog up. Hopefully you would have your dog trained before adult hood but if there is an issue can you control a dog that is this large pulling on a leash?
- Is your family active or more couch potatoes? If couch potatoes you should look for a more docile breed, but if you like to hike, bike, play fetch in the back yard, etc… this dog is for you. Although they do become a little less energetic around 4 or 5 yrs old due to their mind maturing, they still enjoy hikes and fetch and many do agility up until they are seniors… There are many AKC events such as agility, flyball, obedience, etc that your whole family can enjoy and can build your bond with your pet and give much needed exercise for the body as well as mind of your beloved furry family member.
- Are you willing to Neuter or Spay your pet? There are too many accidental pregnancies and people that think they should breed when they are doing it for the wrong reasons… So we ask that your Giant that is adopted as a PET and not for showing/breeding is neutered or spayed when it is close to full growth, around 1.5 to 2 yrs of age.
- Are you willing to deal with a Giant puppy which maybe rambunctious and high energy, has separation anxiety, or has aggression tendencies known to the breed? Not every giant will have an issue and I can not say enough about the importance of EARLY TRAINING AND SOCIALIZING, as soon as you receive your pup. But there maybe a situation where either the puppy’s personality clashes with the family or your puppy starts to have behavior issues. This is a part of your family. You should have a plan before you even receive your pup what you will be doing if this happens. You may need to keep a fenced in area inside your home that is a small bedroom area for your dog, you may need to tether train, or have a trainer come in on a regular bases to teach everyone in the house hold how to deal with the issue and resolve it. If puppy does not work out in your home you will need to return it to us so we can find him a better suited home, but our goal is that EVERY puppy is going to it’s forever home the first time, so please consider everything on this list carefully with your entire family in your home, and read over our entire website before adopting one of our pups. Thanks, Tina and family