akc breed description

The giant schnauzers are an extremely intelligent, energetic, strongly territorial dog. The giant schnauzers loves his owner’s and feels great responsibility to protect them. He learns quickly and can distinguish between friend or foe. Giants need a lot of  exercise, required daily walks, playtime with other dogs or romps in the yard. They also require regular grooming, therefore owners should be prepared to spend time maintaining the breeds coat either bringing them to a groomer or learning to groom themselves. The giant schnauzers should resemble, as nearly as possible, in general appearance a larger and more powerful version as the standard schnauzer on a whole a bold and valiant figure of a dog. Robust, strongly built, nearly square in proportion of body length to height at the withers, active, sturdy and well muscled. Temperament which combines spirit, alertness with intelligence and reliability. Composed, watchful, courageous, easily trained, deeply loyal to family, playful, amiable in response and a commanding figure when aroused. This sound, reliable temperament, rugged build and dense weather-resistant wiry coat makes for one of the most useful, powerful and enduring working breed. 



Giant Schnauzer Club Of America  

Code of Ethics

To maintain and improve the quality giant schnauzer stock and to provide giant owners with basic principles to protect the breed from exploitation, irresponsible promotion or careless breeding. The members of the Giant Schnauzer Club of America Inc have approved this code of ethics by vote of the entirety.

Breeding: A typical giant schnauzer must have not only the characteristic appearance describe in the breed standard ( as revised and approved by GSCA and AKC, 1983) but the energy and stamina required for any useful work, and the reliable disposition so important in a family dog and companion. This breed has now reached a point in the numbers and quality of giants bred here or imported from abroad and in the wide distribution of desirable bloodlines throughout the USA, where there is neither necessity nor excuse for any giant owner truly concerned for the future of the breed to use for breeding purposes any individuals which are unsound or inferior in conformation, temperament or health.

1: In breeding any bitches or offering a dog at stud, I will always try to breed Giant Schnauzers that improve the breed temperamentally, structurally and physically, putting the welfare of the breed before any considerations of profit or personal advantage.

2: I will not use for breeding, nor advertise, sell or make available to anyone for any purpose, a giant schnauzer that is shy, vicious, or of an obvious nervous, unreliable disposition. If I must place such an unsound and atypical giant, I will see to it that it is spayed or neutered and will not pass on the problem.

3: I will not use, advertise, sell or make available for breeding purposes, any giant having serious defect, whether known to be inherited or not, or any fault that is a disqualification under the breed standard.

4: I will have all of my giants x-rayed for hip dysplasia (HD) before they are used for breeding or offered at stud. The unequivocal diagnosis of no HD (in any degree) to be made by OFA or meets the average mean for giant schnauzers using Penn Hip.

5: It is also encouraged that any and all technology available be used to screen all animals to be used for breeding, according to known problems within the breed (hips, elbows, thyroid, cardiac tests and clearances, VWD, PRA, CERF, etc.). Owners are urged to register all results with the OFA and Canine Health Information Center. NOTE: Since continuing research on health defects may lead to new and better methods of diagnosis or prevention, it is recommended that people intending to breed giant schnauzers keep themselves educated on the details of the available technologies and testing procedures.

6: No bitch should be bred no more than twice a year without first obtaining veterinary certificate that such a breeding is medically appropriate. It is strongly recommended no bitch be bred prior to two (2) years of age, nor after the age of eight (8) years of age without a veterinary certificate. Each bitch to be bred should be in good health and free from communicable diseases, parasites and disqualifying faults. Breeders of litters are responsible for the puppies produced by their bitches. Therefore, it is recommended that the breeders verify that the purchasers of puppies will be responsible owners who will provide proper homes and care. All breeding’s that occur should be done with the intention of the preservation and betterment of the breed, taking into consideration matters of structure, health and temperament, as well as the ability of the breeder to be responsible for the puppies produced.

7: It is strongly recommended that stud dogs should not be bred prior to two (2) years of age. Any stud dog should be in good health and free from communicable diseases, parasites and disqualifying faults. All breeding’s that occur should be done with the intention of the preservation and betterment of the breed, taking into consideration matters of structure, health and temperament, as well as the ability of the breeder to be responsible for puppies produced. The stud dog owner should provide all information regarding the health testing of the stud dog and assist the owners of the bitch in any way possible.


I, as a breeder, will not place puppies in a new home until they are a minimum eight (8) weeks of age recognizing that it is often desirable to keep longer if ear cropping is done.

I, as a breeder, will provide to the new owner at time of sale, or soon thereafter as possible, the official AKC Certificate of registration, with signed transfer of ownership. Written contracts for deposits on puppies, the sale of the puppy, any guarantees and replacement policy and/or any terms of a co-ownership are strongly recommended. If a giant is sold as a pet, pet puppy purchasers will be strongly encouraged to spay or neuter all pet quality puppies and such puppies will be sold with the AKC limited registration and/or spay/neuter contract. I will honor all contracts.

I will supply each purchaser with a): at least three generation pedigree. b): a complete medical record and details on proper feeding and care.

The buyer will agree that I will be contacted whenever an owner can no longer keep a dog at any time in the dog’s life and it will be my obligation as a breeder to take the dog back or arrange for its care until such time that the dog can be placed in a new home.




I will cover all stud service terms by written agreement and keep accurate records of mating’s and births as required by the AKC.

I will assist in the placement of any dogs sired by my stud and will encourage the breeder to ask a price for puppies consistent with pride in the breed.

I will help educate the public in the breed standard and care of my breed and all other areas of animal welfare which I am qualified to discuss. I will try to educate people as to the correct conformation, coats, and colors of the giant schnauzers.

In choosing names and applying for AKC registrations, I will avoid using, except with the WRITTEN permission, a prefix or suffix associated a recognized breeder of giant schnauzers, here or abroad, even when such a kennel name is not registered with and protected by AKC.

I will never sell or dispose of giant schnauzer puppies or grown stock through pet shops, wholesalers, commercial dealers or paid agents but will deal directly with the individual buyer, making every effort to be sure that he/she will be responsible giant owners and that the new home will be satisfactory.

In advertising giant schnauzers, I will be truthful and informative and will refrain from exaggerated or misleading statements either to sell my own stock or to “promote” this breed indiscriminately as suitable for every person or purpose. If I advertise or guarantee “show prospect” puppies, I will upon inquiry make clear what this means and to the extent of my responsibility as to replacement or reimbursement if the pup does not develop according to expectations.

Recognizing that every effort should be made to retrain in the stock used for breeding the great intelligence and reliable, responsive disposition which makes the giant a useful working dog in the land of its origin. I will support and encourage performance events as the most objective and best available test of mental and temperamental fitness. I will encourage new giant owners to participate in basic obedience classes, at least, so that they may enjoy, and the public may see well-behaved and easily controlled giants.

MEMBERS: All members should conduct themselves at all times in such a manner as to reflect credit on the sport of purebred dog showing and giant schnauzers in particular. This includes respect for the show site, convention and overflowing facilities, and all other aspects of responsible dog ownership. All members shall refrain from knowingly making unfair or untrue statements about the dogs or practices of others.

All members shale abide by the constitution and by-laws of the Giant Schnauzer Club of America (GSCA) and the rules of the AKC. Members should also encourage new giant schnauzer owners to join GSCA and should provide contact information of GSCA club members in the area of the new owner. 

Finally, I recognize that the privilege of owning, showing and especially breeding giant schnauzers carries with it an obligation to study and understand the official standard for the breed. I will support the strict application of the standard of the judge at the shows, use it in evaluating my own stock, and try to help produce giants that with each generation conform more closely to the ideal that the giant schnauzer standard describes.


 I am a proud member of the GSCA