Choosing A Puppy
When choosing a puppy, always look at the whole litter, making sure that they all display a happy healthy well being. Always check for clear bright eyes (no discharge) and a black wet nose. Their coats should be glossy and clean.
Always ask if both parents hold a current clear eye certificate (adults should be tested yearly) and that the puppy's have been litter screened before they are ready to go. Ask the breeder if there are any health problems, and where possible ask to see mum, dad and as many other members of the puppy's family. This way you will be able to get an idea of what your Giant Schnauzer will become.
When taking your puppy home, the breeder of your puppy should have supplied you with a diet sheet and care program. When you first bring your puppy home it is not advisable to change its diet, as the puppy takes a while to adjust to its new surroundings. If a diet is changed, it should be gradually introduced. At 7 to 8 weeks of age puppies will be fed 4 times daily. Some breeders recommend feeding the puppies a complete dry food formulated for puppies. This is fed according to the manufacturers feeding guidelines.
Some breeders recommend feeding their puppies a natural diet which consists mainly of raw meat and cooked or raw pulped vegetables. Should you choose to feed this diet, you would be advised to consult one of the many publications on this subject. There are three books by Dr Ian Billinghurst that many people have used, but the choice is entirely yours and of course your breeder will be on hand to advise you. As your puppy grows in height it is recommended that you raise their water & feeding dishes. This helps the puppy and adult to eat and drink in a comfortable position without the need to stoop or gulp their water. It is most important to feed good quality food at all times.
Puppies should only have controlled exercise, little and often. FEED, PLAY, SLEEP. Free exercise incorporated in the back garden is beneficial, but not for long periods, also if there is an older dog in the family, play and exercise between them should be supervised. A puppy should not receive the same amount of exercise as an adult. Care must be given not to allow your puppy to jump from great heights, e.g. high garden steps, sofas, the back of a car. Also climbing up stairs should be discouraged, until your giant puppy is fully grown. An adult Giant will require at least two 1 hour sessions of exercise, as well as plenty of free exercise in the garden. Please be aware that a Giant Schnauzer can jump and scale fences and walls. Never give your Giant a reason to leave you!!!
Its very important that you get your puppy out and about ASAP to socialise them in a positive way. It is also recommended to start puppy training classes with your puppy. You can find trainers under the links section on the website.
To Crate or Not to Crate
Having a crate for your new puppy is like buying sanctuary and safety for them and you!! This is their own place. This is most important for your puppy. When they need rest and sleep, they go into their crate. You know that they are safe and able to relax and have a break from the excitable world in which they now live. DO NOT use the crate as a form of punishment, this should be a good place for your Giant to reside in. You and your dog will appreciate a safe haven whilst in the company of visitors that do not understand or like having the pleasure of a dog as part of the family. Also if you decide to travel with your dog, you can take their home with you. Crates fold flat and can be easily transported.
Male or Female
Males (when older) occasionally have a tendency to be ruled by their hormones. This at times can make a male a little head strong, but on the whole they are loving and faithful to their families. Bitches, as we all know, have the problem of seasons, some suffering from reoccurring phantom pregnancies. This can make them a little hormonal too. More often than not most owners of pet bitches decide to have them spayed to make things easier for them and their dog. It is a good idea to wait until your puppy is fully grown before neutering
For a list of breeder members who comply with the Club's Code of Ethics when breeding - undertaking the required health & DNA testing protocols prior to breeding - and may have puppies available, please email a request to the Club's Sectretary .