Giant Schnauzer Club Puppy List
The Giant Schnauzer Club holds a list of members who have puppies currently available and who abide by the Club’s Code of Ethics. Breeders can be included on the list by supplying the GSC secretary with up to date eye test certificates for both parents and an undertaking that the litter will be eye screened before leaving for their new homes, with the certificate being forwarded to the secretary. This list is available via e-mail or post
See Contact Us simply add ‘Puppy List’ to the subject line.
Please note that inclusion on the list is in no way an endorsement or guarantee by the GSC of any particular breeder.
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 puppies 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 puppies 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 there puppies a complete dry food formulated for puppies. This is fed according to the manufacturers feeding guidelines.
Some breeders recommend feeding there 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 & adult to eat & 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!!!
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 there 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. If you still feel that you are suitable to own a Giant Schnauzer, please contact the Giant Schnauzer Club secretary