The Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Giant Schnauzer and the Great Pyrenees. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Giant Schnauzer is known for being kind, intelligent, and loyal. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Giant Schnauzer or the Great Pyrenees? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix.While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix puppies for sale. If you are interested in helping animal rescues raise money, please play our quiz. Each correct answer donates to help feed shelter animals.
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Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix History
All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Giant Schnauzer History
The Giant Schnauzer was developed in Germany. She is the largest of the three Schnauzer breeds. Like virtually all dogs they were bred for a purpose. Hers was to drive cattle. This cattle instinct got them working directly in butcher shops and stockyards. They also made good guard dogs at various places. No one really knows for sure, but Giant Schnauzer was more than likely created by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with larger smooth-coated dogs, rough-haired sheepdogs, and the black Great Dane. By looking at their appearance the Bouvier des Flandres was more than likely mixed in there as well. Over time their primary role went from stock work to police work. This transition happened in the early twentieth century. They are recognized by the American Kennel Club but are not a very common breed.
Great Pyrenees History
The Great Pyrenees was originally bred to guard flocks of sheep and goats - primarily from wolves - in the Pyrenees mountains of France and Spain. It obviously got its name from this mountain region. In the United Kingdom and most of Europe it is known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. It was once known as the royal dog of France. He is highly adapted to very cold weather and is a beautifully stunning breed of dog. It is also an ancient breed of dog with her ancestors going back nearly ten to eleven thousand years ago. They were always bred with the intention of helping shepherds.To this day you can see them inside a flock of sheep, blending in, and keeping anything away that might harm the flock. Of all working dogs, watching the Pyrenees work is a very fascinating thing to see.
Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix Size and Weight
Giant SchnauzerHeight: 24 - 28 inches at the shoulderWeight: 60 - 110 lb.Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
Great PyreneesHeight: 25-32 inches at the shoulderWeight: 85 -115 lb.Lifespan: 10-12 years
Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix Personality
The Giant Schnauzer and the Great Pyrenees are known for being courageous and protective. They are also very loving dogs. This dog will require a very strong and firm owner who makes sure to assert that they are the alpha and not the dog. They are cautious, yet non-threatening with strangers, and are affectionate towards family and children. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix Health
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.The Giant Schnauzer mixed with the Great Pyrenees might be prone to joint dysplasia, bloat, gastric torsion, among others.Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix Care
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
Giant Schnauzer Great Pyrenees Mix Feeding
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
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Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."