Giant Schnauzer

Temperament: The temperament of the Giant Schnauzer should be sound and reliable, and according to the AKC breed standard, should combine "spirit and alertness with intelligence and reliability" and be "composed, watchful, courageous, easily trained, deeply loyal to family, playful, amiable in repose, and a commanding figure when aroused."

Height: 60 to 70 cm/ 23 to 28 in

Weight: 35 to 47 kg./ 75 to 105 lbs

Life Span: 12-15 years

Breed Average Outlier Index: 0.27

Breed Average Genetic Relatedness: 0.00

Breed Average Internal Relatedness: 0.04

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3 Celestial Exquisite Effervescence F0.48-0.190.09
4 Braveheart's Close to My Heart M0.260.01-0.07
5 Firezone's Setting The Stage On FIre F0.27-0.010.14
6 Carolina's Here We Go Again F0.230.000.04
7 Grande Giant Strides Angel of Mercy F0.210.08-0.02
8CH Giant Strides Grande Angel Spread Your Wings F0.140.070.05
9 Firezone's Take a Dance with Me M0.250.04-0.12
10 Spicerack's & Ramahill's Comin In Hot F0.240.05-0.18

The first breed standard for the Schnauzer was written in 1907 and the first Giant Schnauzer, "Roland Rolandsheim", was exhibited at an official show in Munich in 1909. The exact makeup of the breed today is still unknown but it is speculated that Standard Schnauzer, an extinct dog called the Oberlander, various farm dogs, and possibly Bouvier de Flanders are all possible ancestors. It wasn't until about 1914 that the modern Giant Schnauzer was developed by a man named C. Calaminus who never revealed the breeds he used. We do know that he used the black Oberlander dogs, and possibly some Great Dane, but there is no actual evidence. Some early notable giants with photographic evidence are Bazi v Wetterstein and Felz v Kinzigtal. In 1923 the PSK (Pinscher Schnauzer Klub) in Germany, the breed's country of origin, published the first standard for the Giant Schnauzer. It said “The Giant Schnauzer will be the best possible, considerably enlarged and strengthened copy of the Standard Schnauzer.” The height was fixed at 21.5 to 25.5 inches. Mental characteristics, along with size and structure were described as such: “All these allow the Giant Schnauzer to perform the hard and strenuous life of a working dog.” From 1923 to around 1938 the Giant thrived, and in 1927, the PSK had the first "Bundesliestungsiegerprufung" (national championship, working trials.) This national competition was annual until 1938 and cancelled in 1939. World War II then wiped out many Giant Schnauzers, but the Germans started again in 1945 to rebuild the breed with dogs remaining from around the world. This was also complicated by the Berlin Wall which separated East and West Germany and therefore the breeding pool as well between 1961 to 1989. After the unification of Germany, the bloodlines were crossed and our modern day gene pool consists of everything that survived these historical events.

The community of owners of Giant Schnauzers reports concern for the following illnesses: squamous celll carcinoma, toe cancer, and melanoma, autoimmune diseases including thyroiditis, epilepsy, cadiac diseases SAS and dialated cardiomyelopathy, lyphomas, hip dyplasia, eye disorders (cataracts and PRA), AIHA, IMTP, SLO, and cobalamin malabsorption.

Giant Schnauzer breeders have clearly made an effort to keep inbreeding low in a small gene pool. Dr. Pedersen's report says "“IR scores ranged from a low of -0.181 (parents least related) to a high of 0.486 (parents most related), with a mean (average) value of 0.047. Therefore, one fourth of the population had IR scores from -0.041 to -0.181, and one fourth +0.139 to 0.486. …… IR values show that there are three populations among the 133 Giant Schnauzers, one quarter containing individuals from very unrelated parents, one half with parents of average relatedness, and one fourth with parents that are quite related.”

There is clearly a genetic split in the breed between black Giant Schnauzers and Pepper Salt Giant Schnauzers. Each of these populations are more related among themselves than with each other. The Average Genetic Relatedness (AGR), which is the genetic equivalent of the pedigree based calculation "mean kinship," show that overall relatedness is close. This means breeders must make a specific effort to breed to the least related quality dogs they can find, in addition to prioritizing genetic outliers, in order to maximize retention of existing diversity in the breed.

Giant Schnauzer breeders have clearly made an effort to keep inbreeding low in a small gene pool. Dr. Pedersen's report says "“IR scores ranged from a low of -0.181 (parents least related) to a high of 0.486 (parents most related), with a mean (average) value of 0.047. Therefore, one fourth of the population had IR scores from -0.041 to -0.181, and one fourth +0.139 to 0.486. …… IR values show that there are three populations among the 133 Giant Schnauzers, one quarter containing individuals from very unrelated parents, one half with parents of average relatedness, and one fourth with parents that are quite related.”

The Giant Schnauzer has retained a broad range of diversity in the DLA haplotypes, which means they have kept much of the early diversity of the founders of the breed. The initial study of 146 dogs revealed 14 Class I individial DLA haplotypes and 15 individual Class II haplotypes. This is promising for the future of the breed, since some breeds have very few left. It is possible to retain that diversity and this may indicate that there is more overall diversity still to be found in the world. Nevertheless, there seems to be a significant concern with autoimmune disease in the breed, which tends to be more attributable to low overall diversity, not only homozygous DLA haplotypes.

The follow includes dogs with birthdates listed in the database.

DLA Haplotypes in the Breed

The Dog Leukocyte Antigen or DLA is the region in the canine genome that controls the immune system, among other things. There are three classes or areas, and the VGL Canine Diversity Test genotypes or records the two regions with the most variation. Because it is an area that mutates more rapidly than others, the method VGL uses is ideal for identifying specific combinations of DNA, and not merely showing whether a dog inherited two of the same sets of genetics from its parents or two different ones.

"Haplotype" is a generic name for a set of genes that are bound together and inherited as a set. The DLA Class I and Class II haplotypes are very tightly bound and represent about 2 million base pairs of DNA - a sizeable chunk. These two haplotypes together make an extended haplotype that is nearly always passed from parent to puppies as a pair. We therefore have two tables below showing both the combinations of DLA found in this breed and how often they appear, and also how often they appear individually.

Remember that frequency percentages do not show how many dogs carry them, but rather how many of these haplotypes exist in the breed as a whole. Every dog has two sets of DLA haplotypes, one inherited from dam, and one inherited from sire. These almost never recombine in new generations.

DLA Class I/Class II Combinations :

Class I HaplotypeClass II HaplotypeFrequency in the Breed

DLA Frequencies :

ClassHaplotypeFrequency in the Breed
Class I10065.36%
Class I10084.60%
Class I10110.96%
Class I101420.50%
Class I10164.98%
Class I10179.00%
Class I10540.19%
Class I10650.38%
Class I10670.19%
Class I10685.94%
Class I10912.87%
Class I109228.54%
Class I115915.90%
Class I11810.38%
Class I12630.19%
Class II20010.57%
Class II20033.83%
Class II20050.77%
Class II200614.37%
Class II20075.36%
Class II20120.96%
Class II20140.57%
Class II20170.19%
Class II20220.19%
Class II20314.41%
Class II20333.26%
Class II203735.63%
Class II205013.41%
Class II20536.90%
Class II20600.38%
Class II20760.19%
Class II20909.00%

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No.NameGenderOutlier IndexAverage Genetic RelatednessInternal Relatedness
1Ain't she a Duesy von FurstenhausF0.24-0.01-0.03
2Amazing Alfa at FigoskyF0.220.030.14
3Apffel Bach's California CruzinF0.26-0.050.14
4Apffel Bach's DirkM0.26-0.090.30
5Apffell Bach's Covert OperativeM0.31-0.050.07
6Apffell Bach's Delta ForceF0.34-0.060.08
7Ashton vom WasserlaufM0.27-0.03-0.02
8Aspen Leaf's Bear Creek Elsa QueenF0.250.04-0.04
9Aspen Leaf's Stablemasters Private PleasureM0.26-0.090.31
10Austin von Elberfeld M0.240.05-0.17
11Avada Kedavra vom WasserlaufF0.21-0.020.03
12Azzuma's Daredevil of WetbeardM0.210.020.10
13Bear Creek Grande LillyF0.200.08-0.13
14Bear Creek Hinda v Clear DaysF0.190.06-0.06
15Bigfoot's Aspen Leaf RevancheF0.250.04-0.07
16Black Magic's WomanF0.160.020.22
17Bluechip Smash HitF0.200.010.03
18Boston Blackstone NM0.230.04-0.17
19Braveheart's Close to My HeartM0.260.01-0.07
20Brix In Spite Of AllM0.350.00-0.02
21Carolina's HaHa Fooled YaF0.190.010.16
22Carolina's Here We Go AgainF0.230.000.04
23Carolina's Million Dollar BabyF0.170.020.20
24Carolina's The Jig Is UpM0.140.060.18
25Celestial Exquisite EffervescenceF0.48-0.190.09
26CH Firezone's Mayberry Let Time Go Lightly At Paisley F0.240.08-0.11
27CH Spicerack's Olivia's Secret PotionF0.240.03-0.04
28Clear Days Crystal Blue PersuasionF0.32-0.070.24
29Coldnose Memphis BelleF0.230.000.15
30Coolhand's Black IceF0.280.01-0.04
31CoolHand's I've Got The MovesM0.290.05-0.19
32CoolHand's Set Fire To The ReignF0.27-0.02-0.02
33Daserbe Chase The Ace To DraxparkF0.280.05-0.13
34Dasval As Good As It GetsF0.28-0.010.02
35Delarive's Time to JitterbugF0.140.040.30
36Doc's Life Is GoodM0.150.06-0.02
37Draxpark Black JackM0.230.09-0.21
38Draxpark Check Me OutF0.20-0.010.20
39Draxpark Checkered FlagM0.220.06-0.04
40Draxpark DramaticusF0.36-0.05-0.02
41Draxpark FantasticusM0.250.030.01
42Draxpark Hot Like MeF0.36-0.010.04
43Draxpark JackpotF0.160.11-0.17
44Draxpark Looking GoodM0.260.02-0.04
45Draxpark Lots To LikeM0.290.01-0.01
46Draxpark SochiF0.32-0.030.01
47Draxpark VladivostokM0.39-0.01-0.19
48Edelphie Delores DelagoF0.250.04-0.04
49Ekhojdens Singular SensationF0.26-0.010.02
50El Pulpo De CethusM0.330.00-0.07
51Extreme Eldorado Vom Mutter HausM0.350.03-0.08
52Eyrie von ElberfeldF0.30-0.090.27
53Fanta C Cowboys Back In Town At Happy TrailsM0.40-0.06-0.03
54Fanta C's Out Of The DarknessM0.280.00-0.01
55Fanta C's The Great ExpeditionM0.200.05-0.05
56Ferncliffe DavignonM0.300.02-0.07
57Ferncliffe Pistols At Dawn for RuffhausF0.20-0.020.13
58Ferncliffe Strip ArtistF0.220.040.08
59FERNCLIFFES URAKM0.220.04-0.03
60Firesilver EurostyleM0.87-0.260.05
61Firezone's Above and Beyond for MelastronM0.270.000.05
62Firezone's Beyond The HorizonF0.180.05-0.01
63Firezone's Beyond The SpotlightM0.250.010.08
64Firezone's Clear LegacyF0.200.07-0.11
66Firezone's Defiant With A Cherry On TopF0.230.04-0.04
67Firezone's Echoes of Ramos' LegacyF0.110.08-0.12
68Firezone's Firefly At DragonairM0.160.000.09
69Firezone's Gravitational ForceM0.160.060.01
70Firezone's High Caliber 357F0.210.05-0.07
71Firezone's High Caliber CommotionM0.250.03-0.10
72Firezone's KincsemF0.160.000.33
73Firezone's Mayberry Dance of a Brave HeartF0.210.02-0.07
74Firezone's Mayberry Rain DanceF0.260.010.11
75Firezone's Mayberry Shadow DancerM0.180.06-0.05
76Firezone's Mayberry Time To ShineF0.200.080.03
77Firezone's One Helluva RideF0.220.08-0.18
78Firezone's Ramos' Special LegacyM0.180.020.04
79Firezone's Reach Beyond The StarsF0.230.030.12
80Firezone's Setting The Stage On FIreF0.27-0.010.14
81Firezone's Special BlendF0.180.05-0.08
82Firezone's Take a Dance with MeM0.250.04-0.12
83Firezone's Take Me To The Moon and BackF0.210.030.04
84Firezone's Taking Me HigherF0.250.03-0.07
85Firezone's Vala Dances Free With ButterfliesF0.180.070.03
86Firezone's Wild and Free from KincsemF0.170.09-0.07
87Foxwood's Dare To Dazzle RiesenheimF0.270.02-0.04
88Foxwood's Femme NikitaF0.210.09-0.19
89Freddie z Grodu Ksiazat PomorskichM0.45-0.15-0.02
90GCH Clear Days AugustusM0.210.020.10
91Giant Strides Grande Angel Spread Your WingsF0.140.070.05
92Giant Strides Karbon Kopy Vom Mutter HausM0.290.040.04
93Gloris EclipseM0.300.06-0.17
94Gloris Generational StarM0.42-0.080.14
95Gloris Maximus at FirezoneM0.21-0.010.03
96Gloris Rafael DraxparkM0.25-0.010.23
97Gloris Zealous DesireF0.51-0.140.07
98Grande DaydreamerF0.140.11-0.08
99Grande Giant Strides Angel of MercyF0.210.08-0.02
100Grande Lovin' Every Minute of ItF0.31-0.070.23
101Grande Next JourneyF0.210.050.03
102Grande OverdriveM0.160.11-0.13
103Grande Passion for FameF0.23-0.050.24
104Grande Queen of HeartsF0.270.06-0.09
105Grande QuintessentialF0.250.030.05
106Grande Roses in RomeF0.310.01-0.06
107Grande Something WickedF0.22-0.030.28
108Grande Super SportM0.25-0.010.28
109Greif Hakon vom SchenkenwaldM0.60-0.240.14
110Grovelea BossanovaF0.260.05-0.10
111Happy Trails Heart Of A CowgirlF0.31-0.020.11
112Happy Trails I Want To Break FreeF0.250.030.03
113Happy Trails Life Is Highway At Fanta CM0.260.02-0.05
114Happy Trails Watcha Gonna Do With A CowboyM0.290.04-0.17
115Hearthmore's Wild PoppyF0.130.070.09
116Hearthmore's Wintergreen Mountain M0.190.050.10
117Hemi vom EngelskottenF0.38-0.050.05
118Histyle's Breaking BadM0.150.080.14
119Histyle's Federal ExpressM0.210.060.03
120HiStyle's Midnight SpecialM0.180.06-0.02
121HiStyle's Somewhere Over The RainbowF0.170.08-0.06
122Houston Von ElberfeldM0.34-0.020.02
123Ike's Flying Purple People Eater von FurstenhausM0.30-0.03-0.04
124Indigo's A Bonney Irish PirateF0.36-0.100.06
125Indigo's A Scottish PiperF0.34-0.06-0.04
126Indigo's Dream Come TrueF0.29-0.06-0.01
127Indigo's GwynnieF0.38-0.090.01
128Indigo's Whiz KidM0.33-0.080.04
129Ingebars Tynan Dances with WildflowersM0.200.000.30
130Ingebars I Live For The ApplauseF0.140.11-0.05
131Ingebars Oh Be JoyfulM0.190.070.27
132Inno All'Amore von den Nassen BaertenM0.40-0.140.07
133Invicta Gigas ClodaghF0.200.03-0.04
134Iservel Dark SecretM0.27-0.010.19
135Jafrak Magic LanternF0.200.08-0.03
136Jenga vom Moisburger BergF0.69-0.19-0.02
137Kalidor's Acadian AdventureF0.250.02-0.04
138KAR Farm's Good for the GanderM0.38-0.160.25
139KenRo's Evening RendezvouF0.24-0.050.19
140KenRo's You Got Some Splanin To DoF0.24-0.030.08
141Kiraly's Covina CaliforniaF0.160.020.14
142Kiraly's Dance Of DragonsF0.230.050.00
143Kiraly's DrogonM0.180.050.03
144Kiraly's Moves Like JaggerM0.210.050.07
145Kiraly's Sweet SophisticationF0.21-0.070.43
146Kiraly's Winter is ComingM0.180.10-0.09
147Kittynoir Vanilla BeanF0.320.00-0.04
148Komet Von ElberfeldM0.210.010.06
149Lagniappe's From The Mountains To The BayouM0.160.13-0.02
150Lagniappe's Geaux Tell It On The MountainM0.230.030.03
151Lagniappe's Glenda The Good WitchF0.30-0.010.13
152Lagniappe's Hard To HandleM0.140.040.11
153Lagniappe's Heaven Help UsF0.130.050.07
154Lagniappe's Her MajestyF0.190.040.07
155Lagniappe's I Can Only ImagineF0.140.040.25
156Lagniappe's I'll Have a DoubleM0.190.060.11
157Lagniappe's I'm in HeavenF0.090.090.19
158Lagniappe's If the River Don't RiseF0.110.100.13
159Lagniappe's Incredible JourneyF0.190.030.21
160Lagniappe's Irresistible Jolene the Bayou QueenF0.160.090.09
161Leidenschaft's JägermeisterM0.23-0.010.12
162Long Grove's Twinkle ToesF0.150.030.12
163Lucavale Washington at AndmauraM0.40-0.140.05
164Magisterial's Boulder HaukM0.38-0.04-0.10
165Mendelssohn vom Weseler WaldM0.25-0.03-0.10
166Momentumm Annie Get Your GunF0.31-0.040.03
167Momentumm Brigadoon After MidnightM0.32-0.03-0.10
168Momentumm In The LimelightF0.32-0.060.00
169Momentumm King of HeartsM0.200.08-0.14
170Momentumm Knight Show V. MagicM0.32-0.090.31
171Momentumm V.I.P.F0.49-0.130.04
172Munchener Qira von MoonshadoF0.38-0.200.24
173Munchener Siegfried von MondoM0.34-0.140.14
174Munchener Silverschatz v MondoF0.46-0.210.22
175Munchener Undercover UlixM0.38-0.11-0.09
176Nev Lemar Bonapart M0.240.03-0.04
177Nightline Heart of DelariveF0.200.020.03
178Not Yet Registered Leta PuppyF0.32-0.02-0.14
179Obsidian's First LadyF0.190.05-0.02
180Obsidian's Freya Von LuthorF0.220.010.02
181Old Saint NicklausM0.25-0.02-0.11
182Ordre Hanno VetoF0.38-0.070.06
183Otis Boanergos De GaulleM0.210.030.07
184Otis Boanergos OrpheusM0.280.03-0.11
185Patriot Vom ZetterfeldM0.30-0.030.15
186Pharo vom kleinen BüffelM0.30-0.06-0.02
187Prinz vom kleinen BüffelM0.32-0.04-0.03
188Pushkadell Tuscan to GroveleaM0.190.070.02
189Qodo vom GoldbergseeF0.26-0.060.13
190Quadriga vom Weseler WaldF0.35-0.06-0.05
191Radegast Hanno Veto M0.38-0.090.10
192Ramahill's Gloriana At SpicerackF0.240.00-0.03
193Reinkarnata Hanno Veto F0.36-0.100.08
194Renomee Hanno VetoF0.42-0.070.12
195Riesenheim Rufus BlackM0.230.04-0.06
196Riesenheim Taio Cruz To RuffhausM0.260.010.01
197Riesenrad's Go The DistanceF0.30-0.040.08
198Riesenrads Guilty As ChargedF0.35-0.080.15
199Riesenrads IMA Coming In HotF0.32-0.010.01
200Riot von ElberfeldM0.32-0.070.05
201Rissies JappM0.48-0.09-0.02
202Rus Astershvarc Zone of FireM0.180.020.09
203Ruster's Artfully Aged M0.23-0.020.13
204Schutzengel's Bad and BoujeeF0.260.010.23
205Schutzengel's Khaos By KarmaM0.210.060.04
206Schutzengel's Whatever It TakesM0.210.060.06
207Selectiondor ElectraF0.210.050.03
208Silver Senator Figo at FigoskyM0.71-0.21-0.01
209Silver Senators Sky NewsF0.77-0.260.18
210Skansen's Duchess of KaliforniaF0.180.010.06
211Skansen's Indigo RainF0.44-0.160.00
212Skansen's Lost TreasureF0.32-0.090.23
213Skansen's Payton of KARFarmF0.35-0.120.17
214Skansen's Thousand IslandM0.170.040.20
215Spartacus Radinie At DraxparkM0.39-0.070.03
216Spicerack's & Ramahill's Comin In HotF0.240.05-0.18
217Spicerack's Every Mile A Memory With Black MagicF0.190.030.16
218Spicerack's Pink Missundaztood SecretF0.180.030.04
219Spicerack's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot By RamahillM0.220.05-0.02
220Spicerack's Whispering Sweet NuthinsF0.170.000.23
221St. Michaels AibhlinnF0.280.01-0.06
222Stablemaster's Claudius CaesarM0.200.040.02
223Stablemaster's Kiss of KarmaF0.170.060.16
224Stablemaster's SabrinaF0.180.030.07
225Stablemaster's Wish and KissF0.290.010.00
226Star Drim Ya KalugaF0.30-0.060.28
227Star Drim Ya RusskiyM0.250.04-0.12
228Star Drim Yantra at FirezoneM0.280.000.13
229STAR LEVEL TIME TO WINM0.25-0.010.12
230T'Challah Black PantherF0.28-0.010.13
231Taktika Art Focus PointM0.140.030.18
232Terravirtus JengaF0.56-0.240.36
233Terravirtus PandamoniumM0.84-0.270.03
234Time For You Gaius Caesar at FerncliffeM0.36-0.04-0.04
235Tito von ElberfeldM0.280.02-0.06
236Tyshunde ApprenticeM0.26-0.050.16
237Uno Nicolas RadinieM0.180.07-0.11
238Wanderlust's Walking On Indigo SunshineF0.130.050.24
239Watson RadinieM0.29-0.040.09
240Weylin Kato Vom Mutter HausM0.240.050.05
241Yadon von BlackmooreM0.230.010.05
242Yashanti's In CahootsM0.39-0.120.15
243Zarina's Design Amour-Amour at FoxwoodF0.280.020.09
244Zarina's Design Avenger For RiesenheimM0.270.010.06
245Zarina's Design Something SpecialF0.160.06-0.07
246Zarina's Design Tu Eres Mi TodoM0.190.050.16
247Zsa Zsa GaboraF0.32-0.040.00

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