FAQ:

  • How do I become a Member of GSGSC?
    • The Golden State Giant Schnauzer Club is based in Northern California and in order to be an active member in the club it is recommended that the members have the ability to attend meetings in this region.
    • To become a member please complete a GSGSC Membership Application, include the membership fee and sponsorship paperwork.
  • Where can I obtain more information about Giants?
    • The Giant Schnauzer Club of America  has a comprehensive website with a wide range of available information on the Giant Schnauzer.
    • Join us at a Dog Show!  Dog Shows are where many of the club meetings are held and are a great place to meet the people who are involved with this breed. Keep in mind that if someone is showing their Giant that there are times when they may be busy preparing their Giant to enter the ring.
    • Dog books and websites can often provide basic information about a breed.  However, Giants are a very diverse breed and meeting a Giant owner or a Giant in person can provide a greater understanding of what it is like to own a Giant.
  • What is it like to live with a Giant Schnauzer?
    • Giants are a Working Breed that require attention, training, socialization, and grooming.
    • Grooming:  Giants do shed!  Giants have a double coat which consists of a rough outer coat and a soft undercoat.  The outer coat protects the dog from the the environment and the undercoat acts as insulation.  Both coats grow year round and need to be combed regularly.  The shedding is often not noticed due to the frequent grooming requirements of the breed.  
    • Giants are very physical dogs and many love to play. 
    • Giants need plenty of exercise and demand attention!
    • Be prepared to live with a dog that may find great enjoyment playing in the water and rolling in mud.
    • The Giant can be protective of its family and household.  The more they are socialized at a young age the better prepared they are to be able to make sound decisions regarding strangers and changes.
    • Giants were originally bred to be cattle herders.  Their adaptability, protective instinct, and bond with humans allowed the bred to survive past the Industrial Age when similar breeds were phased out.  This breed has been employed as a police and service dog and is quite capable of adapting to a variety of jobs and living situations.  However, this is not a submissive bred and needs to be dealt with sensitivity and tact. 
    • This is not a pack breed!  Many Giants do better in single dog homes due to their territorial and protective nature.  This may also hold true for households with other pets. Giants can have a terrier-like hunting drive and unfortunately this can cause conflicts with smaller animals.
  • How do I find a good Giant Schnauzer Breeder?