In the last couple of days, a handful of people have asked if Madison is a Bouvier. I was chatting with her breeder and she laughed -- time to get a schnauzer cut!
Giant Schnauzers are a separate breed from miniature and standard schnauzers, not just a variation on size. Giants were developed in the early 1900's by crossing standard schnauzers with black Great Danes for size and power, and Bouvier de Flandres for herding abilities and intelligence. They were originally called Riesenschnauzer. In Europe they are used extensively for police and military work.
Giants are in the working dog class, and were bred to herd cattle and protect farms and families. They are a breed that needs a job. Madison is already happiest when we ask her to carry her own leash to the elevator and back home down the hall. She was intent upon finding a newspaper to drag home for Man-dad. Anyone's newspaper.
We have to start remembering to bring a tennis ball with when we go out so that she has something to bring home.
This little pup is a pistol. She is smart as a whip and she needs to be given task after task, to keep her busy and focused.
Doberman Rescue of Fort Lauderdale/Miami has been recommended for their puppy classes. We are signing up.