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I would definitely seek more out then. Check at specialty shows, speak with breeders.
IMO while there are many similar characteristics there is a stark temperament difference between the two but I myself have a fairly wide sampling of mini schnauzs of various temperaments I groom vs the six or so giants I regularly work on. Personally for me if I needed to pick I'd take a giant over a mini, but that's me.
i was in the same boat as you about two years ago..we decided on a giant and went to very good breeder, more of a north american show line giant then the working line version. We fell in love in a second...and have not regretted it since..our pup is now 7 months and almost 70 lbs, in very good shape...most adult males will be 80 to 95...i had a golden retriever before and this dog blows it out of the water, he has not destroyed anything in the house, is very intelligent, and very good with children and people in general, very much a people dog...he is territorial with his property only..he will bark a few times...very loudly...but off our property he will not bark, and i cannot for the life of me get him to bark or speak unless he is in the situation of defending out turf. I could go on and on but overall I am very pleased we got a giant and could not be happier with his overall demeanor....he has picked fetch as his job of choice though and wants to play it all day...lol
oh, and I have heard there are a few difference between a mini and a giant also as Melissa said....my advice would be to see some breeders in person, this is what sold us on the breed....they were very magestic and playfull, yet gentle with us....
We've had our Riesenschnauzer since she was about 11 weeks old. She will be 4 in March and we wouldn't trade her for the world. She is the most affectionate dog I've ever seen towards people she knows. Now I will admit she barks more than any 2 swamp collies combined which makes for a great hold and bark but can be a PITA the rest of the time.
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I understand that they are different. I've just had a hard time looking around about anything on the giant. The one I met is an idiot, the owners say he is nothing like the other giants they previously owned. I have awhile to think about it, for when i'm 100% ready to add the second dog.
We have two giants on our Flyball team, owned by the same woman. She got them both from Von Der Leidenschaft in Canada (http://www.leidenschaftkennels.ca/giantlitters.htm), and they are fabulous dogs. They are very high drive and high energy, with nice temperaments.
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