Riesenschnauzer does not appear in the category known as "dangerous
dogs" by French Law.
On the other hand, it is a working dog and many activities can be
carried on with your companion.
Don't forget that a Giant Schnauzer is a powerful dog (up to 50kg
for a male) with a strong and protective personality towards strangers
and sometimes other dogs. If this is your first dog, then you should
be ready to take obedience courses with him/her (especially with
To discover photographs of dogs to work,
- The C.S.A.U. :
Certificate of Sociability and Aptitude for the Use.
This a prerequisite test in France to compete in the category of
Champion of Beauty. This examination is carried out in an education
center under the supervision of judges. When the test is succesful,
the owner receives a card from the Dog Central Agency. But please
be aware that this test is onlymandatory to compete for a title
of beauty and not for the everyday life.
- The Ring : this
includes several stages/levels.
- defense ring 1
- defense ring 2
With each stage comes a set of increasing levels of obedience,
protection and ultimately controling the threat (whether a person
or an animal). This ultimately tests your dog's discipline and courage.
With a ring certificate, your dog will gain access to the class
of "working dog" in beauty competion -in addition to the
skills described above.
-> The title of International Champion can only be granted Giant
Schnauers who succeeded in either the RCI
or the IPO.
- Programme RCI (Rules of International
This program is subject to the rules of the Internation Dog Federation
In addition to obedience and protection capabilities - somehow similar
to the Ring above- it includes a test of tracking/search capabilities
with increasing difficulties.
- IPO :
The IPO is a group of protection certificates (IPO I, II and III)
with very detailled challenges.
It includes :
- Blind search
- Hold and bark
- Back transport
- Courage test
- The agility :
Under the distant supervision of his owner (ie unleashed), the dog
enters a track with a serie of obstacles (+/- 10 obstacles) to overcome.
This can include obstacles such as stairs, bar jump, slalom, open
tunnel and closed tunnel (ie. the dog doesn't see the other end
when entering), jumping through a tire, teeter, bench walk, etc.
Please be aware that all these trainings and certificates are not
mandatory for your Giant Schnauzer but they will definitely be a
lot of fun for the two of you.