As with many breeds, the Giant Schnauzer can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Gastric dilatation volvulus
- Hereditary cataracts which is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and this can result in blindness.
- Hypothyroidism¹ where the thyroid gland is underactive and does not product enough thyroid hormone. This can result in low energy levels, weight gain and skin problems.
- Urinary incontinence² which is a condition where urine start to leak involuntarily.
- Epilepsy which is a condition where abnormal brain function can lead to seizures which damage the brain.
- Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of cancer that originates from a particular type of skin cell. This cancer often develops in a dog's digits.
- Dilated cardiomyopathy which is a condition where the heart muscle becomes progressively weak and cannot beat properly.
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
- Eye screening scheme
¹L. J. Kennedy, 'Association of canine hypothyroidism with a common major histocompatibility complex DLA class II allele', 2006, Tissue Antigens
²S. Arnold, 'Urinary incontinence in castrated bitches. Part 1: Significance, clinical aspects and etiopathogenesis', Jan 1997 Europe PMC