Giant Schnauzer

The giant schnauzer is one of three distinct schnauzer breeds: miniature, standard and giant. The breed was originally developed in Germany and was used to move cattle. The dogs were used as guards in breweries, stockyards and butcher shops. It is thought that the giant schnauzer was created by crossing several breeds of smooth-coated dogs, sheepdogs, and Great Danes. The breed was widely utilized as police dogs in the early 1900s within Germany. In 1962, The Giant Schnauzer Club of America was formed. The breed is middle-of-the-road when it comes to popularity in the United States. The breed is number 83 among 155 registered breeds in terms of ownership.

The Giant Schnauzer is an impressive large schnauzer with a strong, muscular body. Its size would suggest otherwise, but as the Giant Schnauzer was bred for cattle herding, it is agile and fast. It has a double coat with a soft, dense undercoat and wiry outer coat. It has whiskers and hairy eyebrows and a rugged look about it. It needs to be brushed frequently and required occasional, professional clipping. Personality: This is a very playful, large dog breed that needs plenty of exercise outdoors. If it doesn't get sufficient exercise, this breed can get domineering. It is good with children but may be too large for some children. It easily become a one-person or one-family dog and is very protective of its master(s). It is reserved towards strangers and sometimes aggressive towards other dogs.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
12-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer Build Information

Size
Large
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Both
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Giant Schnauzer is an impressive large schnauzer with a strong, muscular body. Its size would suggest otherwise, but as the Giant Schnauzer was bred for cattle herding, it is agile and fast. It has a double coat with a soft, dense undercoat and wiry outer coat. It has whiskers and hairy eyebrows and a rugged look about it. It needs to be brushed frequently and required occasional, professional clipping.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

This is a very playful, large dog breed that needs plenty of exercise outdoors. If it doesn't get sufficient exercise, this breed can get domineering. It is good with children but may be too large for some children. It easily become a one-person or one-family dog and is very protective of its master(s). It is reserved towards strangers and sometimes aggressive towards other dogs.

Appearance

Colors
Black Salt & Pepper
Shedding
None
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Wiry

The giant schnauzer has an interesting coat. The undercoat is wonderfully soft, and the outer coat is dense, wiry, and somewhat hard to the touch. Plan on hiring a professional to hand-strip your dog’s coat two or three times a year. If you prefer, your dog’s coat can be clipped instead of stripped.

Owners are cautioned that the texture of their dog's coat will change with regular clipping.

Like any other breed, the giant schnauzer needs its toenails cut, ears washed, and teeth cleaned. Begin a routine when your dog is a puppy to ensure that you are able to do these things without the assistance of your veterinarian or groomer.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
Yes
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • This energetic breed requires at least 60 minutes of exercise each day
  • Giant schnauzers can become destructive and behaviorally challenged when not given ways to drain excessive energy
  • This dog needs a strong leader who is not afraid to be the boss
  • The giant schnauzer is not often recommended for families with small children
  • This breed can become aggressive with other animals and strangers if not socialized properly as puppies
  • Giant schnauzers are highly intelligent and excel in any job or sport they participate in
  • The giant schnauzer is not known by any other names

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Common Health Conditions in Giant Schnauzers

Giant schnauzers are prone to various health issues. Hip dysplasia, osteochondrosis dissecans, autoimmune thyroiditis, and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common hereditary illnesses found in the giant schnauzer. As with any breed, yearly veterinary visits are essential. Your veterinarian can alert you to any health issues that are apparent in your dog. Do not be tempted to skip these yearly exams; they are the best way to detect illnesses while still in their treatable stages.

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