Giant Schnauzer

Schnauzer standing on a white background in studio

Dog Description

The Schnauzer family comes in three sizes; giant, standard and miniature but they are each considered separate breeds. The Giant Schnauzer is an unusual looking dog who has high spirits, stamina and loyalty. Independent and intelligent he needs firm, but consistent training. He may be aggressive with strangers and will make an excellent watchdog.

Dog Size:
Female Height:
23.5 - 27.5 inches
Male Weight
70 - 77 lbs
Female Weight:
70 - 77 lbs
Pure black, or pepper and salt
Dog Coat Type:
Harsh, hard and wiry
Loyal, protective
With Children:
Yes, as long as he is socialized to children
With Pets:
Yes, usually gets along with other dogs and pets
Special Skills:
Watch-dog, guard-dog and family pet
Very High
Very High
Care Info:
Brush the wiry coat daily with a short wire brush to prevent matting. His coat should be stripped to prevent it from becoming soft and woolly. Pluck the coat twice a year, trim around the eyes and ears. Clean whiskers after meals. Being an energetic dog he requires daily exercise of a long, brisk walk and off the leash play sessions
Training Info:
Schnauzers enjoy mental and physical activity and are responsive and easily trainable, but will become bored with repetitive exercises. Keep in mind that he has his own ideas and will not follow every command. Known to do well in various sporting activities, especially defense dog trials
Learning Rate:
Living Environment Info:
A home with a fenced yard is essential as he is an active breed. To be an owner of a Giant Schnauzer you should be strong confident, and patient
Health Issues Info:
Hip dysplasia eye diseases and orthopedic problems
Life Span:
12 - 15 Years
Litter Size:
5 - 8
History Info:
Originating from an area near Munich, Germany, he was first known as the Riesenschnauzer. It is believed that he was crossed with smooth-coated drover dogs, rough-coated shepherds, Great Danes and the Bouvier des Flandres. Used to work cattle the Giant Schnauzer almost became extinct. After the First World War he was primarily used as a guard dog. German fanciers have worked hard to secure the popularity of this breed

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