Giant Schnauzer

23 - 28 in (58.4 - 71.1 cm)
55 - 110 lbs (24.9 - 49.9 kg)
Life Expectancy
9 - 12 years
Vigorous daily exercise
Easy; hard to keep challenged
Black, Salt & Pepper, Fawn, Black & Tan
Dense, wiry

Giant Schnauzer Overview

The Giant Schnauzer was developed in the German agricultural areas of Wurttemberg and Bavaria. It is the largest of the three breeds of Schnauzer—the other two breeds being the Standard Schnauzer and the Miniature Schnauzer. Numerous breeds were used in its development, including the black Great Dane, the Bouvier des Flandres, and the German Pinscher. Originally bred to assist on farms by driving livestock to market and guarding the farmer's property, the breed eventually moved into the city, where it worked guarding breweries, butchers' shops, stockyards and factories. It was unknown outside of Bavaria until it became popular as a military dog during World War I and World War II.

The Giant Schnauzer should look like a larger version of the Standard Schnauzer. The Giant Schnauzer has a body as long as the dog is tall, a hard, wiry outer coat, and medium dark eyes.

The Giant Schnauzer is a breed bred to work and work hard, as a result this breed needs vigorous aerobic exercise every day. A long walk morning and evening is great but is not enough. The Giant will also need a fast game of catch, a session of flyball, or a good agility training session. The Giant also makes a great carting dog, and pulling a load in the wagon is good exercise.

Training is both important to establish rules for your Giant Schnauzer but also because it will keep them mentally stimulated. Early puppy socialization is also important for this breed. Bred to be watchful and protective, Giant Schnauzers need socialization to people of all sizes, ages, and ethnic backgrounds. A well-socialized dog is a well-balanced dog who is able to make a decision about protection without fear. Puppy socialization for your Giant Schnauzer should include introductions to dogs of various sizes and breeds, too, so your Giant Schnauzer learns not to be aggressive towards other dogs.

Giant Schnauzers are devoted to their family, steady, and intelligent. Young Giants can be quite rambunctious and must be taught to be gentle with younger children. They are wonderful playmates and companions for older kids. Interactions with other pets should be supervised.

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