Giant Schnauzer


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Giant Schnauzer
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Germany
Group: Working, Guard dog
Height: males 26-28 in., females 23-26 in.
Weight: males 60-80 lbs., females 55-75 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs
Trainability: high
Good with children: with early socialization, best with older children
Good with other pets: with early socialization, may show dominance

What is the origin of the Giant Schnauzer?

Cattlemen in Bavaria, Germany wanted a large Schnauzer, a breed they admired, to drive cattle. After several crosses, a weather resistant Schnauzer was created, capable of working cattle. In the 1700s the Giant Schnauzer also guarded beer halls and butcher shops.

What does the Giant Schnauzer look like?

The Giant Schnauzer is a larger version of the Standard and more powerful. Males are 26-28 inches tall; females are 23-26 inches tall. Weight is 55-80 lbs. The head is rectangular with a powerful muzzle showing whiskers and mustache. Ears are sometimes cropped, when natural are v-shaped. Dark eyes are oval and deep-set. The back is short and straight. Feet are cat-like. The docked tail is carried high. The coat is hard, wiry, short to medium length with a woolly undercoat. Colors are solid black or pepper and salt. The coat needs combing once or twice a week with shaping and stripping 2-4 times a year.

What is the temperament of the Giant Schnauzer?

The Giant Schnauzer is a highly intelligent dog. Early firm, positive obedience training and socialization are necessary to help avoid problems like dominance. They do better with older children. They need to be stimulated mentally and physically. These Giants can be aggressive with other dogs and reserved with strangers. They are very protective of their family. The Giant Schnauzer needs long vigorous walks daily. They are not suited for apartment living.

What is the Giant Schnauzer used for?

In Germany they were used for herding cattle and also trained for police and military work. Today they are natural watchdogs and bodyguards and compete in obedience and agility trials. Giant Schnauzers are loving, very loyal companions with their family.

Possible Health Issues

Osteochondrosis dissecans, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, bloat/gastric torsion.