Giant Schnauzer

Meet the Giant Schnauzer! Giant Schnauzer puppies are bundles of energy, with just a hint of the trademark whiskers seen on the adult Giant Schnauzer. As they mature, the Giant Schnauzer becomes a large and formidable companion, with a natural urge to protect their families. Giant Schnauzers are robust dogs, with a well-muscled body that requires vigorous exercise to keep the Giant Schnauzer is shape. Physically, the Giant Schnauzer has a rectangular head, with deep-set oval eyes that are sometimes obstructed by a cascade of black hair! They have a long, powerful muzzle usually surrounded by a sprout of black whiskers, giving them the distinctive Schnauzer beard. The ears of the Giant Schnauzer are carried high on the head, and can either be cropped or uncropped. If uncropped, the ears are triangular and flop forward. It’s hard to tell what type of coat Giant Schnauzer puppies will develop, as there are three varieties. The German, or hard coat, is medium-length and wiry, with a soft undercoat. The American soft coat Giant Schnauzer has a much softer coat, which is wavy and slightly longer. The third coat is a combination of the German coated and the American soft coated Giant Schnauzer. These dogs are a mixture of wiry and soft. The Giant Schnauzer comes in two colors: black or salt and pepper. If you’re looking for Giant Schnauzer puppies, Giant Schnauzer breeders or a Giant Schnauzer for sale, try using our breeder directory by clicking the button below.

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Fast Facts

Working
11 - 12 years
Germany
Middle Ages
70 - 90 lb
65 - 85 lb
25 - 28"
23 - 26"
Giant Shnauzer, Giant Schnouzer, or Giant Shnowzer.
Munchener, Riesenschnauzer

Giant Schnauzer Temperament

The Giant Schnauzer is intelligent, loyal and loving....

Ever energetic and ready for a game, the Giant Schnauzer makes a great companion for active types, but its rough and tumble attitude may be a bit much for small children. This dog also has highly dominant tendencies, and requires an experienced handler who can show it who’s boss. The Giant Schnauzer is a true guard dog in the sense that it is usually unfriendly to strangers, small pets, or other dogs. Children are acceptable to this dog, especially those in its own family but again, supervision is important during play. The Giant Schnauzer will sound the alarm if it detects anything threatening, and is quite adept at subduing unwanted guests. Proper socialization is important so that the dog does not turn this instinct against everyone who enters the house.

Caring For a Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzers are big dogs with big appetites for exercise....

They do best with two exercise sessions every day. If they don’t get sufficient exercise, they become unruly and are unable to settle down for the night. Their need for exercise and their size makes them unsuitable for apartment life. In fact, acreage is the ideal situation for this dog, as it enjoys having the chance to roam and explore. This breed sheds very little but still needs to be brushed weekly to prevent the undercoat from matting. This breed has little doggie odor and needs to be bathed only when necessary. Clipping the beard, ear, and eyebrow hair is a good idea, and knots should be clipped out as well. The Giant Schnauzer is susceptible to canine hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, hypothyroidism and osteochondritis dissecans.

Giant Schnauzer History

A Brief History of the Giant Schnauzer

Like the Miniature and Standard Schnauzer, the Giant Schnauzer originated in the German kingdoms of Bavaria and Württemburg during the Middle Ages....

Farmers and herders in these regions were impressed with the Standard Schnauzer, but wanted something larger and more powerful. To accomplish this, it is likely they crossed the Standard with several other breeds, including the Great Dane, Bouvier des Flandres, Standard Poodle, Wolf Spitz, and other sheep and cattle dogs. The resulting dog was called the Munchener, and it excelled as a guard dog and cattle herder, with a tough coat to protect it from the elements. Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, the Munchener was put to work as a police dog, and had some considerable success in that field. The breed was recognized as the Giant Schnauzer in 1930 by the American Kennel Club.