A well-bred Giant Schnauzer closely resembles the Standard Schnauzer—only bigger. As their name suggests, Giants are imposing. A male might stand as high as 27.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh 95 pounds. The muscular, substantial body is, as the breed’s fanciers put it, a “bold and valiant figure of a dog.” The double coat is either solid black or “pepper and salt.” Familiar characteristics of the Mini, Standard, and Giant are a harsh beard and eyebrows, accentuating a keen, sagacious expression.
- Personality: Loyal, alert, trainable, with the stable temperament required in big dogs of great strength
- Energy Level: Very Active; More energetic and up-tempo than most big breeds, Giants need lots of exercise
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal, Hypoallergenic
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 25.5-27.5 inches (male), 23.5-25.5 inches (female)
- Weight: 60-85 pounds (male), 55-75 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
The breed was originally developed in Germany as one of the three distinct Schnauzer breeds, Miniature, Standard and Giant.All Schnauzers had their origins in the neighboring kingdoms of Wurttenberg and Bavaria.
These are agricultural sections where the raising of sheep and livestock were a major occupation. Livestock had to be driven to market, and the Schnauzer was the aid to the shepherd.For many years the Giant Schnauzer was called the Munchener, and it is widely known as a great cattle and driving dog. The breed was also used as a guard dog being in the possession of the butchers and the breweries.
During World War I the breed was recognized in Germany for its intelligence and trainability becoming one of the breeds utilized since for police training.
The Giant Schnauzer should resemble, as nearly as possible, in general appearance, a larger and more powerful version of the Standard Schnauzer, on the whole a bold and valiant figure of a dog. Robust, strongly built, nearly square in proportion of body length to height at withers, active, sturdy, and well muscled. Temperament which combines spirit and alertness with intelligence and reliability. Composed, watchful, courageous, easily trained, deeply loyal to family, playful, amiable in repose, and a commanding figure when aroused. The sound, reliable temperament, rugged build, and dense weather-resistant wiry coat make for one of the most useful, powerful, and enduring working breeds.
Compact, substantial, short-coupled, and strong, with great power and agility. The height at the highest point of the withers equals the body length from breastbone to point of rump. The loin section is well developed, as short as possible for compact build.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Giant Schnauzer is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The breed requires regular grooming, including brushing and stripping, so owners should be prepared to spend time maintaining the breed’s coat beyond the weekly brushing and the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and autoimmune thyroiditis. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Giant Schnauzers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Giant Schnauzer can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.
These magnificent animals have lots going for them: beauty, brains, trainability, athleticism, profound loyalty, work ethic. But, and this is a big “but”: The Giant is a “high-energy, protective, territorial guard dog,” says a prominent breed fancier. “It’s not for the casual owner.” Giants do best with fenced-in running room, regular exercise, and a job to do (such as guarding, carting, agility, or obedience). We recommend Giants for experienced dog owners looking to trade up to the Mercedes-Benz of working dogs.