Giant Schnauzer Dog Breed Facts & Information

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What's better than a standard schnauzer? Well, a giant schnauzer, of course! Not only does this large breed prove that bigger is better, it's also loyal, active, and always eager to please. Giant schnauzers make a great addition to families on the go. Plus, check out the show-stopping mustache!

The Basics

The giant schnauzer is the largest of the three schnauzer breeds (miniature, standard, and giant). The average male giant schnauzer is 25.5-27.5 inches and weighs 60-85 pounds. Females are 23.5-25.5 inches and weigh 55-75 pounds.

These dogs are quite substantial in size! Hailing from the working group, giant schnauzer have strong and muscular bodies, equipped for high levels of activity. They have a lifespan of 12-15 years, producing an average of 5-10 puppies.

Some giant schnauzer are prone to cancer more than other breeds while epilepsy and hip dysplasia are also quite common in this breed.

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The History

The giant schnauzer was originally developed in Germany to drive cattle while some served as guard dogs. These large beauties are most likely the result of mixing Standard Schnauzers with larger, smooth-coated dogs, sheep dogs and the black Great Dane.

Like German Shepherds in the U.S., giant schnauzer became prominent police dogs in Germany in the early 1900s. In Germany, the giant schnauzer is called the "Riesenschnauzer", which means "the giant."

The Personality

Providing the best of both worlds, the giant schnauzer is calm and loving like a companion dog while maintaining the assertive boldness and energy of a guard and working dog. Giants are protective of their families, including small children and can be distrusting of strangers. They have a relentless and imposing bark when they perceive anything out of the ordinary.

As highly intelligent animals, giant schnauzer are fiercely independent and require an experienced trainer that is firm yet calm and consistent. A giant schnauzer will attempt to run the household if not properly trained as a submissive to their owner.

Exercise is imperative with this particular breed. They are quite athletic and active and require channeled activity to focus their energetic and busybodies.

The Appearance

Closely resembling the standard schnauzer, giants are simply bigger. They have a substantially muscular body with a double coat that is either solid black or "pepper and salt." Their faces feature a memorable mustache and beard combination with pronounced eyebrows and a twinkle in their dreamy brown eyes.

The giant schnauzer's coat should be brushed 3-4 times each week with a stiff-bristle brush in order to prevent mats from forming on the undercoat. Some groomers recommend hand-stripping the coat twice a year to maintain the proper texture.

Giant Schnauzer essential facts list:

  • *Personality: *Loyal, alert, trainable
  • *Energy Level: *Very active; more energetic and up-tempo than most big breeds, Giants need lots of exercise
  • *Barking Level: *Barks when necessary
  • *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

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