Giant Schnauzer

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Giant Schnauzer

Here comes Giant Schnauzer. Originated in Germany, these energetic dogs are historically multipurpose farm dogs for supervising human property and driving animals to places farmers want them. Though not critical gourmets as they are, owners should pay attention their food quality. Owners should also concern about dogs’ overweight problems. Giant Schnauzers are in good health on condition that they’re under a specified range of weight.

Other Names Riesenschnauzer
Height Males: 25-28 inches. Females: 23-28 inches.
Weight Males: 75-104 pounds. Females: 75-104 pounds.
Life Span 12-15 years
Personality Loyal, Alert, Trainable
Exercise Needs Lots of Activity
Popularity #71
Groom Needs Daily Brushing
Kids Friendly Yes with supervision
Dog Friendly Yes with supervision
Watch Dog Yes
Family Dog
Litter Size 5-8 puppies

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Absolutely wonderful dogs are the Giant Schnauzer, this working breed dog that thrives on being a show dog or a service dog. He makes a wonderful companion and guardian of his owners. His coat is either black or salt and pepper color. He is known to be loyal and alert, strong-headed, but also highly trainable. Even with all these wonderful character traits, this breed is a lesser-known breed. The word ‘giant’ might appear in his name, but he’s not really a giant of a dog compared to the Great Danes and Irish wolfhounds, so to speak. Don’t think about apartment living for this dog though, it’s not going to work. These dogs can stand as high as 27.5 inches and can weigh around 100 pounds. They need plenty of activity to keep them in good condition. Usually, Schnauzers are often recognized by their distinguished look that regular trimming allows them, and which emphasizes their beards, their feet, and their eyebrows. Their long, soft hair can be a breeding ground for nasty ticks and foxtails and you don’t want that. Careful brushing is critical for Giant Schnauzers health. And so is training and socializing important because they have strong wills and are confident dogs. If you keep a giant schnauzer and you don’t give him the attention and care he needs, you can expect him to dig holes, destroy shoes, and raise a racket with barking, etc. – that’s not because he is being naughty, that’s because he is bored.

Living with Giant Schnauzer

Here comes a Giant Schnauzer. He looks distinctive as he comes with clipped eyebrows, beard and body. So get him brushed and groomed regularly is essential. Owners need to groom them every six to eight weeks. And groom every week to keep their coat in good appearance. Their ears and eyes should also be checked to avoid infections.

Large as they are, Giant Schnauzers are not lazy. They’re energetic and upbeat all day long. So they needs lots of daily exercise. Suitable for walking, running, swimming, etc. They love it when accompanying owners playing any games, such as hide and seek or tennis-ball chase. 

For Giant Schnauzer puppy, it is of great importance to stick to the same feeding routine in case of terrible tummy upsets. Older Giant Schnauzers are not picky gourmets. But owners should also feed them with premium and healthy diet. Twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening should be available. Good feed schedule always keeps them in good health.

Giant Schnauzers are normally very healthy. But careful owners will take them to the vet to rest assured that there’s no infections or diseases. Mostly common diease of Giant Schnauzers is hip dysplasia or thyroid issues. 

Total Annual Cost: $2915

Cost is estimated for the first year and may vary depending on many factors, such as dog food, health care, leash, collar, licensing, possible fencing, crates, training and obedience classes, dog-walking, grooming, treats, toys, flea, tick, and heart-worm meds, microchips, etc.

Good trainings are required for Giant Schnauzers to behave well. Their training should contain outdoor exercise to make them more socialized and strong. Owners need to concern more about their training environments like fenced-in running room. Walks and activities should be outdoor places that provide mental and physical exercise. They perform well in carting,herding,agility,coursing ability tests, andobedience.


The Giant Schnauzer originates from Germany. Some originated from the neighboring kingdoms of Bavaria and Wurttemberg.

In the US where some Giant Schnauzers live, it gets a bit hot for them. That’s why some owners of the Giant Schnauzer shave their dog’s legs to give them some relief in the hot summer months, allowing their hair to grow back in the wintertime. 

In earlier years, they served as carting dogs, a role that took advantage of their big, muscular bodies. 

During both of the World Wars, the Giant Schnauzer was used as a guard, trench, and messenger dog. Unfortunately, their numbers decreased at this time.

The first Giant Schnauzers were imported to America in the 1930s, but they remained rare until the 1960s when the breed became popular.

They are used in police work in Germany but in the USA, the only reason they didn’t become well known as police dogs is that the German Shepherds beat them to it.

The Giant Schnauzer Club of America was founded in 1962. Today, the breed ranks quite on the list of breeds and varieties registered by the American Kennel Club.

Helpful Information

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