Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer


The Giant Schnauzer originated in Germany as cattle dogs. They were so good at herding it didn't take them long to become sheepherders as well as companions and guardians. They may be a bit rare in the United States at the moment they are starting to see a gain in popularity that will make them fairly common in the coming years.


This breed requires a large amount of exercise and they thrive on family play sessions and work. The Giant Schnauzer needs plenty of room to run and play, so small apartments are not a good idea for them. You will find that you spend almost as much time playing with them as you do caring for them and grooming them, but they will repay your attention with loyalty and companionship.


Because of the Giant Schnauzer's thick coat, they require a large amount of maintenance when it comes to grooming. They need to be brushed weekly to keep them free of tangles and should be professionally clipped at least four times a year. The hair around their ears and eyes should be trimmed regularly as well as keeping their whiskers cleaned after they eat. They are prone to hip dysplasia, cancer, epilepsy, and bloating.


This is a large and powerful breed that is full of elegance and very independent. The Giant Schnauzer is one of the hardiest breeds that can handle the harshest of weather. They are extremely trustworthy and loyal to their family, which makes them good as guardians for your home. They are courageous and determined bringing a bit of pride to their family line.


The Giant Schnauzer has thick wiry hair for their top coat and a dense soft fur for the undercoat. They have longer hair around their muzzles, which forms the notorious beard that all schnauzers have and requires trimming on a regular basis as well as cleaning. They shed little or no hair at all, and their coats come in black or salt and pepper in appearance.


The Giant Schnauzer thrives on human attention and companionship and, because of this, they are very protective and loving of their families however, they do not do well if left alone for too long. Because they are a little high maintenance, the Giant Schnauzer is not recommended for the novice dog owner or families that are not at home throughout the day. They will get along with older, well behaved children but not with other household animals.


The Giant Schnauzer requires early obedience training and socialization as they are a very dominant breed. Because they are such a dominant breed, they require a dominant owner that isn't afraid to take charge. They are easy to housetrain and respond well to respect, firmness, and positive reinforcement. They work out well as police dogs, in therapy, and obedience.