Giant Schnauzer Dog Breed Information


Giant Schnauzer Quick Facts
Giant Schnauzer
Breed Group: Working Group
Origen: Germany
Nickname: Riesenschnauzer Russian Bear Schnauzer (early 1900s)
Weight: 55-80 lbs
Height: 23-27 inches
Color(s): Solid black or pepper and salt


Giant Schnauzer Appearance

The Giant Schnauzer is a large and more powerful version of the Standard Schnauzer. This breed was originated in Germany. It was created by breeding standard Schnauzer with Great Danes. Itís a large, powerful, and compact dog with almost the same height and length. It has a large strong head with dark brown eyes and a large black nose.

The upper and lower jaws are powerful and well formed. The tail is docked short and carried high. The Giant Schnauzer ears are cropped with pointed tips; they are in balance with the head and not exaggerated in length. Their coat is solid black or salt and pepper. The weight of the Giant Schnauzer is around 55-80 pounds and the height is around 23-27 inches.

Giant Schnauzer Temperament

The Giant Schnauzer is a brave, calm, and extremely intelligent dog. It is alert, courageous, and protective. They are effective watchdog. It is important to ensure that your Giant Schnauzer receives both physical and mental stimulation. The Giant Schnauzer learns quickly, which firm training, but can be very determined and dominant sometime, which makes him best suited for those with some degree of experience.

He is energetic, strongly territorial, and loves his family and feels great responsibility to protect them. They will let their owner know a car or even footsteps approaching the house far before a human would identify. They may be wary with strangers and aggressive toward other dogs.

Is Giant Schnauzer the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Giant Schnauzer needs lots of daily exercise, daily walks, and playtime with another dog or romps in the yard. They especially love been occupied and is a good choice for an active person. This is a working breed and such requires some amount of exercise or troubling behaviors may occur to relinquish that bored state they may have.

He could live outside in temperate to cool climates, but it is best when allowed to divide time inside and outside. The Giant Schnauzer is not suited for apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and will do best with acreage and may be too energetic for small children.

Giant Schnauzer Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Giant Schnauzer is around 10-12 years.

Giant Schnauzer Health problems

The Giant Schnauzer major concern is CHD (Canine hip dysplasia). There are a number of health problems that have been linked to this breed. This includes gastric torsion, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans), Hip and elbow dysplasia, and Ophthalmic disorders such as cataracts, entropion, ectropion, progressive retinal atrophy and retinal dysplasia.

Giant Schnauzer Care and Grooming

The Giant Schnauzer has a huge need for exercise, they have to expend the excess energy or they just can't settle at night. The wiry coat is reasonably easy to care, but the undercoat is dense and it will become matted unless it is combed or brushed weekly with a short wire brush on the regular basis. Trim around the eyes and ears with a blunt-nosed scissor and clean the whiskers after meals. Use dry shampoo regularly and bathe only when necessary.

Giant Schnauzer Shedding

The Giant Schnauzer is a low shedder, and may therefore be suitable for allergy sufferers.