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Giant Schnauzer

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Size: Large

Weight: 70 - 95 lbs.

Height: 23.5" - 27.5"

Life Span: 11 - 13 years

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; CHD; bloat. Not suitable for inexperienced dog owners. Be sure to obtain your Giant Schnauzer from a reputable breeder to avoid behavioral and health problems.

Origin: Germany (Bavaria)

Also Known As: Reisenschnauzer

Group: Herding

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Giant Schnauzer will need several long walks per day.

Grooming Needs

Your Giant Schnauzer's weather-resistant coat needs brushed several times per week. Shaping and trimming is necessary every 3 - 4 months.


The Giant Schnauzer is known to be a good police and guard dog. It can be dominating and aggressive, so be sure to provide proper obedience training and early socialization. Although playful and rambunctious, Giant Schnauzers can be sociable to strangers, children, dogs and other animals. However, this breed must be introduced as puppies. This breed makes an excellent choice for an active person that wants a companion in adventure. A Giant Schnauzer will be a loyal, protective addition to the household.

Compatibility with Kids

Tends to be too playful for small children.


The Giant Schnauzer originated in the Bavarian countryside where it was developed to aid in cattle herding. The breed gained popularity as stockyard dogs, brewery dogs and police dogs and is likely a mix of the Smooth-Coated German Drovers, black Great Danes, and Rough-Coated Shepherd that were used to herd livestock since the Middle Ages.

Pet Facts

This breed is the result of a cross between the standard Schnauzer, Great Dane and Bouvier des Flandres.

Best Dog Food for Your Giant Schnauzer

Puppy, Diet, Senior & Sensitive Stomach Formulas

Large Breed Puppy 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large Breed Adult 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Senior Select 6 lb. Front Counter

Senior Select Formula

Formulated for dogs 7 years and older.

Reduced Fat 6 lb. Front Counter

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.

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