At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 70 - 95 lbs.

Height: 23.5" - 27.5"

Life Span: 11 - 13 years

Giant Schnauzer

Also know as: Reisenschnauzer

Group: Working

Origin: Germany (Bavaria)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
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.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Giant Schnauzer will need several long walks per day.

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


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