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Giant Schnauzer


Giant Schnauzer Facts

  • Group
  • Working
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 23.5" - 27.5"
  • Weight
  • 70-100 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 10 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Difficult
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Black / White
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

reisenschnauzer, Munchener


The giant schnauzer originated in the Wurttemberg and Bavaria regions of Germany.

Date Of Origin

The breed has been described as far back as 1832.


The giant schnauzer originated in the Wurttemberg and Bavaria regions of Germany where the cattlemen wanted a larger version of the standard schnauzer to use for driving cattle. It was created by breeding standard schnauzer's with Great Danes, rough haired sheepdogs, and Bouvier des Flandres. It was later used as a guard dog at breweries and stockyards, as well as a police dog and in World War 1, military dog. The breed was threatened during World War 2, but was revitalized by fanciers.


The giant schnauzer is a large, powerful, squarely built dog. It resembles the standard schnauzer except in size. It has a long, strong head, dark brown eyes, and a black nose. The ears are clopped erect or naturally button. The tail is docked short and carried high. There is a wiry, dense double coat, with a beard and heave eyebrows.


The giant schnauzer is a brave, even-tempered, and intelligent dog. It is alert and protective. Although it is playful and gentle with friends and family, it can react if provoked. This dog should be supervised with children and other animals.


This dog is used as a cattle drover, guard dog and companion.

Health Concerns

Albinism, epilepsy, eye problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, renal problems.

Additional Information

This dog requires professional grooming every 4-6 weeks.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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