Giant Schnauzer Dog Breed

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Giant Schnauzer Dog Breed

About the Giant Schnauzer Dog Breed

Giant Schnauzers were created by breeding Sheepdogs and Great Danes. This breed was used primarily for herding cattle. They are thought to have been bred in Germany sometime in the Middle Ages.

Giant Schnauzer Physical Characteristics

The Giant Schnauzer is a large, tall dog, with long legs, a deep chest, a high tucked abdomen and a long skinny tail. The head and muzzle are square and the natural ears are dropped ‘v’ shape. The ears are commonly cropped to make them erect and the tail is docked. Some of the breed’s distinctive features are its full, eye-covering eyebrows and long beard.


The Giant Schnauzer is most commonly seen in black and salt and pepper.


Short and wiry, and weather resistant.

Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Giant Schnauzer is very loyal and affectionate toward its family. It is an extremely brave and dominating dog, making it an excellent watch dog.

Things to Consider

Giant Schnauzers can be good with children and other dogs if socialized with them from an early age. Obedience training is highly recommended for Giant Schnauzers. This breed is not for the first-time dog owner. Without proper training and handling, this breed has been known to be aggressive when teased.

Giant Schnauzer Care

Ideal Living Conditions

Giant Schnauzers do best in the country, but can live in the city if exercised daily.

Special Requirements

Giant Schnauzers need to be exercised daily.

Giant Schnauzer Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Giant Schnauzers:

Giant Schnauzer History and Background

It was in the rural areas of Wurrtemburg and Bavaria in Germany that the popular Giant Schnauzer originated. The smaller Standard Schnauzer attracted the eyes of the cattlemen, who emulated the breed on a greater scale to drive cattle. They might have crossed smooth-haired, cattle driving dogs with the Standard Schnauzer to produce a wirehaired drover. Soon crosses were made with the Great Dane, rough-haired Sheepdogs, Bouvier des Flandres, Wirehaired Pinscher, the black Poodle, and Wolf Spitz.

Ultimately, the result was the Munchener: a good, smart-looking, and weather resistant dog that could handle cattle. Later the Giant Schnauzer became more popular as a stockyard or brewery guard dog, and as a butcher’s dog.

The breed had a low profile until the First World War, when there were plans to train the dogs for police work. These dogs did really well in their new role in Germany. In recent years, the breed has become a modestly popular pet in the United States.

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