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Giant Schnauzer

 

The Giant Schnauzer is one breed that feels the need for speed. These versatile dogs crave adrenaline and have an undeniable herding instinct. They're strong, too! German herders developed the breed to drive cattle; they also pulled produce carts to market.

Today, Giant Schnauzers are valued guard dogs and companions. Some also serve in law enforcement.

Originally from Germany, this large-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 55-85 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Working breed group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginGermany
Breed groupWorking
Average lifespan12-15 years
SizeLarge
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking82
FamilyLivestock dog
Date of originMiddle ages
Original function Cattle herding
Today's functionSecurity
Average size of maleHeight: 25.5-27.5 Weight: 65-90
Average size of femaleHeight: 25.5-27.5 Weight: 65-90

 

Other nameNone
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Somewhat affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Shy
Friendliness toward other pets Shy
Friendliness toward strangersShy
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Very protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A GIANT SCHNAUZER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Steady and reliable, Giant Schnauzers are intelligent, devoted, and very brave. They can also be quite playful and affectionate. Their size and energy level means that they'll do best with supervised children and other dogs. They can be shy or standoffish with strangers and don't usually do well with other pets.

WHAT IS GIANT SCHNAUZER BEHAVIOR LIKE?

These alert and active dogs have an imposing presence. Your Giant Schnauzer will need regular exercise and lots of it. This is an energetic, powerful, and rugged working breed. They make for vigilant, dependable, territorial, and very protective watchdogs.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A GIANT SCHNAUZER?

Giant Schnauzers are very trainable. But like most smart and stubborn dogs, they have something of an independent streak. You'll want to be sure you have a fenced-in space for your furry friend to run in, and preferably a job for this diligent working dog to do — they're great at obedience, agility, and carting work.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO GIANT SCHNAUZERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Giant Schnauzers have wiry and dense medium-length double coats. They shed seasonally, but they don't shed much. Plan for daily brushing and regular clipping and trimming or stripping. Bathe as needed.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO GIANT SCHNAUZERS HAVE?

Giant Schnauzers are a hardy breed. Some may develop eye ailments, hip dysplasia, or autoimmune diseases.

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