Giant Schnauzer Breed Information

Giant Schnauzer  

The protective Giant Schnauzer has life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.

The Giant Schnauzer is a larger version of the Standard Schnauzer and was developed in Germany in the late 1800s. Specifically, the Giant Schnauzer was created by crossing the medium-sized Schnauzer with the Great Dane, Rottweiler and other driving dogs and sheep dogs. The Giant Schnauzer was used for guarding land and people, as well as driving livestock to market and helping around the farm.

The Giant Schnauzer weighs 75 to 95 pounds and weighs 23.5 to 27.5 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Giant Schnauzer has a wiry coat that sheds very little, but requires regular maintenance. The Giant Schnauzer should be brushed a few times a week to prevent their coat from matting. They also need to be taken to the groomer every five to eight weeks for hand stripping or clipping.

The Giant Schnauzer only needs the occasional bath, but should have their beard wiped clean after they eat. Like all dogs, the Giant Schnauzer also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Giant Schnauzer is smart, bold and loyal.

The Giant Schnauzer adores their family and is affectionate and playful with them. Giant Schnauzers bond closely with their family, so much so that they feel a strong obligation to protect them. Giant Schnauzers are devoted and effective watch dogs with a natural alertness and confidence. They tend to dislike other dogs of the same sex and will not back down from a fight. They are also loud, territorial and wary of new people. Fortunately, most well-socialized Giant Schnauzers are adept at discerning between welcome and unwelcome guests.

Training Needs
The Giant Schnauzer is highly intelligent and easily trained. Once the Giant Schnauzer has the basics down, they can go on to participate in agility, herding and tracking. As part of their training, the Giant Schnauzer also needs early socialization with people and other dogs to help them manage their territorial and protective instincts.

Activity Level
The Giant Schnauzer is an energetic working dog that needs plenty of exercise. The Giant Schnauzer should have two long walks every day as well as regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play. They thrive on activities that involve their bodies as well as their minds and will enjoy playing fetch and other games.

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