- Dogs suitable for experienced owners
- Extra training required
- Generally healthy breed
- Enjoys vigorous walks
- Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
- Giant dog
- Some drool
- Requires grooming every other day
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
- Might not like other dogs
- May need additional training to live with other pets
- May need additional supervision to live with children
- Needs a large garden
- Can live in semi-rural areas
- Can be left occasionally with training
|Weight:||Adult males 27-48kg, adult females 25-34kg|
|Height:||Adult males stand at 65-70cm, females are around 60-65cm|
|Colours:||Black or pepper and salt (dark iron grey to light grey with hairs banded dark/light/dark)|
|UK Kennel Club Groups:||Working|
|Easy to train:||5/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||2/5|
|Likes other pets:||3/5|
The Giant Schnauzer should look strong, alert and imposing, but be good-natured in temperament. A natural watchdog, they will be vocal to get your attention if necessary, and will need polite introduction to new people rather than assuming friendship on sight!
If well socialised, the Giant Schnauzer can get on well with other animals, but are generally better with dogs of the opposite sex.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Germany
The original ancestor of the Giant Schnauzer is unsurprisingly, the Standard Schnauzer. Cattlemen from Bavaria found they needed a larger dog for working their cattle over long distances and created the breed using other pastoral types including Great Danes, Rottweilers and possibly the Bouvier des Flandres. Since then this tough, working breed has found popularity as a very effective police and security dog.
Did You Know?
- The Giant Schnauzers moustache and beard are so important to the breed it is actually where their name originates. The term comes from the German word for ‘snout’ and colloquially means ‘moustache’ or ‘whiskered snout’.