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Schnauzer (Giant)

Strong, imposing, and business-like, the Giant Schnauzer is a powerfully built, square framed dog with a coat that is harsh and protective in texture. This working dog is an affectionate and loyal companion, but they’re also full of energy and stamina. If you don’t mind play sessions several times a day, this is the dog for you.

12-15 years
Adult males 27-48kg, adult females 25-34kg
Adult males stand at 65-70cm, females are around 60-65cm
Black or pepper and salt (dark iron grey to light grey with hairs banded dark/light/dark)
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • 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
Generally healthy breed

As with many breeds, the Giant Schnauzer can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Gastric dilatation volvulus
- Panosteitis 
- Hereditary cataracts which is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and this can result in blindness. 
- Hypothyroidism¹ where the thyroid gland is underactive and does not product enough thyroid hormone. This can result in low energy levels, weight gain and skin problems. 
- Urinary incontinence² which is a condition where urine start to leak involuntarily. 
- Epilepsy which is a condition where abnormal brain function can lead to seizures which damage the brain. 
- Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of cancer that originates from a particular type of skin cell. This cancer often develops in a dog's digits.
- Dilated cardiomyopathy which is a condition where the heart muscle becomes progressively weak and cannot beat properly.
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Eye screening scheme

¹L. J. Kennedy, 'Association of canine hypothyroidism with a common major histocompatibility complex DLA class II allele', 2006, Tissue Antigens
²S. Arnold, 'Urinary incontinence in castrated bitches. Part 1: Significance, clinical aspects and etiopathogenesis', Jan 1997 Europe PMC


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. 

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’.
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