Giant SchnauzerThe Giant Schnauzer is a close resemblance to the Standard Schnauzer, only larger. They are not a giant breed, but simply the largest of the Schnauzer breeds.

They are muscular and strong working dogs that are loyal, courageous, intelligent and playful. A big dog with a big personality.


The Giant Schnauzer is originally from Germany and one of three Schnauzer breeds. The Schnauzer breeds are the Miniature Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer and the Giant Schnauzer.

The Giant Schnauzer was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930. The Giant Schnauzer Club of America was founded in 1962.


The Giant Schnauzer is a member of the American Kennel Club‘s working group of dogs.


The Giant Schnauzer is 23.5 to 27.5 inches at the shoulder and they weigh 55 to 85 pounds.


There are two standard colors for the Giant Schnauzer, which are salt and pepper, or black. There are no standard markings for the Giant Schnauzer.


They are loyal, smart, alert and trainable with a stable temperament and they are good with children but they will need supervision around children and other dogs.


They are very active dogs and they require lots of exercise each day to release all of the energy they have.

They will need daily walks along with playtime or sports such as agility or obedience trials. This dog breed loves to have a job to do.


The Giant Schnauzer’s average lifespan is 12 to 15 years of age. Although they are generally healthy dogs, they are prone to hip dysplasia, eye diseases and autoimmune thyroiditis.


Has a double coat and is a seasonal shedder. Use a deshedding brush when they are shedding to remove the loose hair.

Other Grooming

You should trim your dog’s nails regularly to help prevent cracking and splitting. Their ears should be cleaned once a week to keep them clean and prevent infection, and brush their teeth a few times each week.


These large dogs are eager to please their owners and they learn very quickly. Be consistent and use positive reinforcement.

They can excel at agility, obedience trials, herding, tracking and pulling a cart with proper training.

Separation Anxiety

This dog breed can do well alone at home if you exercise them well before leaving. Without releasing their energy, bad behaviors will appear through destructive chewing and barking,


If you are interested in the Giant Schnauzer dog breed, please consider adoption. There are many purebred dogs and puppies that are available for adoption.Search for a Giant Schnauzer rescue group in your area by starting here at PetFinder.

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