Giant Schnauzer

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Giant Schnauzer History

The Giant Schnauzer is a medium-large, strong, powerful, muscular, solidly built, shorthaired working and show breed of dog. The Giant Schnauzer originated in the mid-19th century in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, and has been used both as a farm guard and as a military guard. The Swiss Army formerly used the dogs for war patrols. TheGiant Schnauzer is related to the Standard Schnauzer (or “Continental”), and shares the same origins. The Standard was crossed with English, Scotch, and Irish Terriers and Bloodhounds, and with Rottweiler, Doberman, and Bullmastiff stock.

Time of Origin

Middle Ages

Country of Origin


Giant Schnauzer Physical Characteristics

The Giant Schnauzer is a small, large-sized breed of domestic dog. The breed was developed in Germany around 1890 by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher. The Giant Schnauzer is a sturdy, well-muscled, agile, courageous, and self-confident working and herding dog. They are also intelligent, enthusiastic, and devoted family members.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 26 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 60 – 110 lbs

Female Weight Range: 55 – 75 lbs

Giant Schnauzer Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Giant Schnauzer Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Cobalamin Malabsorption, Chronic Anemia, Autoimmune Thyroiditis

Giant Schnauzer Temperament and Behaviour

The Giant Schnauzer is a gentle, mild-mannered, and friendly breed of dog that makes a great family pet. They are lively, confident, and fearless. They are always ready for a good time, but they can also be calm, gentle, and easy-going. They are often protective of their families and are wary of strangers.

Giant Schnauzer Activity Requirements

Giant Schnauzers are a medium to large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. They are strong, intelligent, and loyal, and they make an excellent companion. The Giant Schnauzer is a medium-sized dog, so they don’t need as much exercise as larger breeds. However, they do need regular walks and some time to play outside. If you are looking for a good running partner, the Giant Schnauzer is not a good choice. They are better suited to short, leisurely strolls. While a fenced yard is nice, they are not particularly fond of being confined.

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Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Giant Schnauzer is part of the Working group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Giant Schnauzer is part of the Working group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Giant Schnauzer is part of the Utility group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Giant Schnauzer is part of the Working Dog group.

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