Giant Schnauzer

Also Called: Munchener

Giant Schnauzer
Friendliness High
Kid Friendly High
Pet Friendly High
Exercise Needs Significant
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Average
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Medium
Amount Of Shedding Medium

The Giant Schnauzer is a large and powerful breed descended from standard schnauzers and other breeds. They were traditionally used as farm guard dogs and for other forms of guarding and protection. They have strong protective instincts and are highly intelligent.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Working
  • Life Span: 10-12 years
  • Height: 27-30 inches
  • Weight: 65-90 lbs
  • Coat: Dense, wiry and harsh to the touch
  • Coat Colors: Solid black, salt and pepper,Solid black
  • Litter Size: 4-7
  • Family: Working Dog /Guardians, Gun Dog
  • Hypoallergenic: false
  • Recognition: AKC, FCI, UKC
  • Size: Large

Training and Care

Giant Schnauzers require regular brushing and combing, as well as occasional clipping. They need plenty of exercise and can become destructive if not given enough. They are highly intelligent and require an experienced owner for proper obedience training.

Diet and Nutrition

Giant Schnauzers should have a diet rich in high-quality protein to support muscle growth and development. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for skin and coat health. It’s important to select a complete and balanced diet for your dog, as too much or too little of certain nutrients can be harmful.

Health Problems

Giant Schnauzers are generally a healthy breed, but some health conditions can affect the breed, including hip dysplasia, eye issues, Von Willebrand's disease, and hypothyroidism.

Breed History

The Giant Schnauzer was developed in Germany in the late 19th century by combining the Standard Schnauzer, Great Danes, Rottweilers, and other breeds. They were used as guard dogs on farms and for police work. Today, they make excellent family companions.

Where to Buy or Adopt

Giant Schnauzers can be expensive, with prices averaging between $1,500 and $2,000 USD. Reputable breeders should be able to provide health clearances and AKC registration documents. Adoption through a rescue organization is also an option.

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