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.
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.
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.
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.