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Giant Schnauzers

Updated on August 18, 2015
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Giant Schnauzer

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History of the Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer originated in the mid to late 19th century in Bavarian and Wurttemberg, Germany.

Cattlemen wanted larger versions of the Standard Schnauzer for herding and driving.

By breeding the Standard Schnauzer with the black Great Dane, the Bouvier des Flandres, and rough haired sheepdogs, cattlemen and herdsmen were able to create the Giant Schnauzer.

The Giant Schnauzer was a popular herding breed, although many farmers on tight budgets did not have the breed, as they require more resources than the smaller, standard schnauzer.

The dogs were used as a guard dog in breweries and stockyards, police dogs, and during World War I as military dogs.

During World War II, the Giant Schnauzer declined in popularity, but its popularity increased again after the war, when it was used as a drover and as a guard dog.

Giant Schnauzers are commonly found in schutzhund competitions.

Giant Schnauzer Puppies

Giant Schnauzer Appearance

The Giant Schnauzer is 23.5 to 25.5 inches tall at the shoulders.

Schnauzers have a harsh, wiry outer coat and a dense, soft undercoat.

Coatcolor can vary between salt and pepper of gray, black, and white.

The schnauzer is a dog with minimal shedding concerns.

The hair on the face, is a little longer, to where it forms a beard at the muzzle and long eyebrows.

Overall, Schnauzers are robust and sturdy dogs that are heavier for their height.

Traditionally, the ears were cropped and the tail docked.

Giant Schnauzer Temperament

As the Giant Schnauzer is a large, powerful, dominant dog, it needs a firm, consistent hand. Unneccessary harshness will do harm to them, so as an owner or possible owner of a Giant Schnauzer you must, also, be friendly.

Early and consistent training is necessary as the Giant Schnauzer tends to be very willful and are highly intelligent dog. Although, its ability to understand a command, does not always translate into obedience.

Giant Schnauzers are loyal, extremely kind natured, and a good choice people with children.

Giant schnauzers need vigorous exercise at least twice every day. They make good companions for hunters of raccoons, foxes and even deer.

Giant schnauzers are not suitable for apartment life. They are fairly active dogs and do best when they can be provided a decent sized yard.

Giant Schnauzer Health

Common health concerns with Giant Schnauzers include:

  • Autoimmune diseases- hypothyroidism, Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA)-also called Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), SLO, Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Incontinence
  • Toe cancer

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    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I have a miniature Schnauzer that is the love of my life! Enjoyed reading about your Giant.

    • Gunnar22 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I just started writing hub pages and just published my second one. I haven't seen all of yours yet, but I have enjoyed the ones I have seen.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia

      Slowing down at around 10 years is not a problem. It's a sign of old age.

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      9 years ago

      I really love my Giant. Problem is he's almost 10 and getting slower.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Georgia

      Definately agreed. As Giant Schnauzers are very strong dominant dogs, only reputable breeders should be sufficient. Anything less, and the importants may not be 100% known and clear.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      11 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      There was a time when I thought I might want to have one of each. The Mini, the Standard and the Giant Schnauzer but then the standards happened in my life and I didn't get any further. (But it's important to get any these pups from reputable breeders only.)

      Super duper HUB

      regards Zsuzsy


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