The Giant Schnauzer is a large working breed that resembles the Standard Schnauzer. This breed is loving, protective and has a hypoallergenic coat.
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Finding a Giant Schnauzer
- Strong, compact, muscular build
- Rectangular head with beard
- Large, black nose; medium-sized, deep-set eyes
- Coat: Rough, wiry, waterproof hair; stiff beard and eyebrows
- Solid black or salt-and-pepper in color
- Height: 23.5-27.5 inches
- Weight: 70-77 pounds
- Average lifespan: 10-12 years
- Smart, energetic, dependable, aware, loyal, watchful, playful, reliable
- Interaction with people: Good family dog; good with mature children
- Interaction with animals: Can be aggressive toward other dogs
- Training: Easily trained
- Protection: Very protective of its human family
- Addison's Disease and Cushing's Disease (both hormonal disorders)
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Osteochondrosis dessecans (defect in cartilage)
- Ophthalmic disorders (including cataracts, entropion, ectropion, progressive retinal atrophy and retinal dysplasia)
- Patellar luxation
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments
- Needs daily exercise
- Comb or brush twice weekly
- Needs professional trimming throughout the year
- Used as German police dogs in World War I; still used for policing in Germany today
- Coat is weather-resistant and can withstand the harshest natural elements
- The German name of the Giant Schnauzer is Riesenschnauzer, meaning "the giant."
- Native to rural Bavaria, Germany's oldest state
- Once popular as butcher's dogs, stockyard dogs, and brewery guard dogs
- Was originally called the munchener