AKC PuppyFinder: Giant Schnauzer Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Loyal, alert, trainable, with the stable temperament required in big dogs of great strength
- Energy Level: Very Active; More energetic and up-tempo than most big breeds, Giants need lots of exercise
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal, Hypoallergenic
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 25.5-27.5 inches (male), 23.5-25.5 inches (female)
- Weight: 60-85 pounds (male), 55-75 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
A Giant Schnauzer isn't actually a giant, just larger and stronger than a Standard Schnauzer, weighing in at about 95 pounds. He's a powerful, intelligent dog, bred for working as a cattle driver and watchdog. These traits made the breed a favorite in Europe for police training and the military. Your Giant Schnauzer puppy will be alert and trainable, thriving on lots of exercise and a job to do, such as obedience or agility training. He's extremely protective of his family and, unlike many large breeds, needs plenty of high-energy exercise, including a good romp in the yard, walks every day and play with other dogs. Experienced dog owners will be rewarded with a stable, smart and loyal pet.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1930
Breed History & Job Description: The Giant Schnauzer was developed in the Bavarian Alps sometime in the mid-1800s. These rugged working dogs, bred up from the Standard Schnauzer, were used to drive cattle from farm to market. They also served as formidable guard dogs for farmers, merchants, and innkeepers. After railroads rendered cattle drives obsolete, Giants found work as European police and military K-9s. In America, Giants gained renown as eye-catching show dogs, obedience champions, and courageous guardians of home and family.
Giant Schnauzers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and autoimmune thyroiditis. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Giant Schnauzers are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Thyroid Evaluation
- Hip Evaluation
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: Hertha Thomas-Zagari Giant Schnauzer Rescue, Inc.
- Breed Club Rescue Email: email@example.com
- Breed Club Rescue Phone: (303)988-6564
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.giantschnauzerclubofamerica.com/Rescue.aspx