Giant Schnauzer Breed Summary
Gentle, Calm, Protective, Loyal and Happy
Giant Schnauzers are known for their very powerful looks, however, this does come at a cost, as they have high maintenance coats which need to be groomed very frequently. Additionally, they need lots of daily exercise and for this reason, would better suit a family who has the time and money to look after one of these guys!
They are very agile and strong, which means they often perform well at canine sports. On top of this, they have very lovely personalities, being both calm and gentle which makes them lovely family pets.
Fun Fact: They have often been known to work for the Military and the Police!
|Kennel Club Group||Working|
|Lifespan||12 - 15 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 65cm - 70cm, Females 60cm - 65cm|
|Weight||Males and Females 34kg - 43kg|
|Coat||Coats are Double with a Wiry and Harsh Topcoat|
|Colour||Black, Salt and Pepper|
|Common health issues||Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Hereditary cataracts (HC), Multi-focal Retinal Dysplasia (MRD), Hip dysplasia, Epilepsy, Hypothyroid, Canine melanomas, Bloat/gastric torsion|
|Other Names||Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Russian Bear Schnauzer, Riesenschnauzer|
These dogs are known for their extremely gentle and calm natures. They absolutely love 'hoomans' and will stop at nothing to guard and protect them! They also love to be involved with all aspects of home life, whether that be watching you ironing or guarding you while you're in the shower! However, they don't like being left by themselves or being bored as this can result in destructive behaviours making them fairly difficult to handle. However, for a family with a larger home and lots of open space for these guys to stretch their legs in, Giant Schnauzers make fantastic pets with the ability to provide you with years of joy!
Giant Schnauzers have supposedly been around for hundreds of years and were first developed in Germany in order to drive cattle. However, with the development of railways, the need for this breed diminished. Fortunately, they became extremely popular with 'hoomans' living in towns and cities, where they were given the new duty of guard dogs! And much later on, they were even used by the police forces, sniffing out illegal substances! During the 1960's these pooches finally made their way to the UK, joining the already present Miniature and Standard Schnauzer.