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Giant Schnauzer

Personality:Loyal, alert, trainable, with the stable temperament required in big dogs of great strength

Coat & Grooming:Virtually non-shedding, the dense, wiry coat does require regular brushing, trimming, and clipping

Energy Level:Very Active; More energetic and up-tempo than most big breeds, Giants need lots of exercise

Originally: Germany

Nicknames: Giant

Size: Large

Meet the Giant Schnauzer

​A well-bred Giant Schnauzer closely resembles the Standard Schnauzer—only bigger. As their name suggests, Giants are imposing. A male might stand as high as 27.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh 95 pounds. The muscular, substantial body is, as the breed’s fanciers put it, a “bold and valiant figure of a dog.” The double coat is either solid black or “pepper and salt.” Familiar characteristics of the Mini, Standard, and Giant are a harsh beard and eyebrows, accentuating a keen, sagacious expression.

What's Their Story?

​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.

What are they Like?

​These magnificent animals have lots going for them: beauty, brains, trainability, athleticism, profound loyalty, work ethic. But, and this is a big “but”: The Giant is a “high-energy, protective, territorial guard dog,” says a prominent breed fancier. “It’s not for the casual owner.” Giants do best with fenced-in running room, regular exercise, and a job to do (such as guarding, carting, agility, or obedience). We recommend Giants for experienced dog owners looking to trade up to the Mercedes-Benz of working dogs.

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