Giant Schnauzer


Developed in Germany, the Giant Schnauzer is joined in the Schnauzer breed by the Miniature and Standard Schnauzers. Through crossings with smooth-coated cattle dogs, sheepdogs, Great Danes, and probably others, the breed developed into a capable cattle and driving dog who could withstand varying weather conditions; butchers and breweries also used them as guard dogs. The intelligent dogs later excelled as trained police dogs during World War I.


Large; females 231/2 to 251/2 inches, 65 to 80 pounds; males 251/2 to 271/2 inches, 80 to 95 pounds.


Solid black or pepper and salt.


Bold and protective, reserved with strangers; playful and boisterous. Happy when working. May herd children or tend toward overprotective.

Energy level:

Medium to high.

Best owner:

Confident and firm with time to dedicate to training and companionship.


Daily exercise and play, obedience training, fenced yard; daily beard cleaning, weekly combing and professional shaping twice a year.

Life expectancy:

10 to 12 years.