Height: 23.5-27.5 inches
Weight: 70-95 lbs.
Life Span: 11-13 yrs.
Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Giant schnauzers make excellent police and guard dogs. They're large, powerful,
and want to dominate, so the private owner will need to have experience
with the schnauzer and make sure extensive obedience training begins early.
Some giant schnauzers get along well with other dogs and cats, but some
are very aggressive. They will socialize with strangers, children, and other
dogs and animals, but must be introduced to them from puppyhood.
The giant schnauzer's weather-resistant outercoat is hard, wiry, and very
dense; its undercoat is soft. Coat color is either solid black or salt-and-pepper.
Facial features include bushy eyebrows and a long, coarse beard.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Giant schnauzers should be brushed and combed twice a week and trimmed every
three months. They need several long walks daily.
The giant schnauzer, developed in Germany in the Middle Ages for herding
cattle, may be the result of a cross between the standard schnauzer, the
Bouvier des Flandres, and the black Great Dane.
The giant schnauzer can be very aggressive. Choose a reputable breeder concerned
with temperament as well as health.
The giant schnauzer is not a good choice for inexperienced dog owners or
for anyone who is not interested in intensive training and strong leadership.
Breed-related health concerns include hip dysplasia.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club