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Giant Schnauzer Breed Information

Giant Schnauzer


Living with a Giant Schnauzer

Temperament: The Giant Schnauzer is a very intelligent and high-spirited dog.

Giant Schnauzer Appearance

Size: The Giant Schnauzer ranges from 25.5 to 27.5 inches tall at the withers for males and 23.5 to 25.5 inches tall for females.

Body: The Giant Schnauzer has a square body proportion, meaning that the length of the body is approximately equal to the height.

Color: The accepted colors for the Giant Schnauzer is solid Black and Pepper & Salt.

Coat: The Giant Schnauzer has a double coat consisting of a wiry outer coat and a soft undercoat.

Giant Schnauzer Facts

Characteristics: The Giant Schnauzer is a highly intelligent dog.

Giant Schnauzer History


All three variations of the Schnauzer were developed in Wurttemburg and Bavaria in Germany. The original size of the Schnauzer was the Standard Schnauzer which dates back as far as the 15th century. It was from the Standard Schnauzer that all of the other variations were created. It is believed that the original Schnauzer was created by crossing the German Pudel, the German variation of the Poodle, with the Wirehaired Pinscher and the German Wolfspitz.

Schnauzers were originally part of the Terrier Group from 1899 to 1945 because of the similarities between the two. The Schnauzer was transferred to the Working Group after it was discovered that the Schnauzer had originally served as cattle tenders and guard dogs. Just prior to World War II the Giant Schnauzer started being used as Police Dogs.

Giant Schnauzers are the newest of the Schnauzer breeds. The Giant Schnauzer was first developed by Bavarian Cattlemen to assist in hearding cattle. The Giant Schnauzer was created by crossing the Standard Schnauzer first with the Bouvier des Flandres and later with the Black Great Dane.

The Giant Schnauzer was first brought to the United States in the 1920s.

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