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Giant Schnauzer

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #792015: #812014: #83
Name Giant Schnauzer
Other names Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Origin Germany
Breed Group Working (AKC:1930)Companion Breeds (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years
Temperament DominantIntelligentKindLoyalPowerfulStrong Willed
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm)Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Weight Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg)Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Colors BlackPepper & Salt
Litter Size 5-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1000 - $1500 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 1 starsThe Giant Schnauzer is not suited for apartment life. It is fairly active indoors and will do best with acreage.
Barking Tendencies 3 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 2 stars
Child Friendly 2 starsNot Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also very friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 1 stars
Exercise Needs 5 starsGiant Schnauzers require a lot of exercise, including daily walks and vigorous playtime in the yard. If you do not have time to devote to any of these, this is not the breed for you.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: The Giant Schnauzer’s distinctive look — eyebrows, thick beard, clipped body — doesn’t come naturally. Regular grooming is essential, including brushing, bathing, haircut, nail trim, and ear cleaning.
Health Issues 4 starsGiants are more prone to cancer than most breeds, especially toe cancer which kills many Giants annually even if caught early. They are at increased risk of bloat. Epilepsy is all too common in this breed and hip dysplasia is rampant.Hypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #28. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 4 starsEasy Training: Though the Giant Schnauzer learns fast, it has a slight stubborn streak. Training must be fair and consistent and should not be overly repetitious. Giant Schnauzers are responsive to the sound of their handler's voice. They are versatile, and can learn a variety of activities such as hunting, retrieving, and herding.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Sadie
02 Charlie Molly
03 Bear Zoey
04 Cody Callie
05 Jake Chloe
06 Henry Ellie
07 Riley Roxy
08 Dexter Kona
09 Sam Coco
10 Louie Sasha
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This is a larger, more powerful version of the standard schnauzer. Its body is strong, compact and nearly square, combining great power with agility. Its stride is free and vigorous, with good reach and drive. Its double coat consists of a soft undercoat and a harsh, wiry, dense outer coat — a combination that enables it to withstand harsh, alpine conditions. Its hallmark harsh beard and eyebrows, coupled with its smart outline, make for a striking figure. The combination of rugged build, reliable temperament and weather-resistant coat make for a powerful and versatile worker.

The playful, rambunctious giant schnauzer may be too boisterous for small children, even though it is otherwise very good with children in its own family. It is bold and protective of its family and reserved with strangers. It may be aggressive toward other dogs. This intelligent and exuberant breed is a good choice for an active person wanting a partner in adventure, although at times the giant may try to be the leader.

The Giant Schnauzer is a separate breed from the Miniature and Standard. Their country of origin is Germany. Breeds were developed for specific work in the 1600's; this breed was developed to be used as drovers of sheep and cattle and as a guard dog. Its coat was also influenced by weather and living conditions. Some of the breeds which were used in the development were the Standard Schnauzer, Great Dane, Rough Collies and possibly the Bouvier des Flandres. The breed was not that well known until World War I when it was used for police training.