Giant Schnauzer

Working Group

Black Giant Schnauzer lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23.5-25.5 in, Males 25.5-27.5 in

Weight

Females 55-75 lbs, Males 60-85 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Giant Schnauzer originated from Swabia in the Bavarian Alps during the mid-1800's. They were originally bred as multi-purpose farmdogs, tasked with guarding and driving cattle to and from market. It is believed that they were bred up from the Standard Schnauzer, with Great Dane, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Boxer, Bouvier des Flandres, and Thuringian Shepherd added to the mix. Since their origin, Giant Schnauzers have found work as watchdogs, military dogs, police dogs, and companions.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Giant Schnauzers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Loving, affectionate, and loyal to their family

Protective and territorial, making them great guard dogs (and they look the part, too)

Assertive, bold, energetic, and playful- they can be a handful!

Intelligent, dominant, and will likely take advantage of inconsistent or half-hearted training