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Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer
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The Riesenschnauzer, or Giant Schnauzer, first made their appearance in the mid-1800s after smaller schnauzers bred with larger dogs like Great Danes. Hailing from the Bavarian Alps, these hard-working farm dogs are also excellent guard dogs, show dogs, and police dogs.


A larger version of the Standard Schnauzer, the Giant Schnauzer has a wiry black or salt and pepper coat that provides weather resistance for the dog. They have a sturdy build and are quite muscular. A typical look for this dog is a beard and bushy eyebrows.

Although called "giant," it is not a giant breed. It is the largest of the three schnauzer breeds.


Giant Schnauzers are loyal and protective dogs. They are highly intelligent, obedient, and affectionate. Daily walks and a large yard are necessary for them to get the stimulation they require. Apartments and small children would not be suitable for this breed due to high energy and their dominant nature.

They are loving pets and are sometimes called "velcro" dogs because of how closely they stick to their owner's side, as they tend to show their owners preference. Be aware that the Giant Schnauzer is untrusting of strangers, and can be territorial as well as potentially aggressive, although it is not typical behavior.


On average, a Giant Schnauzer will live for 12-15 years. Things to look out for in the breed are joint problems, bone disease, as well as cancer and heart issues. Lymphoma, heart attack, and stroke are the top three causes of death for the Riesenschnauzer.


For individuals who suffer from allergies, the Giant Schnauzer is a hypoallergenic breed. They hardly shed thanks to their undercoat, which helps keeps pet dander to a minimum. It is one of the biggest dog breeds with this attribute.

It is necessary to keep their face well-trimmed, or it will quickly get overcome by the hair. The beard will need regular brushing to remove food particles that get trapped in it.


Dominance is the priority when it comes to this breed. Giant Schnauzers must be socialized early on, or the dogs will become territorial and hostile. The owner needs to establish dominance during puppyhood, or the dogs will claim it for themselves.

Riesenschnauzers need consistent training with lots of reinforcement. A Giant Schnauzer with proper socialization, daily exercise, and early training will be a protective pet, loyal companion, and best friend.

Breed Information

Popularity:2018: #80
2017: #80
2016: #79
2015: #81
Breed Group:Working (AKC:1930)
Companion Breeds (UKC)
Life span:10-12 years
Strong 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)
Pepper & Salt
Litter Size:5-8 puppies
Puppy Price:Average $1000 - $1500 USD

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