General Information

Dog NameGiant Schnauzerz
Other NamesRussian Bear Schnauzer
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
Breed ForWorking in farm
Country of OriginGermany

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span15
Min Ideal Weight for male27
Max Ideal Weight for male34
Min Ideal Weight for female24
Max Ideal Weight for male34


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentIntelligent, Alert, Loyal
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyLow
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyLow
Dog FriendlyLow
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginGermany
Nicknames and Other NamesRussian Bear Schnauzer
Munich Schnauzer
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupWorking Group
Guardian Dog
Bred ForWorking in farm
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, UKC, NZKC,
Life Span12-15 years
Ideal WeightMale: 60-85 pounds
Female: 55-75 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 25.5-27.5 inches
Female: 23.5-25.5 inches
Fur TypeWiry and dense
Common ColorsPepper and Salt
AvailabilityCommonly available
AchievementsMilitary Dogs
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarUsed in World War I and II
as a military dogs
Most Similar ToStandard Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer dog is the largest breed of the three Schnauzer that is, Miniature, Standard, and Giant. They are a working dog with high energy. Because of his giant body, Giant Schnauzer gives the impression of a powerful and tough dog. They are a strong muscular dog which is developed for a high level of activities.

Giant Schnauzer coat is long, harsh and dense with a soft underlayer. The outer layer is neither flat nor smooth. Giant Schnauzer body is muscular and they have a harsh beard and eyebrow giving them sagacious expression. The eye looks dreamy with a twinkle and it is brown in color. Their tail is short and thick.

Origin and History

The Giant Schnauzer was originated in the mid-1800s in the Bavarian Alps. They were originally bred to drive cattle to the market from the farm. Giant Schnauzer are the mixed breed of a rough-haired sheepdog and black Great Danes. They are also believed to be closely related to Bouvier des Flandres

When Bouvier des Flandres was no longer used to drive livestock in the farm, they were used by butchers as a guard dog. In America, Giant Schnauzer was famous as a show dog, obedience champion and very courageous guardian family dog.

Giant Schnauzer History
An old picture of Giant Schnauzers.
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Is Giant Schnauzer Child-Friendly?

Giant Schnauzer is a big dog and it is not recommended in a house with toddlers and small children. This dog should not be brought in a house with children below 10 or 12 years.

The older children should be supervised and should be taught to approach dogs. Younger children should be supervised too if you are keeping Giant Schnauzer with small children.

Giant Schnauzer With a child
Giant Schnauzer sleeping with a baby.
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Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The Giant Schnauzer is of alert temperament. They are easy going but some can be high strung. As a working dog, he has a high activity level and work all day. They are best suited for an active owner who do alot of physical activities.

Behavior: The Giant Schnauzer a loyal and loving dog with his family but they show aggressive behavior around strangers and other pets. Therefore, small cats, dog, and same-sex dogs should be kept away from him. They should be kept busy and active. Otherwise, you get to see his destructive behavior when bored.

Personality: Giant Schnauzer has a spirited personality who loves to work and be engaged in something. They are alert and makes a great guard dog who does not let anyone come near their territory. They tends to bark if they see any suspicious activity going around.


Giant Schnauzer training varies from dog to dog. They should be trained from an early age so that they grow up to be obedient dog. A not so well-trained Giant Schnauzer can be a challenging dog at home.

Establish a firm leadership, full consistency and use positive methods of training from an early age. Always be gentle and reward them with treats, words praise and light pat o their back. This will motivate and encourage your dog to be a well-mannered pet.


  • The American Kennel Club recognized Giant Schnauzer in 1930 as a member of Working Group.
  • Giant Schnauzer ranked 79 of 193 registered breed as of March 2019.
  • As Giant Schnauzer is an intelligent dog, they are even accepted in military work.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesCatarcats, Cancer, Hip Dysplasia,
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca,
Progressive Retinal Atrophy,
Elbow Dysplasia, Glaucoma
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingNone to Minimal
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 29%
Fat: 12%

The average life expectancy of Giant Schnauzer dog is between 10-12 years. They are potential for suffering from a genetic health problem. Due to their large size, they are prone to different canine diseases like:

  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a disease caused by the improperly developed hip joints. The undeveloped joints can cause a lot of pain making it hard to move from one place to another.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: This is cancer that usually occurs on the toes of dark-haired dog, including Giant Schnauzer. If lameness is seen on your dog than immediately visit your vet for the proper check-up.
  • Bloat
  • Elbow Dysplasia


Giant Schnauzer comes in the following colors with no marking on the coat:

  • Black
  • Pepper and Salt
  • fawn
  • Black and Tan


Giant Schnauzer puppy
Giant Schnauzer puppy
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Cost: The average cost of a Giant Schnauzer puppy is from $400 to all the way up to $2600. The price varies from the type of breeders.

Height and Size: The average height of a male Giant Schnauzer is 25.5-27.5 inches and female is 23.5-25.5 inches. They are a large sized dog with an average weight of the male 60-85 pounds and the female 55-75 pounds.

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