The Giant Schnauzer is a traditionally working breed, originating from Germany in the 17th century. It is both the largest and least common of the three Schnauzer breeds, the other two being the Miniature Schnauzer and the Standard Schnauzer. Although originally used by farmers to drive cattle and guard farmhouses, the Giant Schnauzer soon found purpose guarding all kinds of various city properties. Its high level of intelligence and fierce loyalty ensured that these dogs soon found police and military applications, where again they flourished. Although giant by name, the Giant Schnauzer is only such in comparison to its Schnauzer relatives, several other breeds significantly larger than this dog. Make no mistake however, these dogs make for intimidating commanders when called upon.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
As with most breeds of high intelligence, it is of paramount importance that the exercise needs of these dogs are met. Failure to provide Giant Schnauzers with at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day will result in them expending their energy in a destructive fashion. Forceful and at times aggressive, Giant Schnauzers are not recommended for first time dog owners as significant training is required to ensure they keep a stable temperament. Early socialisation with other dogs, people, and animals is essential for this breed, as failure to do so will present interaction problems later in life. Their size and athleticism does not lend well to apartment living, a large backyard the ideal environment for a Giant Schnauzer. Due to their size and aggressive tendencies, families with children younger than 12 years of age should consider other breeds.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Squamous Cell Carcinoma.