Giant Schnauzers

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Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzers Overview

Giant Schnauzers are sturdy, loyal, and, well, giant, dogs. Think of them as a sort of super upgrade of the Standard Schnauzer. They are a more powerful version of their kin—the Standard and Mini Schnauzer—but have the same affection and intelligence that runs through their lineage. Their colours are black or salt and pepper and they bear the very same kind of expressive eyebrows and stoic-looking beard. 

Giant Schnauzers were bred in the Bavarian Alps around the 1800s. No task is too big for this dog knowing it had actual mountains to work with once upon a time. Working dogs at heart, they rustled up cattle from the farm off to market. Giants are the result of breeding between Great Danes, among others, to achieve powerful dog. 

Strength is, of course, a key attribute, as is their determination in work, but Giants are also incredibly protective, loyal dogs. They are formidable opponents and guard creatures, often chosen because of their alertness, for high-risk careers in the military and police in Europe. While at home with your family, there’s no real need to give a Giant that sort of responsibility, but it’s an added bonus knowing that they work hard to keep everyone around them safe. 

Did you know?

This German-bred pup’s name in its mother tongue is “Riesenschnauzer,” which literally translates to “the giant.”

Giant Schnauzers Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic*

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
23.5-27.5 in / 55-85 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
12-15 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

1-2 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed weekly with occasional professional grooming

Dog Food

Feeding your Giant Schnauzers

Giant Schnauzers require a proper, balanced diet. Because Giants are such active, working dogs, it’s important to not under feed them as much as it is crucial to remember to not overfeed. Treats are always going to be a useful aid in training your Giant Schnauzer but balance with active, fresh water, too, will go a long way in maintaining their health and happiness. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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