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Giant Schnauzer vs Dutch Shepherd Dog vs Belgian Malinois Comparison - Dog breed selector: Russian Bear Schnauzer or Dutch Shepherd Dog or Malinois? Find the right dog for you

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Name Giant Schnauzer Dutch Shepherd Dog Belgian Malinois
OriginsGermany Netherlands Belgium
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank8052544
Reviews411
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Other Names Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer Dutch Shepherd Dog, Hollandse Herder Malinois
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Foundation Stock Service
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $1000-$1500 $1000-$1200 $1200-$1400

Giant Schnauzer vs Dutch Shepherd Dog vs Belgian Malinois General Appearance Comparison

Size Giant Large Large
Weight Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg) Male: 61-70 pounds (27-31 kg) Female: 52-61 pounds (23-27 kg) Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 65.5 pounds (29 kg) Female: 56.5 pounds (25 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm) Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm) Male: 23.5 inches (60 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Giant Schnauzer vs Dutch Shepherd Dog vs Belgian Malinois Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Wiry Wiry Weather-resistant
Straight
Colors Pepper
Salt
Black
Blue
Brindle
Golden
Grey
Silver
Yellow
Salt & Pepper
Brindle
Cream
Fawn
Black
Grooming
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Dutch Shepherd Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Belgian Malinois requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs shed moderately.
Belgian Malinoiss shed moderately.

Giant Schnauzer vs Dutch Shepherd Dog vs Belgian Malinois Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Dominant
Kind
Powerful
Intelligent
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Affectionate
Alert
Loyal
Obedient
Reliable
Trainable
Active
Alert
Confident
Friendly
Hard working
Protective
Stubborn
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Smart: Dutch Shepherd Dog's has great intelligence.
Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are quite easy to train.
Belgian Malinoiss are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
The Dutch Shepherd Dog is a playful breed.
The Belgian Malinois is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are a social breed.
Belgian Malinoiss are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Dutch Shepherd Dog rarely barks.
Average to high: The Belgian Malinois is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dutch Shepherd Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Belgian Malinois has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Belgian Malinoiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Belgian Malinois is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Belgian Malinoiss have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Belgian Malinoiss are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Belgian Malinoiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Belgian Malinoiss do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Giant Schnauzer vs Dutch Shepherd Dog vs Belgian Malinois Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Belgian Malinoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dutch Shepherd Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Belgian Malinoiss are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Belgian Malinoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dutch Shepherd Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Belgian Malinois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Giant Schnauzer vs Dutch Shepherd Dog vs Belgian Malinois Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Dutch Shepherd Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
No data available Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Belgian Malinoiss are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs have an average exercise need.
Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Dutch Shepherd Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Belgian Malinoiss don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Dutch Shepherd Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Belgian Malinois has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Dutch Shepherd Dog is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Belgian Malinois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Giant Schnauzer vs Dutch Shepherd Dog vs Belgian Malinois Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-8 puppies 6-10 puppies 6-10 puppies

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