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Giant Schnauzer Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Giant Schnauzer so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginGermany
Group Working Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Giant Schnauzer have? The dog breed also known as...
Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Giant Schnauzer recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Giant Schnauzer recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Giant Schnauzer breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Giant Schnauzer puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Giant Schnauzer price:
$1000-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Giant Schnauzer, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Giant Schnauzer for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Giant Schnauzer gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Giant Schnauzer size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Giant Schnauzer weigh? Giant Schnauzer weight:
Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Giant Schnauzer? Giant Schnauzer average weight:
Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Giant Schnauzer? Giant Schnauzer height:
Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Giant Schnauzer average height:
Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Giant Schnauzer have? What does this canine coat look like?
Wiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Giant Schnauzer's coat?
Pepper SaltBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Giant Schnauzer and how often?
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Giant Schnauzer, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Giant Schnauzer dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Russian Bear Schnauzer? Giant Schnauzer shedding level:
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Giant Schnauzer dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Giant Schnauzer have? What characteristics does the breed have?
DominantKindPowerfulIntelligentLoyalStrongWilled
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Giant Schnauzer? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Giant Schnauzer dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Giant Schnauzer sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Giant Schnauzers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Russian Bear Schnauzer need? Giant Schnauzer social needs:
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Giant Schnauzer dogs bark a lot? Why does my Munich Schnauzer bark?
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Giant Schnauzer good as a watchdog?
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Giant Schnauzer dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Giant Schnauzer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Giant Schnauzer can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Giant Schnauzer will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Giant Schnauzer bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Russian Bear Schnauzer? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Giant Schnauzer? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Giant Schnauzer do?
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Giant Schnauzers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Giant Schnauzer to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Giant Schnauzer roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Giant Schnauzer have high prey drive?
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Giant Schnauzers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Giant Schnauzer good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Giant Schnauzer dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Giant Schnauzer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Giant Schnauzer and children:
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Giant Schnauzer dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Giant Schnauzer good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Giant Schnauzer dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Giant Schnauzer is not the best choice.
Office Friendly
Are Giant Schnauzers good office dogs? Do Giant Schnauzers make good office friendly dogs? Can Giant Schnauzers be ofiice dogs?
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Giant Schnauzer dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Russian Bear Schnauzer temperament with senior people? Are Giant Schnauzer dogs good for elderly owners?
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Giant Schnauzer dogs get along with other pets? Are Giant Schnauzer dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Giant Schnauzer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Giant Schnauzer be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Giant Schnauzer is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Giant Schnauzer be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Giant Schnauzer is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Giant Schnauzer be a 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. Giant Schnauzer is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Giant Schnauzer be a search and rescue dog?
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. The Giant Schnauzer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Giant Schnauzer be a boat dog?
Not really
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Giant Schnauzer be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Giant Schnauzer is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Giant Schnauzer dogs have health problems?
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Giant Schnauzer breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Giant Schnauzer breed? Health risks of Giant Schnauzer:
BloatCancerCataractsElbow DysplasiaGlaucomaHeart ProblemsHip DysplasiaKeratoconjunctivitis SiccaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Giant Schnauzer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Giant Schnauzer be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Giant Schnauzer breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Giant Schnauzers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Giant Schnauzer have?
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Giant Schnauzer dogs require per day?
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Giant Schnauzer need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Giant Schnauzer risk for obesity:
Average. The Giant Schnauzer has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Giant Schnauzer's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold 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.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Giant Schnauzer drool?
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Giant Schnauzer could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Giant Schnauzer. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Giant Schnauzer puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Giant Schnauzer: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Giant Schnauzer have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Giant Schnauzer have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Giant Schnauzer

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Hypoallergenic: Giant Schnauzers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Cons
  • Apartment Friendly: Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Child Friendly: Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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