Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

Breed Description +

Intelligent, active, and alert dogs. Giant Schnauzers seem to enjoy dog sports such as agility, tracking, herding, carting, rally and competitive obedience. Stubborn tendencies may be lessened by using reward-based training involving small treats and favorite toys. Good guard dogs; can be reserved around strangers and may require careful socialization to prevent or reduce defensive aggressive tendencies.
  • AKC Name:

    Giant Schnauzer

  • Common Name(s):

    Riesenschnauzer, Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener Dog

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  • Observed Weight:

    59 - 97 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    66 - 88 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 23 - 27 in


The Giant Schnauzer originated during the Middle Ages in Germany, France and Switzerland – specifically in the areas of Bavaria and Wurttenberg. Cattle ranchers needed a larger breed that could effectively herd their cattle. The Giant Schnauzer was developed by selectively breeding the smaller Standard Schnauzer for a breed of a larger size. Great Dane and the Bouvier des Flandres influenced its large size and the resulting dog was called the Munchener. It excelled as a guard dog and cattle herder, with a tough coat to protect it from the elements. Giant Schnauzers were introduced to the United States during the early twentieth century and were used extensively as police and war dogs. Though recognized in 1930 by the American Kennel Club, until the 1960’s the Giant Schnauzer was a rare and little known breed.

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