Giant Schnauzer dogs are large sized versatile working dogs that originated in Germany. These highly active and high maintenance massive dogs do best under the leadership of experienced dog owners.
The breed was developed by the cross breeding of Standard Schnauzer with Great Dane and Bouvier des Flandres dog breeds. Apart from herding, Giant Schnauzer dogs are also used for police and military work. They are also known as Riesenschnauzer and Russian Bear Schnauzer dogs.
Giant Schnauzer dog breed is characterized by a compact and powerful overall appearance accompanied. The deep set eyes, oval in size and carry a wise expression. They are generally dark in color and medium in size.
The ears are naturally V shaped. When cropped, they tend to stand erect with pointed tip. The tail is set high on the back and can be docked. However, tail docking and ear cropping have been declared illegal in certain countries as they are considered inhuman.
Color: Common Giant Schnauzer coat colors are solid black, and salt & pepper.
Height: The average height of these dogs is usually about 26 to 28 inches. On the other hand, female Giant Schnauzers usually grow to about 23 to 26 inches in height.
Weight: The average weight of Giant Schnauzer dogs ranges between 60 to 80 pounds. The bitches are generally 55 to 75 ponds in weight.
Giant Schnauzer breed dogs are prone to Crohn’s disease, Bloating, Hypothyroidism, Epilepsy, Osteocondritis, Hip Dysplasia and other related health problems and dog diseases.
They are also susceptible to eye issues such as Retinal dysplasia, Glaucoma, Cataract etc. Some are also likely to suffer from heart problems, skin problems, allergies or cancers.
Life Expectancy: The average life span of these loyal and trustworthy dogs is generally 12 to 15 years.
Litter Size: The average litter size of Giant Schnauzer dog breed is about 5 to 8 puppies.
The double coat consisting of hard, wiry outer coat followed by a soft and dense under coat requires intensive grooming and care.
The hair coat should be brushed and combed regularly with the help of a short wire brush at least once or twice a week. The low shedding hair coat can be clipped at least four times in a year. It should be hand stripped in case of show dogs.
Clean the eyes and ears and trim the hair around them on a regular basis. In addition, clean your beloved dog’s distinctive beard from time to time, especially after meals. They are relatively free of doggy odor and do not require frequent bathing.
Giant Schnauzer breed dogs are brave, alert, high spirited, good natured, intelligent, dependable, protective and highly energetic in temperament. They tend to learn tricks quickly and hence are easy to train.
Although, they can be strong willed and determined at times. Early socialization is equally important as it helps to avoid overly suspicious behavior and other destructive behavioral problems in dogs.
They are more reliable around older children who understand the merits and demerits of being around a massive dog. They usually get along well with other pets in the house but can be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. Giant Schnauzers make for excellent guard dogs and watchdogs.
The lively and energetic Giant Schnauzer dog breed requires a great deal of vigorous physical exercise. Thus, regular long brisk walks, runs, interactive play sessions and other such activities help to keep these dogs fit, physically as well as mentally.
They also enjoy swimming, hiking and simply love dog sports. Due to the high physical activity demands, Giant Schnauzer dogs are mostly not recommended for apartment life. Lack of adequate exercise and proper attention can compel these dogs to engage in destructive activities.