Dog Breed Profiles

Giant Schnauzer

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Dog Breed Group
Working Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Germany for droving cattle. 
Life Expectancy
11 to 12 years 
Color
Salt-and-pepper, black, or black-and-tan. 
Coat
Harsh and wiry coat with no tendency towards softness. 
Exercise Needs
Regular and moderate exercise. 
Temperament
Loyal and protective. May be aggressive with strangers or other animals and if left alone outdoors will instinctively hunt roden 
Good with Children
Gentle and friendly with children 
Grooming Needs
Coat needs to be stripped twice a year to remove dead hairs. 
Average Size - Male (in)
25.5 - 27.5 
Average Size - Female (in)
23.5 - 25.5 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
66 - 78 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
66 - 78 
Health Issues
May suffer from hip dysplasia and other orthopedic problems, as well as from eye diseases.v
Living Conditions
Adapts well to urban living but requires plenty of exercise. 

Breed Description

he name for this breed comes from the German word for muzzle, schnauze, a reference to the distinctive mustache of the breed. The giant schnauzer, largest and most recent of the three Schnauzer breeds, was developed by Bavarian cattlemen who wanted a cattle dog like the standard schnauzer but larger. To produce such a dog, the standard schnauzer was crossed with various working dogs and, later, with the black Great Dane. The giant schnauzer is a robust dog with a wiry coat. It is salt-and-pepper, black, or black-and-tan. Originally a cattle dog, it was later used as a butcher's dog and a brewery guard. Since the beginning of the 19th century, it has been used extensively in German police work.

Breed Infobits

The Giant Schnauzer is related to the Miniature and the Standard varieties.
The word 'Schnauzer' comes from the German word 'schnauze' which means 'muzzle'.
The Giant Schnauzer carries itself with grace and style and has a personality to match.
It is also known as the Riesenschnauzer.

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