Country of Origin: Germany
  • Activity Level: high
  • Grooming Level: high
  • Trainability: moderate
  • Adaptability: moderate
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: sometimes
  • Average Size: Large
  • Average Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Prey Drive: high
  • Watchdog: very alert
  • Registered?: aca, akc
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Giant Schnauzer Breed Profile


Life Span







Shoulder height: 23-28 inches. Weight: 55-110 pounds.

10-12 years

Their coat is made up of two layers. The double coat is harsh, hard, and wiry with a soft undercoat. Their coat colors are a solid black or salt and pepper.

The Giant Schnauzer is a loving, happy dog who is very smart. They make great watchdogs and are very alert. They do have a tendency to run the home if rules and training are not set in place from early on.

Schnauzers are very vocal dogs. They are known to bark at even the slightest of noises. They get along well with other people, other dogs, and are great with children. They are gentle giants and would love to be a lap dog if they were a bit smaller.

Coat can be kept in good condition by brushing or combing daily. This will also help to prevent matting.

The Giant Schnauzer has a very dominant personality and does better with a family that enforces structure, daily exercise, and stability. With early training and an owner who takes charge, this dog breed does exceptionally well in an active family environment.

This dog breed needs plenty of activity. They gain weight easily, which can result in many health issues as this breed gets older. Keep in mind that while they are very active, like their smaller versions, they do tire more quickly.