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Schnauzer (Giant)

Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Schnauzer Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Liz Maclaine
Phone: 9397 1043

Brief History

The Giant Schnauzer is the largest of the three Schnauzer sizes and originally used for droving by South German cattle farmers. It is believed existing local cattle dogs were crossed with Standard Schnauzers, perhaps the black Great Dane and most likely the Bouvier des Flandres.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 12 to 16 years.


Giant Schnauzers are alert, trainable and reliable working and guard dogs. They may be somewhat aloof with strangers, but in general they are a self-assured dog.

General Breed Description

The Giant Schnauzer is large, powerful, and square in build. He is a very imposing and powerful dog with a bushy beard and eyebrows. He went from being a cattle farmer’s dog to a brewery and butcher shop guard, police dog, war dog, and a family protector. The colours are mainly pure black but can be a pepper and salt colour.

Coat and Care Requirements

The Giant Schnauzer has a double coat which is harsh and wiry. The leg hair, beard and eyebrows are scissored, and rest of the dog is stripped but most pet people get their dogs professionally groomed and clipped. A regular brush and occasional bath will keep him looking good between full grooming sessions.


Height: Males: 65 to 70cms (25.5 to 27.5ins) Female: 60 to 65cms (23.5 to 25.5ins) 


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Giant Schnauzer is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD), Elbow Dysplasia (ED).


An excellent dog for those who will train and maintain leadership. A very versatile breed, capable of great speed and endurance.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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