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Giant Schnauzer - Family protection dogs

The Giant Schnauzer is a working breed of dog developed in 17th century Germany. It is the largest of the three breeds of Schnauzer, with the other two being the Standard Schnauzer and the Miniature Schnauzer.

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FAQs & Facts

  • Are Giant Schnauzers good family pets?

    Giant Schnauzers are loyal and affectionate dogs, which are highly intelligent and obedient making them excellent companions and family pets. To ensure a well-balanced family pet, it is important to socialise this breed with other dogs and humans from as early a stage as possible. If unsocialised, this breed can display aggression towards unfamiliar situations, people and other animals. Giant Schnauzers are powerful looking dogs with an imposing air about them.They are sometimes known as a "groomed breed" because they have high maintenance coats which need to be hand stripped several times a year, which should be a consideration if choosing this breed as a family pet

  • Are Schnauzers good family protection dogs?

    Giant Schnauzers are powerful and willful dogs that require stringent training, and require plenty of mental and physical stimulation. Their workability lead to them being using during the Second World War by the German Army as patrol dogs, but it was originally bred with the intention of being a general purpose dog. Their overall workability means they have succeeded in many areas such as police, military, search and rescue and even therapy dogs. Their extreme loyalty to their family makesthem excellent protection dogs.

  • Breed Characteristics

    Height – Male 60-65cm Female 55-60cm
    Weight – Male 30-40kg Female 22-33kg
    Coat Type – Double coat that has a water resistant top layer, with a close dense undercoat There are two accepted coat lengths, standard and long
    Coat Colour – The two most common coat colours are black and tan, and sable.
    Life Span – 9-13 years

  • Are Giant Schnauzers aggressive?

    Aggression is a common trait in Giant Schnauzers which were not properly socialised, and is usually caused by fear. When introduced suitably to cats and other dogs, Schnauzers can live harmoniously with other pets

  • What is the purpose of a Giant Schnauzer protection dog?

    Giant Schnauzers may not be the most common choice for a protection dog, but can be an excellent choice in the right home, if handled properly. They are a bright, sensitive, and responsive dog with whom you will be able to spend time, enjoy grooming, training, and playing with. If you have an active lifestyle and you are looking for a protective and loyal dog devoted to you and your family, then a Giant Schnauzer could be the dog for you.