The Giant Schnauzer, like the other 2 varieties is an earnest dog. In some countries it is used as a Police Dog and also often finds vocation as a guard dog. This size schnauzer comes in 2 colour varieties – ‘salt’n’pepper’ and ‘black’, with the latter being by far the most common. In order to maintain the traditional bearded look, these dogs will require regular clipping, but are still gorgeous without clipping.
The Schnauzer is an ancient breed, with historical references to it dating back to as early as 1492. They were previously known as “wire-haired pinschers”, but the name was changed in 1879 in Hanover to the name of an exhibition’s winning dog-“Schnauzer”.
The breed comes in 3 size categories; Miniature, Standard and Giant (shown on this page). Both the Miniature and Giant versions are derivatives of the original Standard sized version.
The Standard Schnauzer was originally bred as a sheepdog, but has also had roles such as guard dog on the wagons of travelling merchants in the 15th and 16th Centuries and watchdogs of the family home. Because of this heritage the breed is particularly alert to out of the ordinary noises and will be sure to alert the household to any strange goings on.
The average lifespan is around 12 years, but they can live for up to 14 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.
They usually grow to about 63-70 cm in height and weigh between 30 and 40 kgs in peak condition.