Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Weight: Female: 25–34 kg, Male: 27–48 kg
Height: Female: 60–65 cm, Male: 65–70 cm
Temperament: Strong Willed, Kind, Loyal, Intelligent, Dominant, Powerful
Colors: Black, Salt & Pepper
Nature and character
The Giant Schnauzer is a robust and powerful dog, which develops great pleasure in physical work and can therefore be trained well. He shows his owner an incorruptible loyalty, a high comprehension and a good obedience. The giant schnauzer is extremely resistant and insensitive to external weather conditions and diseases. He is in spite of his temperamental nature a balanced animal, but also needs such a calm guide. The Giant Schnauzer relies on a lot of exercise in the open air and gets along badly with insufficient spout
As a family and companion dog, the giant schnauzer proves to be an affectionate and affectionate animal, always attentive to its caregivers and, in turn, needs a lot of attention. He is spirited and playful, but without showing restlessness. He also gets along well with children. The Giant Schnauzer is brave and watchful without showing aggressive behavior. Unlike some other breeds, the giant schnauzer usually retains its well-balanced nature until old age.
Activities with the Giant Schnauzer
Due to its physical robustness, its high stamina and above-average performance, the Riesenschnauzer is traditionally used as a service and protection dog. In addition to the use as a police dog, the standard dog breed is also used in the customs service as well as explosives and drug discovery dog. In addition, the attentive and adaptable Giant Schnauzer is also trained as a guide dog. With his balanced, playful and affectionate manner, he is also well suited as a family dog, but it should be noted that he needs a high degree of movement.
Origin & History
The Giant Schnauzer comes from southern Germany, where it was originally used as a drooling dog for cattle herds. In addition, the giant schnauzer 150 years ago accompanied the brewery carriages as a reliable watchdog, which earned him the epithet Bierschnauzer.
At the beginning of the 20th century, breeders began to promote the valuable characteristics and high performance of the breed targeted. In the year 1909 the giant schnauzer was exhibited for the first time and with great success in Munich. After military service in the First World War, the breed was recognized in 1924 as a service dog breed. Since then, the physically enduring giant schnauzer has been used successfully as a police and rescue dog.
Racial characteristics Giant Schnauzer
According to this standard, the ideal height at the withers is 60 cm to 70 cm with a weight of 35 kg to 47 kg. The Giant Schnauzer has a large and strong appearance, which looks rather stocky than slim. It resembles an enlarged and powerful image of the Schnauzer and is bred in black and pepper salt.
The Giant Schnauzer is built square with a height at the withers, which corresponds approximately to the hull length. The total length of the head corresponds to half the back length. The head is strong and elongated without too much prominent occipital bone and should fit the appearance of the dog. The forehead is flat with a brow clearly marked by the brow.