Once known as the “Munich Schnauzer” after it’s place of origin, the Giant Schnauzer is the tallest of the three Schnauzer breeds.
Highly valued at one time for it’s exceptional herding and droving abilities, the Giant Schnauzer breed came close to extinction when modern machinery replaced it in the fields.
Fortunately the breed was kept alive due to the efforts of breed fanciers, and this wonderful dog has gone on to fulfill it’s rightful role as a security and police dog and wonderful family pet, serving with valour in two World Wars.
This handsome, bearded dog has a wiry double coat which comes in either black or salt and pepper, and stands from 25 1/2 to 27 1/2 inches at the shoulder. Giant Schnauzers are very intelligent, alert, loyal and obedient. They do very well in obedience and agility training.
Due to it’s wiry texture, the coat requires some professional grooming to retain it’s pattern and texture, although pets can also be clippered to soften the coat. Giants are energetic and spirited and require plenty of daily exercise.
They do well in the country or in the city, provided they have a large yard with lots of room to romp!