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Giant Schnauzer

Origin Germany
GroupWorking Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Giant Schnauzer have? The breed also known as...
Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the Giant Schnauzer puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Giant Schnauzer, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Giant Schnauzer gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What is the Giant Schnauzer's size? How big is this dog?
LargeGiant
Weight
How much does the Giant Schnauzer weigh?
Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Giant Schnauzer?
Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Giant Schnauzer have? What does this canine coat look like?
Wiry
Colors
What color is the Giant Schnauzer's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
Pepper SaltBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Giant Schnauzer and how often?
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Giant Schnauzer, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Giant Schnauzers shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Giant Schnauzers could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Giant Schnauzer have?
DominantKindPowerfulIntelligentLoyalStrongWilled
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Giant Schnauzer?
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's intelligence is above average. Tricks and commands can be trained easily. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 70% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Giant Schnauzers easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Giant Schnauzers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Giant Schnauzers bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Giant Schnauzers good watchdogs?
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Giant Schnauzers will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Giant Schnauzer can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Giant Schnauzer will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Giant Schnauzer do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Giant Schnauzers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Giant Schnauzer to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Giant Schnauzers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Giant Schnauzers good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Giant Schnauzers kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Giant Schnauzers get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Giant Schnauzers get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Giant Schnauzer is not the best choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Giant Schnauzers have health problems?
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Giant Schnauzers live? What is this dog average life span?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Giant Schnauzer breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Giant Schnauzers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Giant Schnauzer have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Giant Schnauzers require per day?
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Giant Schnauzers don't need to much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Giant Schnauzer need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average. The Giant Schnauzer has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Giant Schnauzer's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Giant Schnauzer could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Giant Schnauzer. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Giant Schnauzer: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Giant Schnauzer have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Giant Schnauzer have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies

Advantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Giant Schnauzers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Giant Schnauzer's intelligence is above average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Trainability: Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
  • Territorial: Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.

Disadvantages

  • Stinkiness: The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Apartment Friendly: Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.

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