The Giant Schnauzer originated in the Bavarian and Württemberg parts of Germany, both agricultural areas where dogs were needed to help on the farms. He helped drive the livestock to the market and was a guard dog for breweries and butchers. In WWI he was used as a police dog because of his trainability and intelligence. Although called “giant,” he’s just a bigger type of standard Schnauzer.
The Giant Schnauzer is powerful and rugged, has a reliable temperament, and is territorial and energetic. He can easily tell the difference between friends and foes. His colour is salt and pepper or black. He needs lots of exercise and a lot of grooming, stripping and brushing so if this is the dog for you, be prepared for the work you have to do. He’s 23.5 – 27.5 inches in height.