The Giant Schnauzer originally came from Wurrtemburg and Bavaria in Germany. Cattlemen were quite fond of the smaller Standard Schnauzer but wanted a larger-sized version of the breed. They needed a bigger dog to drive cattle, so the Standard Schnauzer was mixed with larger, smooth-coated cattle dogs.
Several were likely added to the mix, although the exact breeds used for developing the Giant Schnauzer are not well documented. These dogs probably were used: the black Poodle, Wolf Spitz, Wirehaired Pinscher, Bouvier des Flandres, and even the Great Dane.
The result was a dog referred to as the Munchener. It was smart, capable of handling cattle, and sported a weather-resistant coat. The breed became more and more popular over time and was used as stockyard dogs, guard dogs, butcher dogs, and brewery dogs.
Eventually, the name was changed to the Giant Schnauzer. They excelled as service dogs but remained largely unknown around the world except for Germany.
As the name implies, the Giant Schnauzer is just that, a giant. Therefore, it may be a bit too rambunctious and rough for small children. But their playful character and protective loyalty to its family also make this breed an excellent house dog. They may be a bit reserved with strangers and aggressive towards other dogs, but this is what makes them a top-rated watchdog with the ability to defend their family through force if needed.
Taking Care Of Your Giant Schnauzer
Giant Schnauzers need daily physical exercise but have more fun playing vigorous dog games. Long walks and hikes through the hills are perfect activities to match this breed’s active lifestyle.
Giant Schnauzers can live outdoors during cold temperatures but, like most dogs, prefer to sleep inside with their family. It would be best if you gave your dog a thorough brushing each week to keep its wiry coat clean. Professional shaping, clipping, and scissoring are also recommended.
Overall, the Giant Schnauzer is a very healthy dog breed. The average lifespan for a healthy Giant Schnauzer is between 10 and 13 years. Minor health issues include OCD, hypothyroidism, and gastric torsion.