Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 25½-27½ in (65-70cm) Bitch: 23½-25½ in (60-65cm)
Weight: 73-77 lb (33-34.5kg)
Coat: Hard, wiry, and very dense with a soft undercoat
Color: Solid black or pepper and salt; all shades from dark iron-gray to silver-gray are acceptable; a small white spot on the breast is permissible
|The Giant Schnauzer was for many years known as
the Munchener Dog, because it originated from an
area near Munich. It is believed to have evolved from
crosses between smooth-coated drovers dogs and
rough-coated shepherd dogs, as well as black Great
Danes and the Bouvier des Flandres. It worked as a
cattle dog until the need for such an animal declined.
Not as popular as the Standard and Miniature
varieties, the Giant Schnauzer might have become
extinct had it not proved itself an excellent guard
dog in World War I.
This intelligent dog makes a good-natured
companion that requires a fair amount of exercise.
It needs little grooming other than stripping and
plucking. The coat may also be clipped but this will
spoil it for showing, so it is best to discuss grooming
with the breeder at the time of purchase.