Giant Schnauzer

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 10in - 2ft 3in
Weight: 55-85lbs
Lifespan: 11 - 14 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty4/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Giant Schnauzer Information

Giant SchnauzerThis breed closely resembles the Standard Schnauzer, but he’s just bigger, weighing in at up to 95 pounds (for an even smaller version see the Miniature Schnauzer). A bold and valiant dog, the Giant Schnauzer has a substantial build, distinguished beard and eyebrows, and curious expression. His coat can come in black, pepper and salt, black and tan, or fawn and requires regular maintenance.

Developed in Germany, the Giant Schnauzer isn’t a giant breed, but it is much larger than the rest of the Schnauzers. He is a great family pet and is easy to train. Just make sure this very active breed gets plenty of exercise!

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breeds stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Giant Schnauzers be apartment dogs?

Giant Schnauzers don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Giant Schnauzers be left alone?

While Giant Schnauzers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Giant Schnauzers good with kids?

Giant Schnauzers can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Giant Schnauzers friendly with strangers?

Giant Schnauzers tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Giant Schnauzers get along with other dogs?

Giant Schnauzers aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Giant Schnauzers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Giant Schnauzers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Giant Schnauzers shed a lot?

Giant Schnauzers shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do Giant Schnauzers need a lot of grooming?

The Giant Schnauzer requires continued maintenance to keep their coats in healthy condition. They're not the most demanding but are on the higher end.

Do Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercise?

Expect Giant Schnauzers to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Giant Schnauzers easy to train?

Typically, Giant Schnauzers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Giant Schnauzers handle cold weather?

Giant Schnauzers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Giant Schnauzers handle hot weather?

Be careful with Giant Schnauzers in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

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