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Everything You Need to Know About Giant Schnauzers


Decorative Curiosities Staff
Updated: Jun 26, 2024

The origin of the giant Schnauzers is from the mountains of Germany. Yet, they can please both adults and kids. In the 1800s they were first introduced. At first, people used them to guard farms and livestock. Later, this breed became popular in urban areas. Schnauzers are also related to popular history. They served in World War II. Schnauzers were used by the U.S Air Force. These dogs used to carry messages between Troops and guard trenches. At present, Schnauzers are loyal buddies. They are known for their intelligence and affection. People also love their wiry coats. They have bushy eyebrows.

01.Personality
01.Personality
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They are independent and dominant. Therefore, it could be tough for a first-time Schnauzer owner. They should talk to an experienced trainer. Once it is trained properly, it becomes obedient and calm. Yet, Giant Schnauzers include a spirited demeanour. As a result, they have become the well-suited dogs for a family.

02.Required Exercise
02.Required Exercise
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They are energetic dogs. Therefore, these dogs need heavy exercise regularly. Vigorous exercise will prevent behavioural and physical issues. You need to take them for daily exercise. Walk at least for 1 to 2 hours daily. Therefore, they can be a great companion for jogging lovers.

03.Appearance
03.Appearance
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A Giant Schnauzer is bigger than a standard Schnauzer. A standard Schnauzer weighs between 30 to 47 lbs. They are 18 to 21 inches tall. Yet, a giant Schnauzer weighs between 78 to 99 lbs. Their heights can be between 25 to 30 inches. Giant Schnauzers are unique in all ways. They have unique height and length. These unique qualities make them look like a square. A giant Schnauzer has prominent eyebrows and inquisitive eyes. These make them intelligent and lively.

04.Grooming Required
04.Grooming Required
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These big buddies need a lot of grooming. They have wiry coats. So, the coat should be brushed regularly. You will notice pieces of Dead coat building up in their skin. They should be removed by hand or clipped off. You also need a groomer for a schnauzer. Visit the groomer regularly. Because a giant schnauzer won't be able to maintain the trimmed appearance without grooming.

05.Health Issues
05.Health Issues
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A giant schnauzer can suffer from hip dysplasia. Sometimes, you will see no symptoms until they get older. If this happens, the schnauzer can suffer from lameness. That is why, the situation gets complicated. So a giant schnauzer needs to maintain its weight. Otherwise, the joints get stressed. Thus, they can end up suffering from arthritis and other joint issues. A giant schnauzer also suffers from autoimmune thyroiditis. Squamous cell carcinoma is another health concern. This is because cancer develops between the toes. Autoimmune thyroiditis can end up in low thyroid hormones. Therefore, the schnauzer can gain weight. Its energy level decreases. They suffer from brittle coats and tough skin.

06.Diet Requirements
06.Diet Requirements
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They need 1 to 2 cups of high-quality food. Each giant schnauzer must eat two meals a day. Does the dog get regular exercise? If so, the serving size must be large. If you do not exercise regularly, you should reduce the food you eat. This prevents them from gaining weight.

07.The Atmosphere They Live
07.The Atmosphere They Live
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A giant schnauzer is not for small apartments. Because it is a large-sized dog. It needs a larger area to exercise properly. A room with an outdoor play area is perfect for them. You should not let the leash off easily. Do it if you have a fenced yard.

08.Coat Colors
08.Coat Colors
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Generally, a giant schnauzer has two types of coat colors. One is a salt and pepper coat. Another is solid black. You may also notice a greyish tone in their coats. They are a combination of black and white furs if you look closely.

09.Heritage
09.Heritage
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A giant schnauzer inherited many genetic similarities from other dog breeds. It gets its size from the Great Dane. This also depends on sex and age. A giant schnauzer also inherits from the German Pinscher. It gains its massive height from this dog breed.

10.Life Span
10.Life Span
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Some large dog breeds [like Great Dane] have a short life span. However, a giant schnauzer lives longer. They can live 13 to 16 years. Regular visits to a vet are essential.