Giant Schnauzer
(AKC Working Group)
Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is a large, powerful, compact dog with bushy eyebrows, whiskers, and beard. He has a harsh, wiry outer coat and dense, soft undercoat. Ideally, the dog's height is the same as his length, resulting in a rather square impression. The strong, arched neck should blend cleanly into the shoulders. The head is about half as long as the back from withers to tail attachment. The muzzle and top of the head should form parallel planes. The large nose is black. The dark brown eyes are medium-sized ovals. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The front legs are straight and parallel. Dewclaws should be removed on the hind legs and may be removed on the front legs. The tail is generally docked to the second or third joint. Cropping the ears is optional. The coat comes in solid black or salt and pepper.


Known over history as the Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, and Riesenschnauzer, the Giant Schnauzer is thought to have come from crosses between dogs, such as the black Great Dane, Bouvier des Flandres, and the Standard Schnauzer. The word "Schnauze" means "muzzle" in German. The Giant Schnauzer was first used as a cattle-driving dog in Bavaria, then during World War I as a military and police dog. They still excel at these jobs, as well as Schutzhund competition and companionship.

Key Facts:



Very protective, bold, and spirited. Calm, loyal, and responsible. Intelligent. A dominant breed that needs an experienced trainer. Responds best to firm, consistent training with a positive attitude and plentiful rewards.