The origin of the Giant Schnauzer lies in the Bavarian highlands of Germany. The breed dates back to the middle of the 19th century. It is thought to be result of crossbreeding between the oblanders, the Standard Schnauzer, the Great Dane and the Bouvier De Flandres. In the olden days, the breed was primarily used for driving cattle and as a guard dog during the First World War. However, like most breeds, the Giant Schnauzer was on the verge of extinction after the First World War. The breed was resurrected by Mr. Clalaminus through a dedicated breeding program. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1930.
The Giant Schnauzer is intelligent, loyal, brave and usually quiet. They are a versatile working dog, easily trained, and deeply loyal to their families. They need lots of exercise to remain calm. They are easy to train, responding best to firm, calm and consistent training. Giant Schnauzers have been described as trustworthy with children. They make an excellent pet as long as their owner is firm, and they are properly trained and well exercised.
The Giant Schnauzer is an odorless dog which sheds little hair. Its hard and wiry double coat needs regular grooming. The coat needs to be brushed at least 3-4 times a week, and should be stripped in every 4 to 5 months.
It should be bathed only when necessary and must be dried properly after each bath. Its beard should be washed daily to remove any food remains. Its nail and the hair around eyes, ears and paws should be trimmed regularly.
Giant Schnauzers usually weigh between 70 to 77 pounds and stand approximately 23 to 28 inches tall. They have a solid, muscular build. Their coat is of moderate length, and it ranges in color from black to salt and pepper.