Giant Schnauzer

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Breed Group: Working
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The largest of the three Schnauzer breeds, the Giant Schnauzer originated in Germany. A versatile breed, they were used as cattle dogs, sheepherders, guarding, and as noble companions. Although this breed is relatively rare in the United States, they are steadily gaining in popularity.
The Giant Schnauzer is powerful and large, yet possesses elegance. This breed is capable of enduring harsh weather and is extremely hardy, independent, and courageous. A proud and determined breed, the Giant Schnauzers varied attributes make them a loyal and trustworthy family pet.
This breed is very loving, protective, and responsible. They thrive on human companionship and do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. They are not recommended for the novice dog owner, two-career family, or a sedentary owner. This bold breed is intense and complex and requires an owner who completely understands them. They are highly intelligent, imposing, and extremely protective of their family and territory. They make excellent guard dogs. The Giant Schnauzer does best in a home with children over the age of 14 who are considerate and well behaved. They typically do not get along with other household pets.
The Giant Schnauzer requires weekly brushing and combing to keep the under coat free of mats and tangles. They need to be professionally clipped all-over four times per year. The hair around the eyes and ears must be kept trimmed and their whiskers cleaned after meals. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. This breed is prone to cancer, bloat, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy.
The Giant Schnauzer is a double coat breed. The outer coat is wiry, thick, and harsh. The under coat is dense and soft. The hair is longer over the yes and on the muzzle to form bushy eyebrows and a distinctive beard. The hair on the legs is longer than the body coat. The color of the coat is either salt and pepper or pure black. This breed sheds little to no hair.
Early intense socialization and obedience are essential for the Giant Schnauzer. They are a dominant breed and require an experienced and dominant owner who will let them know who the boss is. They are easily housebroken and trained. The Giant Schnauzer responds to respect, consistency, firmness, fairness, positive reinforcement, and reward. They excel in agility, obedience, schutzhound, and are often used as therapy and police dogs.
The Giant Schnauzer requires an inordinate amount of vigorous exercise. They thrive on being given something to do and enjoy family play sessions. This breed is not recommended for apartment dwelling. Giant Schnauzers do best with plenty of acreage where they are able to run freely.
65-90 lbs
Male: 25.5-27.5; Female: 23.5-25.5 inches
solid black or pepper and salt
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Giant Schnauzer puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Giant Schnauzer varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Giant Schnauzer puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Giant Schnauzers sold is $2,000.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Giant Schnauzer with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $3,700 upwards to $8,400 or even more for a Giant Schnauzer with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Giant Schnauzers sold is $1,300.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $2,000.00
Average Price: $1,300.00
Top Quality: $3,700.00 to $8,400.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 527 Giant Schnauzer puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Giant Schnauzer puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Giant Schnauzers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Giant Schnauzer Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 527 Giant Schnauzer dogs.
  • 1. Gibbe
  • 2. Hanna
  • 3. Hardy
  • 4. Max
  • 5. Ruby
  • 6. Rudy
  • 7. Silly
  • 8. True Giants!
  • 9. Baby
  • 10. Chip
  • 11. Colors
  • 12. Easton
  • 13. Freddie
  • 14. Gabby
  • 15. Garin
  • 16. George
  • 17. Gigi
  • 18. Girl
  • 19. Gloria
  • 20. Greta

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Anonymous asked:
What is the normal price range for a Giant Schnauzer?!?

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There is no real answer to your question. What is considered normal in one area can easily be considered abnormal in another. The price for a puppy is going to depend on many factors that include but are not limited to; where the breeder is located, how many breeders are in that area, if the puppy's dam and sire are registered, if there are any champions in the linage of the puppy. Also the health checks / raising on the puppy and how much that costs for the breeder is a factor too. The average price of a Giant Schnauzer puppy ranges from $1,200.00 - $2,000.00. But again, the average price is going to be different all depending on the factors above and more. Asking your breeder why they charge what they do is a great way to weed out the breeders whom are in it for the money vs. working to better the breed.

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Are there white Giant Schnauzers?

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In short, no. The Giant Schnauzer only comes in two colorations, solid black and a coloration called salt and pepper. The salt and pepper coloration of the Giant Schnauzer is a mixture of black and grey fur that causes the dog to look like it has been garnished with just that, salt and pepper. In a rare circumstance, an albino Giant Schnauzer would be all white, but the dog would be only pet quality and the parents of that pup should be taken off of the breeding list for that breeder.

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I have an 8 year old male GSD who lived with a female miniature schnauzer for many years and they got along great, Do you think he could get along with a Giant Schnauzer?



If your German Shepherd is well socialized and has lived with another dog before, then he should do just fine with a Giant Schnauzer. Remember to make introductions on neutral territory and keep all interactions supervised. Also make sure that both dogs have separated time from each other and have their own space.


The other dog needs to be the opposite sex. Giants tend to be quite domineering and of you would get another male when the Giant reaches 2 there is a potential for problems.

Anonymous asked:
I have a 5-year-old Miniature Schnauzer. Would this breed not be a good fit with a Giant Schnauzer?



Any time you have a size different in such a ways as this one would be, it is best to air on the side of caution. If you get your Giant Schnauzer as a puppy and it is well socialized, then the dog should do just fine with your Mini. However, all interactions between the adult dog and puppy should be supervised so that the puppy as he/she grows larger and larger doesn't accidentally hurt your Mini.


My Heidi,a mini was 1 and a half, we picked up Elsa at 8 weeks from breeder. When we picked her up in NC and put her in the car, Heidi immediately mothered her. They played together but Heidi has tried to remain Miss Bossy pants. Coming home after 22 days we introduced her to our 9 year old boy, Scooter and Mischa. They werent thrilled but adapted to her crazy energy and dealt with her. Now they all love one another, Elsa is 11 months today!


I had two mini females and introduced a male giant when the girls were about 2-3 years old. my big boy was so good with the girls. He let them boss him around even though he was an alpha male. They loved him and he them.

Anonymous asked:
I am extremely interested in a Giant Schnauzer, but keep reading they are not good with small kids. My kids are 7 and 11. Is this too young? If I get a puppy and raise him with them, would this be a bad idea? Would he not love them as his family?



Small kids are normally considered 5 - 7 and younger. However, it all depends on the maturity of your children. If your children have been raised around dogs, are dog savvy and understand how to read dog language. Then your children should do just fine with a Giant Schnauzer. Raising him/her as a pup with your children will allow your dog to grow up knowing that the kids are a part of his pack. I would suggest going to a show breeder, as the dogs tend to have a calmer temperament than working lines. Also, explain to your breeder what you are looking for in a pup, so he/she can suggest the best pup for your family.


I disagree! We have a mini and a giant now and we are getting our second giant next week! Our giant is excellent with our 4 girls ages 2, 5, 6 and 8! He is actually better with them than our mini! We absolutely love our giants!!!


My Giant Schnauzer was my baby sister to my children and their friends. Best dog ever with kids. I did get her as a puppy.


Our daughter has been raised with a Giant since she came home from the hospital and will be 17 YEARS old next month. Come on folks and realize you have to parent your child....our daughter is an incredible animal lover who is on track to be a vet.


I got my giant when my daughter was 5. My giant was nippybas a puppy but she has never been aggressive with my daughter.


My giant was wonderful with my grandbabies from crawling through 10 and any child she came in contact with. She was very protective of children when a stranger was near or another dog.


Socializing your pup with people of all ages is key. Just remember that the time you invest in your pup will pay back in spades as they mature. Consider it as your child and you’ll be fine.


All of my Giants have been amazing with Babies to teens


Here too, our 9 year old Giant Schnauzer came into our home as a pup to 3 kids and two small, older dogs, a Mini Yorkie and a Westie, and has been phenomenal! Has literally loved and welcomed to grand girls who he adores and helped train two grand puppies a Parti Yorkie and Bishon Poo; who absolutely love him! He’s everyone’s family favorite!!! Naturally kind, intentionally gentle like when toddlers are around and want to play and again with puppies too! Best Breed Ever!


My Giant Schnauzers are fantastic with all my kids, ages 11, 9, and 5. They are a very loyal breed and stick with my kids like glue when they are outside together.

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Updated: 5/28/2022