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Giant Schnauzer

General Description

Giant Schnauzers have been described as trustworthy with children. They are very intelligent and can become bored easily. They are also very energetic and highly spirited, which, when coupled with boredom, can lead to unwanted and destructive behaviour. They are easily trained, and deeply loyal to their owner.

General Health

Health. The Giant Schnauzer, which has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, suffers from minor health issues such as Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), hypothyroidism, and gastric torsion. This breed is also prone to canine hip dysplasia (CHD), a serious health concern.

Hereditary Illnesses

They include orthopaedic problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, a bleeding disorder called von Willebrand's disease, and autoimmune thyroiditis. They may also be prone to bloat, or gastric torsion.

Character and Temperament

In general, the Giant Schnauzer has a loving and kind temperament, however, they can be a stubborn breed and have a natural protective guarding instinct so early socialisation is a must to ensure good interactions with other dogs and humans alike.


Giant Schnauzers are an energetic breed and require at least two long walks per day or 30 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise in the backyard. Without proper exercise and mental stimulation, Giant Schnauzers can become very destructive and difficult to handle.


Giant Schnauzers are a 'trimmed breed' with minimal shedding requiring regular attention either by hand-stripping, to remove the dead coat or clipping. To keep a Giant Schnauzer with their typical Schnauzery look and expression they will need a visit to a groomer approximately every 6-10 weeks


The Giant Schnauzer is a working breed of dog developed in the 17th century in Germany. It is the largest of the three breeds of Schnauzer


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