- Other names:
- Munich Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer, or Riesenschnauzer if you are German, is one of the three sizes of Schnauzer along with the Miniature and Standard versions. This breed is easy to spot with its' prominent beard and eyebrows, which many think give it a wise, authoritative look. It is a large breed, as its name implies, with high energy requirements. They are ideal for active owners or families as well as ranches and farms. Members of this breed enjoy completing commands and tasks; with positive, consistent enforcement, training will be a breeze for this bright dog. A large yard is ideal, as it's recommended they spend equal time in and out of doors. Giant Schnauzers are naturally inclined to territoriality and aggressiveness towards unfamiliar dogs and people. With other pets and children, however, they will be a willing and affectionate playmate. Moderate to high maintenance will be needed for your pet's coat depending on whether they will be primarily a companion or show dog. Regular bathing may be necessary as drool and food may tend to get "saved for later" in their beard. Typical large dog health issues such as hip dysplasia and joint problems are common and cancer is the number one cause of death for this breed. Good health will permit this breed a 10-12 year lifespan.