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Giant Schnauzer

Always vigilant (other names: Riesenschnauzer)

Giant Schnauzer
origin:Germany
date origin:19th century
life expectancy:11 to 12 years
classification:Terrier
height:65 to 70 cm
weight:32 to 35 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Easyclimate: Coldgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Schnauzer dates back from the 15th century. Being a Germany breed, the Schnauzer was named after it´s more distinctive feature: his bearded snout (schnauze means muzzle). There are three types of Schnauzers: Giant, Standard and Miniature, being the Giant the second one to be bred.

The Giant Schnauzer was developed around the 1800s by farmers of the Bavaria region who liked the standard Schnauzer, but needed a dog with more power to drive the cattle. Although the process of breeding the giant variation isn´t documented, it seems that the black Great Dane, the Bouvier des Flandres, the Standard Schnauzer and other large sheepdogs were used in the mix.

The Giant Schnauzer was a very good herding and guardian dog however, farmers wi