Giant Schnauzer Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Giant Schnauzer, as a type, has been around for hundreds of years in the region formed by Southern Germany, Switzerland and France; it is believed that since the 15thC he was used as a cattle drover in the Munich area – hence his old name Munchener Dog – until the arrival of the railways when the necessity for long-distance cattle drives deprived him of a job. Having lost his raison d’etre in the countryside the Giant Schnauzer was adopted by city dwellers as a guard dog during the 19thC; his imposing appearance and quickness at responding to training led him to finding work with the police. He is another breed whose aptitude and intelligence led him to being used for war work; this, together with shortage of food within Europe during the period of both the World Wars led to serious depradations in his numbers.
The Giant Schnauzer is a dog of considerable substance, though not a heavyweight. The dogs are up to 70cm weighing 35kg which is quite proportionate to their size – certainly not a bulky dog. However, he is powerfully built, robust and sinewy rather than muscular with an almost square outline. The Giant Schnauzer was first seen in the US in 1909 but has never acquired a really large following.
He is a good-natured dog, brave and reliable and makes an excellent family dog who takes his guarding duties seriously. In Europe the Giant Schnauzer ears are generally cropped which gives him a rather forbidding appearance, and even uncropped his appearance rather belies his good nature.
His coat requires expert care to present best, though a competent grooming salon would keep him looking smart with regular visits.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.