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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 05, 2021

Pawfect Facts About The Giant Schnauzer Kids Will Love

One of the best giant schnauzer facts is that in Germany, a giant schnauzer is called a 'riesenschnauzer,' which when translated means 'the giant'

The origin of giant schnauzers is very unclear. According to speculation, they originally bred through some cross combination of different breeds of dogs such as the great dane, german shepherds, rottweilers, dobermanns, thuringian shepherds, standard schnauzer, and boxers.

A giant schnauzer lifespan is roughly 10 to 12 years. A male schnauzer dog weighs between 60-85 lb (27-38 kg), whereas a female will weigh 55-75 lb (25-34 kg). Male dogs have a height of 26-28 in (66-71 cm) whereas, the female ones are about 23-26 in (58-66 cm) tall. A giant schnauzer grooming requirement is brushing, bathing, haircut, nail trim, and ear cleaning. Giant schnauzers are found to  adapt themselves in open areas. Most of these dogs were bred to be working dogs. These dogs are not well suited for an apartment as well as an indoor life because they are fairly active dogs. They would also do best with acreage or large spaces to run around.

Giant schnauzers look like the black Russian terrier (Chornyi) and bouvier - the two breeds of dogs that are found in different regions of Russia and Belgium. A giant schnauzer looks a lot like these two breeds of dogs, it is jet black or salt and pepper in color. This dog has thick distinctive eyebrows, even a thick beard, and a clipping body. Schnauzers have a double coat, a soft undercoat, and a hard and rough outer coat. A black giant schnauzer shares different physical characteristics with its smaller cousins like the miniature and standard schnauzer.

According to the IUCN,  the giant schnauzer's conservation status is being declared as of the least concern (population increasing), so they are free from the threats of becoming extinct or vulnerable. Their numbers today are fairly good, but an estimate of their population could not be sourced. There are at least three different types of schnauzer breeds found in the world.

Here on our page, we have lots of interesting facts on giant schnauzers that everyone will enjoy. Let's have a look at these interesting facts, and if you do like these, read our shikoku dog and schnoodle facts.

Giant Schnauzer Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a giant schnauzer?

A giant schnauzer is a type of dog.

What class of animal does a giant schnauzer belong to?

The class of animal that a giant schnauzer belongs to is mammals.

How many giant schnauzers are there in the world?

An estimated number of their population is not yet recorded due to the fact that the giant schnauzer dog breed was cross-pollinated with different breeds of dogs. There are at least three different varieties of schnauzer breed found in the world. These cross-pollinated varieties of schnauzer were profoundly created in early German family life and just in order to meet the characteristics needed for the weather, farming, and temperament purposes.

Where does a giant schnauzer live?

A giant schnauzer is basically found living in a house with big yards.

What is a giant schnauzer's habitat?

Giant schnauzers are best kept in houses with lots of space to run around, as they were bred to be active and working dogs. They are often seen adopted by police departments to help them with police work. Giant schnauzers are given intense training when they are adopted by the police force. They are also adopted by people because they are known to serve as good guard dogs. They are seen living in houses with family members as they are easily trained and giant schnauzer's are known as deeply loyal. You will also see them living in open lands where they could easily run and stretch their limbs. They are also seen living in large farms as they were primarily owned by farmers of Germany in the early days as these dogs were also used to drive cattle.

Who do giant schnauzers live with?

Giant schnauzers usually live with species of their own kind. They could also be seen living solo with humans as they are considered to make great pets. A standard schnauzer could also be seen living with different other animals as well like cats and rabbits, as people do like to keep them as pets along with other animals. When they are left on their own, they are seen to be co-existing with other animals, so it is possible to leave them in the house alone.

How long does a giant schnauzer live?

A giant schnauzer life span is an average of 10 to 12 years.

How do they reproduce?

Once the mating is done between the male and female giant schnauzers, the female giant schnauzer gets pregnant. They are known to have a litter size of eight to ten, which means they give birth to between eight to ten giant schnauzer puppies. The female dog stays pregnant for around 62 to 64 days, or nearly two months. However, it is difficult to predict the time of delivery as the breeding date does not always match the date of conception. Even the length of pregnancy can change with different breeds and litter sizes. After giving birth to a giant schnauzer puppy the mother takes care of its puppies by feeding them from time to time. If the birth takes place in the case of adopted pets, the owner as well as the dog mother, will take care of the puppies.

A standard schnauzer puppy's weight would be around 5.2-7.7 lb (2.4-3.5 kg) and on average a small giant schnauzer would take up to six months to reach its adult weight.


What is their conservation status?

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the conservation status of giant schnauzers is being declared as of the Least Concern (population increasing). So they are free from the threats of becoming extinct or vulnerable. Right now their number is quite okay, and an estimated number of their population could not be given. There are at least three different varieties of schnauzer breed found in the world.

Keeping in mind that they are being spotted in different parts of the world and exist in quite an abundance and are also being cross-pollinated with different breeds of dogs we can happily say that they are not under the threat of endangerment.

Giant Schnauzer Fun Facts

What do giant schnauzers look like?

Giant schnauzers look like the black Russian terrier (Chornyi) and bouvier, these are also two breeds of dogs that are found in different regions of Russia and Belgium. A giant schnauzer looks a lot like these two breeds of dogs as it is jet black or salt and pepper in color. They also have thick distinctive eyebrows, a thick beard, and a clipping body. Schnauzers have a double coat, a soft undercoat, and a hard and rough outer coat. These dogs require regular grooming as due to their flowing hair length, they can often shed.

A black giant schnauzer shares different physical characteristics with its smaller cousins like the miniature and standard schnauzers. They are known to have a keen and intelligent expression.

Regular grooming of these dogs is required such as brushing, bathing, haircut, nail trim, and ear cleaning. A male schnauzer dog weight ranges between 60-85 lb (27-38 kg) whereas a female will weigh about 55-75 lb (25-34 kg). And these male dogs have a height of 26-28 in (66-71 cm) whereas the female ones are about 23-26 in (58-66 cm) tall.

A giant schnauzer dog can run at speed of 28 miles per hour

How cute are they?

These dogs are considered to be very cute. This may be due to their distinctive and unique physical characteristics like their flowing jet black hair. They are also known to have a keen and intelligent expression which makes them quite fascinating. Schnauzer giant dogs are often kept as pets by people and the police force. It is due to their cuteness that people like to keep them as pets in their family.

How do they communicate?

These dogs are known to communicate using vocalization or auditory communication including barks, growls, howls, whines and whimpers, screams, pants, and sighs. Gustatory communication is another mode of communication used by a dog where they make use of the scent and pheromones. On the other hand, humans can communicate with a dog using many different methods of communication.

How big is a giant schnauzer?

A male schnauzer dogs weight ranges between 60-85 lb (27-38 kg), whereas a female will weigh about 55-75 lb (25-34 kg). And these male dogs reach a height of 26-28 in (66-71 cm), whereas the female ones are about 23-26 in (58-66 cm) tall.

For comparison, a giant schnauzer is ten times bigger than the size of a rabbit.

How fast can a giant schnauzer run?

A giant schnauzer dog can run at a speed of 28 miles per hour. Since this dog was usually bred to herd cattle, this explains why they are good at running.

How much does a giant schnauzer weigh?

A male schnauzer dog weight ranges between 60-85 lb (27- 38 kg) whereas a female will weigh about 55-75 lb (25-34 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no different names that you can use to refer to males of females. They are all simply referred to as giant schnauzers.

What would you call a baby giant schnauzer?

A baby giant schnauzer is called a puppy.

What do they eat?

A giant schnauzer dog usually eats chicken, lamb, sheep, deer, turkey, and high-quality dog food.

Are they slobbery?

Yes, they are slobbery.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes. This dog would make a good pet. A giant schnauzer's temperament is one that is very dominant, keen, intelligent, kind, loyal, and powerful. They are kept as pets by many people as they are considered as very good guard and working dogs. They require good training and they will easily solve the purpose for which will be trained for. This dog also requires a lot of exercise, playtime, and walks in an open area. If given proper care and grooming they could make great pet dogs.

Did you know...

A giant schnauzer dog will shed a negligible amount.

A giant schnauzer dog is prone to cancer especially toe cancer.

Characteristics And Health Issues

A giant schnauzer dog is more prone to cancer than different breeds of dogs, especially toe cancer. This results in the annual death of giant schnauzers even if caught early. They are also exposed to the risks of bloat. Epilepsy is another common disease with a dog of this breed.

Getting Your Own Giant Schnauzer

A giant schnauzer puppy would cost around $1200 - $2000 USD, but they do make excellent family dogs. The giant schnauzer temperament is easy to handle and simple to take care of. Hence, they are easy to train.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including boxer beagle mix, or a whippet.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one of our giant schnauzer coloring pages.

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