Giant Schnauzer

Working Group

Eda and a puppy from El Lobo Giant Schnausers

The Giant Schnauser is a reliable dog who needs a strong and experienced owner.  Early training is a must to make these dogs fine pets that will be good with children.  They will be dominant to other dogs and should be well socialized for harmony’s sake.  Some Giant Schnausers are used successfully in protection services.   The Giant Schnauser is an active dog who will do OK in an apartment if it gets ample exercise, especially as a puppy.  May do better in the rural environment where it can have a controlled outdoor exercise/play area.   Its wiry coat needs weekly brushing to include its undercoat.  The Giant Schnauser has no dog odor and is a very light shedder.  Read PGAA’s Hypoallergenic Dogs article.  Also see Standard Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer.

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Notes for owners
Wiry Weekly OK for apartment.  Lots of exercise.  Good with children. Could be OK for allergy sufferers.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Giant Schnauzer Club of America

Working Schnauser Federation


We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.