Learn about the temperament and personality of the Giant Schnauzer. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of Giant Schnauzer photos.
The Giant Schnauzer is a spirited, energetic, good-natured dog who loves his owners and is protective of them. He is naturally territorial, and intimidating to look at, so he makes a good guard dog. He loves to bark and can be quite good at it! Maybe sometimes too good! (They've been accused of being loud and demanding!) He can often be wary of strangers but can usually tell friend from foe instinctively. These are high energy, active dogs who need hours of exercise each day. They need to be stimulated both physically and mentally. They love to learn, are quick studies, and would do anything to please you, which makes them good in the obedience ring. However, they also grow bored easily and can be a bit stubborn! They also enjoy agility and rally competitions. Giant Schnauzers can be dog aggressive, especially with same sex dogs. They also have a high prey drive and will chase any fast-moving critter, then burrow and dig and bark furiously at their quarry. The Giant Schnauzer usually does well with children, but keep in mind that this is a big, strong dog who can knock over and injure a small child without meaning to. Many breeders will not let this breed go to a home with young children for this very reason. The Giant Schnauzer requires constant attention, care, and love. He wants to be with his people. He does not do well if left alone. If he doesn't get enough human contact, he will become sullen and lose respect for his owners. If this pattern persists, a Giant Schnauzer owner will have a giant problem on their hands. This is a dog that can become uncontrollable if not given the necessary attention and discipline he needs. But, if you treat him the way he was meant to be treated, you will be treated to a loyal, reliable, loving companion who would do anything for you.
Giant Schnauzer Training
The Giant Schnauzer is intelligent and quite easy to train. He learns new commands quickly at an above average rate.
Giant Schnauzer Shedding
The Giant Schnauzer sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!
Giant Schnauzer Grooming
Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Strip his coat every six months and brush it daily.
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.