The Giant Schnauzer was created to be a working dog breed, so he has intelligence and drive.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Giant Schnauzer.
The largest and most powerful of the German schnauzers, the giant (riesenschnauzer) schnauzer was developed by increasing the size of the standard schnauzer. All the schnauzers had their origins in the neighboring kingdoms of Bavaria and Wurtemmburg. People in these agricultural regions used dogs to drive their livestock to market, and the giant schnauzer was developed here as a cattle dog. The standard schnauzers were crossed with the rough-haired sheepdogs and later the black Great Danes. The giant schnauzer may also be closely related to the Bouvier des Flandres. For many years, the giant schnauzer was called the Munchener and was known primarily as a cattle and driving dog.
Giant Schnauzers are imposing dogs. They stand up to 27.5 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 95 pounds. They do share some physical characteristics with their smaller cousins, the Miniature and Standard Schnauzers: the harsh eyebrows and beard, as well as a keen, intelligent expression.
The Giant Schnauzer is primarily a guard dog. To him, his most important job is to protect his home and family. He’s deeply loyal to his family and instinctively territorial. This isn’t one of those happy-go-lucky breeds that greets every visitor with a happy tail wag. Because he learns so quickly, you can teach him to differentiate between welcome visitors and everyone else, but the key word here is "teach."
4) Independent Mind
The best Giant Schnauzers are versatile working dogs, capable of learning a great deal. But they have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. Some Giant Schnauzers are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things.
5) Super Smart
They're extremely smart. Because he’s a working dog, the Giant Schnauzer loves having a job to do, and with his intelligence, there’s no end to the jobs he can perform. Originally bred to be an all-around worker, he helped on the farm with carting, herding, and most of all, protecting his territory and humans. You might not have any livestock to herd or hay bales to cart, but your Giant Schnauzer can put that formidable brain and strength to work in other ways. Let him carry things for you, find objects, even bring in the newspaper. He’ll also be quick to pick up tricks and games.
6) Working Dog
Because of his intelligence and need to work, the Giant Schnauzer is successful in many areas, including police and military work, rescue work, dog sports, and even as guide dogs. In fact, he thrives on responsibility and on the time and attention you spend on him. The breed has great success at rally, agility, obedience trials, herding, lure coursing, and carting.
The colors for a giant schnauzer can be solid black or salt and pepper. Every shade of coat has a dark facial mask to emphasize the expression; the color of the mask harmonizes with the shade of the body coat. Eyebrows, whiskers, cheeks, throat, chest, legs and under tail are lighter in color but include "peppering."
8) Long Life Span
One of the facts about Schnauzers that people like to find out is how long they will live. The answer is a healthy Schnauzer will live approximately fifteen years.
Most Giant Schnauzers have protective instincts toward strangers. They need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of "good guys." Then they can recognize the difference when someone acts abnormally. Without careful socialization, they may be suspicious of everyone, which could lead to aggression.
Grooming your dog is considered to be a bonding experience, so prepare to bond because the Giant Schnauzer does need regular grooming. Although he doesn’t shed large tumbleweeds of hair, he does need regular brushing. It’s important to keep his head trimmed. With those pronounced eyebrows and beard, his face can virtually disappear under a tangle of hair unless kept neatly trimmed.