8 August 2022
The Giant Schnauzer is a rare, but highly effective breed we use for family protection work. Originating in Germany, the Giant Schnauzer was developed as a general purpose farm dog and intended to guard property, protect livestock, herding, and vermin control. Their versatility demanded high levels of intelligence which translates into the breed being very trainable and able to fulfil a variety of working roles to the present day.
Although seldom found in modern working circles, the Giant Schnauzer is able to undertake protection work alongside more common breeds including the German Shepherd Dog, Dobermann, Rottweiler, Cane Corso, and Malinois Belgian Shepherd. At Protection Dogs Worldwide, we have seen Giant Schnauzers demonstrate exemplary obedience, courage, and trainability as well as remarkable levels of friendliness and playfulness with children. When considered with their hypoallergenic coat, the Giant Schnauzer is perhaps the ideal family protection dog.
Giant Schnauzers need semi-regular grooming, but not as often as German Shepherd Dogs. Because of their size, they can be prone to suffering from hip and elbow dysplasia so should be carefully monitored for these conditions. Broadly speaking, though, they are a relatively healthy and have not suffered from poor breeding the same way that show-line German Shepherds and Rottweilers have.