Although the Giant Schnauzer is called ‘Giant’, this is not in comparison to other large dog breeds such as the Great Dane or the Rottweiler. The tail is always docked where it is legal, and the ears are usually cropped. If the ears are uncropped, they are small button ears carried high on the head. The head is 1/2 the length of the dog’s back, when the back is measured from the withers to the base of the tail. The cheeks are flat, but well muscled. The coat is dense, wiry, and weather resistant. The fur on the Giant Schnauzer’s face forms a distinct “beard” and eyebrows. Its stride is long and crisp.
Giant Schnauzers come in two colors: solid black, and a pattern called pepper and salt, where banded hairs of black and white hairs cover the body, giving it the appearance of having been peppered and salted.
Giant Schnauzers are usually a quiet breed. Due to its breeding, the Giant Schnauzer is inherently suspicious of strangers and can be very territorial. Once introduced, it is usually accepting of novel people or situations. It has the potential to be aggressive, but Giant Schnauzers are usually reserved – they are “amiable in repose, and a commanding figure when aroused.
Giant Schnauzers have been described as trustworthy with children. They are very intelligent, and can become bored easily. They are also very energetic and highly spirited. which, when coupled with boredom, can lead to unwanted and destructive behaviour They are easily trained, and deeply loyal to their owner
Giant Schnauzers are generally speaking a healthy breed. Hip and elbow dysplasia are sometimes seen ans they are also prone to eye problems.