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Schnauzer History Timeline

The Schnauzer History Timeline traces the evolution of Miniature, Standard and Giant Schnauzer's from their origins in the middle ages to their arrival in the U.S. in the mid-20th century. Hover over a picture for a description of the Mini Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer or Giant Schnauzer timeline event. 

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Giant Schnauzer Hall of Fame

Here are a few of our favorite Giant Schnauzers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As owners of a relatively rare breed, we get many questions from curious dog lovers. Here are some answers to common questions about Giant Schnauzers we get from people on the street that stop and ask us about our dogs.

Q: Where did Giant Schnauzers originate?
Q: Are Giants aggressive?
Q: My dog encyclopedia says that Giants are aloof, is that true?
Q: Do Giants get along with other breeds?
Q: Is that a Bouvier or a "giant" Scottie?

Q: Where did Giant Schnauzers originate?

A: The Giant Schnauzer originated in the Bavarian highlands of southern Germany during the 18th and 19th century. German cattlemen desired a larger dog for driving cattle and cross-bred the Standard Schnauzer with long-haired sheep dogs, Great Danes and probably Bouviers to arrive at what were the earliest Giants, or Reisenschnauzer as they are called in Germany. The first recorded show entry of a Giant was at the 1909 Munich Dog Show as the "Russian Bear Schnauzer". Giants were first recorded in the German PSK stud books in 1921 and were accepted into the AKC in 1930.

Q: Are Giants aggressive?

A: We socialize our Giants from the time they enter our home. That means we take them out amongst other people and other dogs. As long as you expose a young giant to lots of other people. dogs, noises, traffic, etc. they quickly become comfortable around new surroundings and are not frightened, which is usually the underlying factor in aggression. Always keep a Giant on leash as they are a big dog and can easily frighten other people and smaller dogs which in itself can cause a traumatic, negative experience and work against what you are attempting to accomplish. Also avoid dog parks when socializing. Its not the other dogs at a dog park, but their owners, that are unpredictable. And above all else don't ignore persistent problem behaviors, get professional help from an animal behaviorist.

Q: My dog encyclopedia says that Giants are aloof, is that true?

A: Some breed references say Giants are aloof and do not show a lot of affection. In our experience nothing could be further from the truth. While Giants may be cautious around a stranger, a good thing in our opinion, they become extremely attached to their "family" and will insist on following you as you go about your household chores, making sure you are always within sight. They routinely come and lay at your feet and put their big head in your lap. 

Q: Do Giants get along with other breeds?

A: Our Giants are raised with Miniature Schnauzers which only weigh between 10 and 20 pounds to Max's 80-100 pounds. Although Max plays "nice" and is not rough with the girls, we always supervise them simply because Max is so large and could inadvertently hurt one of the smaller dogs because of the size difference. We also find the Giant is much less aggressive and tends to play "nicer" than the Mini Schnauzers. Our experience is that smaller dogs tend to be more aggressive than large breeds. Maybe for the same reasons that the smallest kid on the playground was usually the one that started the fights... 

Q: Is that a Bouvier or a "giant" Scottie?

A: Giants are rarely seen by the public and we get some pretty funny questions from people on the street when they meet a Giant Schnauzer for the first time. The fact of the matter is that many experts believe that indeed Bouvier's are one of several breeds that German cattleman used to breed the giant Schnauzer, along with possibly black Great Danes and possibly extinct rough coated large breeds common to Bavaria in the 19th century. 

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Downloadable screensavers from the Lakeside Giants Photo Gallery. Click on an image, select "Download Image" link on popup photo image and then right click and choose "Set as background".