Developed from Standard German Schnauzers crossed with South-Russian Ovcharkas, Great Danes, French Bouviers, Poodles, Pointers and Wolfspitzes, the Giant Schnauzer is truly an impressive and versatile working breed. It used to be called Munchener and Russian Bear Schnauzer in the past and was a valued livestock herder and protector. The Giant Schnauzers were also used as butchershop and brewery guardians, but soon became popular police dogs and family pets.
Even-tempered, easy to train and playful, the Riesenschnauzer makes a wonderful companion. This popular bearded show breed is a dedicated watchdog and can be quite territorial. The body is strong, muscular and well-boned.
The coat is rough and needs regular grooming. Most dogs are uniform black, but salt-n-pepper specimens are accepted as well. Average height is around 26 inches.