The German Giant Schnauzer
History of the Giant Schnauzer
The German word "schnauze" means muzzle. Likely originating in the countryside of Bavaria and Wurrtemburg, the giant schnauzer was created by cattlemen who were impressed by the smaller standard schnauzer. They produced a larger breed which they could use drive cattle.
Although it isn’t documented, the cattlemen probably crossed the standard schnauzer with larger cattle-driving dogs which had smoother coats to try to create a wire-haired herder. At some later point, crosses likely occurred with the Great Dane, Bouvier des Flandres and rough-coated sheepdogs as well as with such breeds as the black poodle, wolf spitz and wirehaired pinscher. In the end, the Giant Schnauzer, then known as the Munchener, had a weather-resistant coat and was able to handle cattle.
The giant schnauzer has also been known as Russian bear schnauzer, Munich schnauzer and riesenschnauzer. Eventually, the giant schnauzer gained popularity as a stockyard dog, a butcher’s dog, and a brewery guard dog.
This breed gained more exposure right before World War I, when it began being trained as a police dog, but despite their adept ability as such, they only gained popularity in this kind of work in Germany. Only recently has this dog become more popular as a pet.
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