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The Riesenschnauzer (also known as the Giant Schnauzer) is the largest of the three Schnauzer dog breeds. It is a friendly and loyal dog that loves spending time with its owner every hour of the day. The Riesenschnauzer is also a great guard dog that is hard to bribe with food. The Riesenschnauzer is an active dog breed with lots of energy and requires a significant amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation.

Character and behavior
The Riesenschnauzer is loyal and protective of its owners and is a powerful dog that loves playing and romping around. It’s important to socialize the dog early as a puppy with people and animals in order to avoid aggressive behavior later on. The Riesenschnauzer is an intelligent dog that responds well to gentle and firm training using positive reinforcement.

The Riesenschnauzer is an independent dog breed that loves going for a swim in the water. It’s a good swimmer and very energetic. A Riesenschnauzer will also do well in an agility ring.

History of the breed
The Riesenschnauzer is a German breed that originates around Munich. Most believe that the Riesenschnauzer is a mix between herding dogs, Grand Danois and Bouvier des Flandres. In the beginning the Riesenschnauzer was used to her cattle but when the need for this task became obsolete the Riesenschnauzer became a good guard dog and family member. Today the Riesenschnauzer is popular as a police and working dog.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Riesenschnauzer is characterized by its square look, long beard and long eyebrows. It’s a powerful and large dog breed with a black muzzle. The eyes are dark and medium-sized and the v-shaped ears are placed high on the head. The coat is longer on the legs than the rest of the dog’s body.

The Riesenschnauzer is 23-28 inches in height and weighs 55-105 pounds. The coat is coarse, thick and requires weekly grooming. It is also recommended to trim the coat a couple of times a year. The Riesenschnauzer doesn’t shed much. The Riesenschnauzer has an average life span of 12 – 15 years.

What you should know about the Riesenschnauzer dog breed:

  • An independent dog breed
  • Is not suited for apartment living
  • Is an excellent guard dog and protector
  • May not be a good choice for first time dog owners
  • Friendly, loyal and affectionate towards its family

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