GIANT SCHNAUZER (Riesenschnauzer)

The splendid subject of the photos: fines CH Vasco of the Selvafosca on the left with Lucy of the Selvafosca

FCI-Standard N° 181  / 18.04.2007 / GB


TRANSLATION : Mrs. C. Seidler.

ORIGIN : Germany.


UTILIZATION : Utility and Companion Dog.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :                   Group 2       Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds.
                                             Section 1     Pinscher and Schnauzer type.
                                             With working trial.


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BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Originally the Giant Schnauzer was used in the region of Southern Germany to drive cattle.  Around the turn of the century, determined breeders realised that he had outstanding working capabilities and particularly valuable traits in character.  Since 1913 the breed has been registered in a stud book, and in 1925 already the Giant Schnauzer has officially been recognised as a working dog.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Large, powerful, stocky rather than slim.  An enlarged, powerful image of the Schnauzer. An imperturbable dog, prepared for defense, whose appearance fills with respect.


  • Square build in which height at the withers is nearly equal to the body length.



  • The length of the head (measured from the tip of the nose to the occiput) corresponds to half the length of the topline (measured from the withers to the set on of the tail).

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Typical characteristics of this dog are his good natured, even temperament and his incorruptible loyalty towards his master.  He has highly developed sense organs, intelligence, trainability, strength, endurance, speed, resistance to weather and diseases.  His inborn ability to bear strain and his self assurance make him best suited for being a companion, sporting, utility and working dog.


Skull : Strong, long without markedly protudring occiput.   The head should be in keeping with the dog’s force.  The forehead is flat, without wrinkling and parallel to the bridge of nose.
Stop : Appears well defined due to the brows.

Nose : Well developed nose leather with large nostrils, always black. 
Muzzle : Ending in a blunt wedge. Bridge of nose straight.
Lips : Black, smooth and tight-fitting to the jaws.  Corners of lips closed.
Jaws/Teeth : Strong upper and lower jaw.  The complete scissor bite (42 pure white teeth, according to the dentition fromula), is strongly developed and firmly closing.  The chewing muscles are strongly developed but the cheeks must not interfere with the rectangular shape of the head (with the beard).
Eyes : Medium sized, oval, facing forward, dark with lively expression.  Eyelids close fitting.
Ears : Drop ears, set high, V-shaped with inner edges lying close to the cheeks, evenly carried, turned forward towards temples. Folds parallel, should not be above the top of the skull.

NECK : The strong, muscular neck is nobly arched, blending smoothly into the withers.  Strongly set on, slim, noble curved, corresponding to the dog’s force.  Throat skin tight-fitting without folds.

Topline : Slightly sloping from withers towards rear.
Withers : Forming the highest point in topline.
Back : Strong, short and taut.
Loins : Short, strong and deep.  The distance from the last rib to the hip is short to make the dog appear compact.
Croup : Slightly rounded, imperceptibly blending into tail set on.
Chest : Moderately broad, oval in diameter, reaching to the elbows.  The forechest is distinctly marked by the point of the sternum.
Underline / Belly : Flanks not too tucked up, forming a well curved line with the underside of the ribcage.
TAIL : Natural; a sabre or sickle carriage is sought after.


FOREQUARTERS : Seen from the front, the front legs are strong, straight and not close together.  Seen from the side, the forearms are straight.
Shoulders : The shoulder blade lies close against the rib cage and is well muscled on both sides of shoulder bone, protruding over the points of thoracic vertebrae.  As sloping as possible and well laid back, forming an angle of appr.50° to the horizontal.
Upper arm : Lying close to the body, strong and well musculed, forming an angle of 95°  to 105° to the shoulder blade.
Elbows: Close fitting, turning neither in nor out.
Forearm : Viewed from all sides completely straight, strongly developed and well muscled.
Carpal joint  :  Strong, firm, barely standing out against the structure of the fore arm.
Pastern  : Seen from the front, vertical.  Seen from the side, slightly sloping towards the ground, strong and slightly springy.


Forefeet : Short and round, toes well-knit and arched (cat foot) with short dark nails and resistant pads.

HINDQUARTERS : Standing obliquely when seen from the side, standing parallel but not close together  when seen from the rear.
Upper thigh : Moderately long, broad and strongly muscled.
Stifle : Turning neither in nor out.
Lower thigh : Long and strong, sinewy, running into a strong hock.
Hocks : Very well angulated, strong, firm, turning neither in nor out.
Metatarsus : Short, vertical to ground.
Hind feet : Toes short, arched and well-knit.  Nails short and black.

GAIT / MOVEMENT  : Flexible, elegant, agile, free and ground covering.  The front legs swinging as far forward as possible, the hind legs, ground covering and springy, provide the necessary drive.  The front leg of one side and the hind leg on the other side move forward at the same time.  The back, the ligaments and the joints are firm.

SKIN : Tight fitting over the whole body.


HAIR : The coat should be wiry, harsh and dense.  It consists of a dense undercoat and a not too short top coat, lying close to the body. 

The top coat is rough and sufficiently long to allow the checking of its texture ; it is neither bristly nor wavy.  Hair on the limbs tends to be less harsh.  Coat short on forehead and ears.  Typical characteristics are the not too soft beard on the muzzle and the bushy eyebrows which slightly shade the eyes.


  • Pure black with black undercoat.
  • Pepper and Salt.

When breeding Pepper and Salt, the aim is a medium shading with evenly distributed,  well pigmented,  pepper colouring and grey undercoat.  The shades from dark iron grey to silver grey are all permitted.  In all colour variations there must be a dark mask,  which should adapt harmoniously to the respective colour, emphasizing the expression. Distinct light markings on head, chest and limbs are undesirable.

Height at withers :      Dogs and bitches :      60 to 70 cm.
Weight :                     Dogs and bitches :      35 to 47 kg.

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.  Particularly :

  • Head altogether too small or too short.
  • Heavy or round skull.
  • Wrinkles on forehead.
  • Short, pointed or narrow muzzle.
  • Pincer bite.
  • Strongly protuding cheeks or cheekbones.
  • Light, too large or round eyes.
  • Low set, too long or unevenly carried ears.
  • Throatiness.
  • Dewlap, narrow crest of neck.
  • Too long, tucked up or soft back.
  • Roach back.
  • Croup falling away.
  • Tail set inclined towards head.
  • Long feet.
  • Pacing movement.
  • Too short, too long, soft, wavy, shaggy, silky, white or spotted coat or other mixed colours.
  • Brown undercoat.
  • In Pepper and Salt : a black trace on the back or black saddle.
  • Over- or undersize up to 2 cm.



  • Clumsy or light build. Too low or too high on leg.
  • Inverse sexual type (i.e. doggy bitch).
  • Elbows turning out.
  • Straight or open hocked hindlegs.
  • Hocks turned inwards.
  • Over- or undersize by more than 2 cm but less than 4 cm.


  • Shy, aggressive, vicious, exaggeratedly suspicious or nervous behaviour.
  • Malformation of any kind.
  • Lack of breed type.
  • Faulty mouth, such as over- or undershot or wry mouth.
  • Severe faults in individual parts, such as faults in structure, coat and colour.
  • Over- or undersize by more than 4 cm.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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THE ORIGINS. Draft of a recent derivation of the medium Schnauzer, but the remote devout origins of this race go searched in the antichi dogs from shepherdesses of the Tirolo and in the Bovaro of the Fiandre. From the medium Schnauzer, insisting with the Bovaro of the Fiandre and the molosso Germanic, it came fixed, around to 1880, the giant race that, initially dog of the brewers and the butchers of Monaco di Baviera, then diffuses in all the Germany and allestero.  

THE BEHAVIOR. An enormous importance goes given to the character of this dog, that it must be frank, loyal and of great equilibrium; aggressive or uselessly afraid subjects go perci penalize to you immediately. Laddestramento of the enough easy Riesenschnauzer; this dog today included between the breeds from defense (united to the Boxer and the Doberman) and obtains an always increasing interest, as well as discreetly to be diffused in all the countries, in many of which comes used also like helping of the police forces.
  Laddestramento, like for the others breeds from job, goes begun in way a lot graduates them without to force the times, and above all without excessive constrictions, but favouring the natural tendencies of the dog.




EMPLOYMENT: Dog from utilit and company.

CLASSIFICAZONE THE ICF: Group 2 Swiss Dogs of type pinscher and schnauzer, molossoidi and bovari dogs

Section 1 Dogs of type pinscher and schnauzer.

Subordinate to job test.

SHORT HISTORICAL SIGNALS: In origin the schnauzer giant it was employed in the southern regions of the Germany like conductor of the herds. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, some breeders, I became account of its strabilianti potenzialit like dog from job and of its peculiar pregi characterial ones, of it they began the selection. In 1913 it came founded the genealogico book in which the registarvano subjects, and, after solo 12 years, cio in 1925, the race received the official acknowledgment and came classified like dog from job.

GENERAL ASPECT: Of large ransom, powerful, devout compact that slanciato. E' the copy magnified and irrobustita of the schnauzer. E' a fierce dog, predisposed to the defense and the whose preroom incute respect.


IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Of square construction, that it means that the Height corresponds approximately to the length of the log.

The total length of the head (measured cio from the tip of the tartufo to the crest occipita them) corresponds to the met of the length of the back (measured from the garrese to the attack of tail)

COMPORTAMENTO/TEMPERAMENTO: Typical of its character they are the equilibrium of the temperament and the fedelt incorruttibile in the comparisons of just the landladies. Its organs of sense are are a lot develop you as it they are also its intelligence, its attitude all ' training, its force, its perseveranza, its rapidit and its resistance to the inclemencies and to the diseases. Its innata one capacit sopportare the hard work and its emergency makes of riesenschnauzer the ideal dog for the company and the employment in the training to the defense or the utilit.


occipite the strong and lengthened skull with little saliente. The head must be in harmony with the size of the dog. Flat frontal Losso with very stiff skin, the horizontal line of the forehead must be parallel to the advanced line of the snout.

Stop:   the stop very marked and with l aid of the sopraciglia it appears very obvious.


Tartufo: a lot developed always black with narici very opened

Snout: it finishes to cone log, the rectilinear advanced line

Labbra: black, very adherent and flat against the jaws, the little obvious labiale commessura

Teeth: solid jaw and jaw, strong closing to very combaciante scissor. The set of teeth must be complete with 42 strong teeth and white men, and respect the dental formula of the dog. The muscle to massetere very developed but much not to make to seem the cheeks too much in relief in order not to alter l rectangular aspect of the head, with l aid of the beard

Eyes: of medium largeness and shape oval inserted in semilateral position and devout dark the possible one   with one expression alive. The eyelids are very adherent to the ocular globe

Orecchie: integral refolded and pendants attacked high on the head to   turned upside down shape of v, is capacities in symmetrical way and revolts in avanti(when the dog in attention) in direction of the zigomi, the inner edge of the adherent orecchie to cheeks. L junction does not have to exceed the line of the skull


The neck is melted harmoniously in the garrese and musculature agrees again strongly to the nape with one. In harmony with the rest of the body the solidly inserted neck, slanciato and nobly arch. The skin the woven very stiff throat and below not the shape   pliche


Dorsal line: the dorsal line leggermente descendant from the garrese   towards the posterior one

Garrese: it represents the high point devout of the dorsal line

Back: strongly, short and detention

Kidney : solid and short wide. The distance between l last arc costs them and the short thigh much to make to appear the compact dog

Rump: it is melted imperceptibly with l junction of the tail and leggermente rounded off

Chest : of width moderated, the cross-sectional oval and come down section until the elbow. Front the chest clearly contraddistinto from the tip of the sterno.

Inferior line and ventre: i l ventre moderately retratto and joining with the inferior part of    thorax   it designs one beautiful arched line

  Tail: natural


FRONT LIMBS: forehead approvals the front limbs are solid, straight and not too much near. Approvals of profile the forearms are straight

Shoulder: the decidedly adherent bachelor to the wall of the thorax, rather muscolosa exceeds in height the spiny apophyses of the vertebre thoracic. It must be   devout angled the possible one and very inserted, langolo that form with l horizontal of approximately 50

Arm: very adherent to the body, solid and muscoloso shape with the bachelor an angle between the 95 and the 105

Elbow: very adherent, without shunting lines n towards the outside that towards l inner

Forearm: approval from every side absolutely straight,   very developed and with very obvious musculature

Carpale articulation: solid, firm, famous little in the structure dell forearm

Metacarpo: approval frontally must be vertical, in famous the lateral profile an light inclination, must be solid and muscoloso and leggermente elastic

Front foot: collected and round, the fingers very are arch (cat foot), the plantari bearings are strong and black and the nails are strong and dark

  POSTERIOR LIMBS: profile approvals the posterior limbs are tilt to you, seen posteriorly they are parallels and not too much it draws near to you

Thigh: of medium length, wide and much muscolosa

Ginocchio: very direct, never turned towards the inside or the outside

Leg: long, strong and nevrile, one agrees again in the garretto, than dev' to be strong

Garretto: a lot very angled, sturdy and firm, never had towards the inside or the outside

Metatarso: short and perpendicular to the ground

Posterior foot: short fingers, arch and sluices; the nails are short and of dark color

  MOVEMENT Melted, elegant, agile, free and wide. The front limbs extend devout the possible one in ahead, that posterior procurano the necessary push for of long and the elastic ones falcate. L front limb, on one side, and the posterior one, from the opposite side   they are left over at the same time. The back, the legamenti and the articulations are firm


Very adherent on all the body


Hair: the hair must hard (cos be said iron thread) and very driven in, the cape is made up sufficiently of a sottopelo very driven in and a hair of cover (along from being able some to estimate the qualit) hard and very adherent, dev' n not to be goffered, n undulated. The hair on the limbs stretches to being less hard. The hair normally devout short gannet forehead and the orecchie. The beard, not too much soft,   and the sopraciglia cespugliose that covers the eyes leggermente, they are one typical characteristic of race


       Black unicolore with sottopelo black.

       Pepper and knows them (mixed of bicolored hairs with grey base and black band)

As far as the pepper and black and uniform knows them nell breeding is attempted to obtain a medium color with one tonalit pepper very pigmented of, with sottopelo a gray. They are admitted of the tonalit that they go from the dark gray color of the iron to the gray   devout silverplated. Independently from tonalit of the cape the all schnauzer the devout pepper and knows them must have a dark mask that emphasizes l expression and that spouse harmoniously with the color of the subject. The presence of   clearly clear zones on the head, the chest, and on   limbs are not from searching themselves.


Height: it is for the males who for the females from 60 to 70 cm

Ideal weight: it is for the males who for the females from 35 to 45 kg.


All us that discosta from the characteristics over described to consider penalized defect that sar in function of its gravit.


       Small or too much too much short head, in its together

       Heavy or rounded off skull

       Forehead with rugosa skin

       Short snout, appuntito or tightened

       Closing of i   teeth to tenaglia

       Too much sporgenti zigomatiche arched cheeks and

       Eyes clear, large or too much round

       Orecchie attacked low, too much long or capacities not in symmetrical way

       Presence of giogaia

       Esile neck

       Back too much along, guaranteed weak person and

       Back of carpa

       Rump scoscesa

       Tail capacity too much   high and revolt towards the head (from lepre)

       Feet lengthen to you

       Movement in Ambio

       Short, too much along, soft, setoso hair too much, of color white man, picchiettato or with various color from that one prescribed

       Sottopelo brown

       For the subjects pepper and strip knows them black strip on the back (d eel) or black saddleback

       Inferior or advanced ransom to 2cm. regarding the limits of the standard.


       Construction rough or light, subject high or too much too much low on the limbs

       Sexual characters little mark to you

       Elbows turn aside to you towards the outside

       Posterior vaccine or to botte

       Garretti turns aside to you towards l inner

       Inferior or advanced ransom to that one indicated from the standard for devout of 2 cm and less than 4 cm


       Every type of malformation

       Subjects lacking tipicit

       Defects of closing, prognatismo, enognatismo, arched of recorded to you turned aside

       Regarding serious defects the construction, the hair and the color

       Inferior or advanced ransom   of 4 cm. or devout regarding the standard

       Behavior frightening, aggressive, mordacious, mistrustful and esageratamente nervous

N.B. The males must completely have two testicoli of normal aspect reductions in the scroto.