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Why Are Giant Schnauzers Good Guard Dogs



4 min read


Why Are Giant Schnauzers Good Guard Dogs




Since the beginning, one of the main jobs of domesticated dogs is to protect their owner and even guard property against unwanted animals or people. While most of today’s dogs will act instinctually to guard the home, there are certain breeds that are known to possess the characteristics needed to keep unwanted intruders away. Basically because of their physical strength, resistance to pain, temperament, courage, and loyalty, these breeds are sought after as guard dogs and one of the most popular guard dog breeds is the Giant Schnauzer. When properly trained, they make excellent pets that are reliable with children and respectful with boundaries. 

The Root of the Behavior

What makes the Giant Schnauzer a very good guard dog? Well, their personality can vary from one dog to another but they are generally loyal and loving companions who bring joy and laughter to the home. The key to raising a Giant Schnauzer that is well-adjusted and happy is the responsibility to exercise and train these dogs while they are still young. Giant Schnauzers that are improperly trained and exercised can be very challenging. With this breed, you get out of them what you willingly put in. if you are somebody who does not have the time to walk or run a few miles a day with your dog, the Giant Schnauzer is not for you. Some of the best ways to keep him fit is hiking, walking, jogging, and biking. It is also beneficial to enroll them in agility training to keep their mind sharp. With proper exercise, your dog can be physically fit and will be able to maintain a steady temperament. If you have a Schnauzer that is high-strung, it is probable that he is not getting adequate exercise.

Aggression is a very common trait of the Schnauzer so it is a must to keep small dogs and cats away because they will be chased and the chasing can cause serious injuries. This dog is best for a one-pet home, it is best to keep them in a fenced yard, and they should be kept on a leash at all times when out walking or jogging. Training this breed varies from one dog to another but it should start as early as possible. There must be firm leadership and 100% consistency, as well as enormous amounts of delicious treats. They will not respect an ineffectual leader. Basic obedience must be mastered before other types of lessons begin. Compared to other breeds, Schnauzers need a lot of socialisation. It is common for them to be timid around strangers but they may resort to biting or snapping. It is vital to teach them early that other people and pets can be trusted and they have nothing to fear when they find themselves sin new situations. 

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Encouraging the Behavior

This German dog breed makes an excellent guard dog and is a frequent feature in competitions because of their size, they grow up to 27 inches at the shoulders. They are not as heavy as the Rottweiler and this makes them a lot easier to handle for smaller persons. The Schnauzer is intelligent, like all breeds that are excellent in protection, and they are able to pick up new commands easily. Most of them have docked tails and clipped ears making them look more alert and most of them are also solid black, a color that appears fiercer to most people.

Guarding is in its genes. Historically it has been used for a variety of functions. Their ancestors herded cattle, guarded brewers, hauled carts, and also served as a police dog. They bond quickly with families but they can be destructive if they do not have enough activity. Their powerful and compact build makes them very intimidating but their extreme family loyalty makes them excellent guard dogs. They are a lover of the outdoors and when properly trained, they can have very endearing personalities, and you will find out, to your delight, that they are a very playful breed. However, they are not great city dogs and they are more suited for rural, farm and country life. After all, their ancestors herded cattle. 

Other Solutions and Considerations

Educating and training your Schnauzer correctly from the moment they come to your home is vital. All who live with the animal must agree on what the dog can and cannot do. Everyone must also be in harmony when it comes to the words that will be used in teaching the dog. This is crucial because if one person indicates a command or action with one word and another person uses a different word, there will be confusion and the dog won’t be able to make the connection. It is also essential to think about routines and positive schedules for your beloved Schnauzer. It is a must to be consistent for the dog to have balance. They need to know which areas of the house are off limits. Establishing rules and limits in a positive way gives your dog stability and happiness.


The Giant Schnauzer is prized for many of its positive traits such as loyalty but if not trained properly, it can be destructive. It is important to ask yourself if you have the time, patience and effort to invest in its proper training before getting one. The Schnauzer can be a delightful addition to your home and your family and can be a friend for life. 

By a Chow Chow lover Jhoana Carla de Toro

Published: 04/01/2018, edited: 01/30/2020

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