Giant Border Schnollie

33-88 lbs
Border Collie
Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Border Schnollie is a mix between a Border Collie and a Giant Schnauzer. Common colors of the parent breeds are black, salt and pepper, and black with white markings. The Border Collie can be bicolor or tricolor. A Giant Schnauzer has a wiry, hard and dense coat and the Border Collie can have a rough or smooth coat but both are double coats, with a coarser outer coat and soft undercoat. The Giant Border Schnollie is likely to need moderate maintenance and shed a fair bit but not excessively. Both parent breeds make good family pets although the Border Collie is better with children. They are also very energetic and need a huge amount of exercise and stimulation to keep happy. They are also better with other dogs than the Giant Schnauzer who can be somewhat aggressive with other dogs and cats. Both parent breeds are good companion pets and working dogs with the Giant Schnauzer used in the police or military and the Border Collie as sheep dogs. Your Giant Border Schnollie will have a great combination of two energetic parents, making for an active addition to the family.

purpose Purpose
‚ÄčCompanion pet, working dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Giant Schnauzer, Border Collie

Giant Border Schnollie Health

Average Size
Male Giant Border Schnollie size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 35-90 lbs
Female Giant Border Schnollie size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 33-88 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis
  • Shoulder Osteochondrosis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Ophthalmic Exam

Giant Border Schnollie Breed History

The Giant Border Schnollie is a combination of a Giant Schnauzer and a Border Collie. The¬†Giant Schnauzer was developed in Germany as one of the three distinct Schnauzer breeds,¬†Miniature, Standard and Giant. The Giant Schnauzer is thought to have been created by¬†crossing the Standard Schnauzer with the black Great Dane and possibly the Bouvier des¬†Flandres. They were bred as farm dogs and later used as guard dogs, often in breweries. In¬†Germany they were used by the police and as military dogs in both world wars and are still used¬†as working dogs today. Giant Schnauzers first arrived in America in the 1930s and were¬†registered by the American Kennel Club in 1930. The Giant Schnauzer Club of America was¬†founded in 1962. Regarded by many as the most intelligent dog breed, the Border Collie was¬†developed to herd sheep in the border country between Scotland and England and is today still¬†regarded as a workaholic. The word ‚Äúcollie‚ÄĚ is derived from the Scottish dialect used to describe¬†sheepdogs. They were first classified as Scotch Sheep Dogs but later renamed Border Collies.¬†Queen Victoria was said to be a fan of the breed after seeing one on a trip to Balmoral. A¬†Border Collie starred in the hit movie Babe, about a young pig who wants to become a¬†sheepdog. The breed is highly prized today as sheep herding dogs and excel in various dog¬†sports like agility. The Border Collie was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995.

Giant Border Schnollie Breed Appearance

Common colors of the parent breeds of the Giant Border Schnollie include black, salt and pepper, grey, brindle, red, white, or fawn. The coat of your hybrid is likely to be wiry, rough, hard, smooth and dense. The rough coat often has feathering on the legs, chest, and belly while the smooth variety is coarser with very little feathering. Border Collies are strong and agile with brown, oval eyes spaced well apart. Your hybrid will be muscular with a distinct beard and eyebrows. They will have oval shaped eyes inherited from the Giant Schnauzer as well, which are dark brown and deep-set. Your dog will most likely have a tail that is low when working but up when they are excited or happy.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Giant Border Schnollie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Giant Border Schnollie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Giant Border Schnollie coat
fawn Giant Border Schnollie coat
brindle Giant Border Schnollie coat
black Giant Border Schnollie coat
gray Giant Border Schnollie coat
red Giant Border Schnollie coat
white Giant Border Schnollie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Giant Border Schnollie wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Giant Border Schnollie Breed Maintenance

The Giant Border Schnollie is likely to need moderate maintenance but is not likely to shed excessively. The Border Collie is not hypoallergenic unlike the Giant Schnauzer and is regarded as quite a low maintenance breed. They do shed throughout the year but not excessively so a weekly brush will prevent any mats from forming. They don’t need a lot of baths unless they get very dirty playing or working. The Giant Schnauzer needs trimming around the eyebrows, beard and on the body and in keeping with that trait, your hybrid will probably need brushing around three times a week and shaping of the fur when it gets too long. Try to brush your dog’s teeth daily to prevent any dental issues and check ears for dirt. If necessary wipe them gently with damp cotton wool. Nails also need to be checked to see if they need clipping.

Brushes for Giant Border Schnollie
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Giant Border Schnollie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Giant Border Schnollie Temperament

A Giant Border Schnollie is likely to be an intelligent, energetic dog who will be a great family pet but will need to be monitored around small children. Border Collies get along well with other dogs compared to the Giant Schnauzer who can be aggressive with other dogs and cats. A Border Collie needs to be busy a lot of the time so needs an owner who can spend a lot of time with him. If he isn’t exercised and stimulated he can become quite destructive. They are sensitive dogs who respond well to praise but can become shy if not socialized early. They tend to be a bit reserved around strangers. The Giant Schnauzer is very protective of his family and wary of strangers but is a playful, energetic dog. They are also sensitive dogs who are aware of their owner’s moods. Your Giant Border Schnollie will need firm guidance and is recommended for owners with some experience of dogs.

Giant Border Schnollie Activity Requirements

The Giant Border Schnollie will need a lot of exercise to keep fit and happy. He will need a least one hour of strenuous exercise every day and can become very destructive if he doesn’t get enough. He will love a long run and daily walks and as well, games like fly ball or frisbee will be particularly enjoyed.  Activities like dog trials, agility and obedience classes are a good opportunity to socialize your pet. A Border Collie can adapt to apartment living provided they are exercised sufficiently but a Giant Schnauzer is better suited to a house with a fenced yard. Giant Schnauzers tolerate the cold more than the heat and Border Collies are happy in most weather as long as they are busy. Keeping these facts about the parents in mind, your Giant Border Schnollie will be an all around easy going dog with energy to burn.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Giant Border Schnollie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Giant Border Schnollie Owner Experiences

2 Years
2 People
It's a very confident dog, likes yo explore by himself, extremely awareness and like yo socialize. Good as defender, no frightening.
3 years, 5 months ago
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