Giant Schnauzer Chin

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7-48 lbs
​United States
Japanese Chin
Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer Chin is a mix between a Japanese Chin and a Giant Schnauzer, two very different sized dogs, so your pet may vary in stature and build depending on which parent breed is more dominant. Common colors are black, salt and pepper, white, red, possibly with tan points. The coat of your hybrid could be wiry, hard, and dense like the Giant Schnauzer or silky and long like the Japanese Chin. Your pet is likely to need moderate maintenance and is likely to shed a fair bit. A Giant Schnauzer is energetic and intelligent and will need regular exercise, unlike a Japanese Chin who will be happy with less as long as he is around his family. The Giant Schnauzer Chin is not recommended for people with young children, especially if the hybrid is on the large size and has an exuberant personality.

​Companion pet, working dog
Date of Origin
Giant Schnauzer, Japanese Chin

Giant Schnauzer Chin Health

Average Size
Male Giant Schnauzer Chin size stats
Height: 10-20 inches Weight: 8-50 lbs
Female Giant Schnauzer Chin size stats
Height: 9-18 inches Weight: 7-48 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Heart Murmur
Minor Concerns
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis
  • Shoulder Osteochondrosis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Ophthalmic Examination

Giant Schnauzer Chin Breed History

The Giant Schnauzer Chin is a combination of a Giant Schnauzer and a Japanese Chin. The Giant Schnauzer was developed in Germany as one of the three distinct Schnauzer breeds, Miniature, Standard and Giant. Originally used as farm workers, the breed also excelled at rat and vermin control. Talented at guarding as well, this breed has been around since ancient times. Ancestors of the Giant Schnauzer are thought to be the Wolf Spitz, the Wirehaired Pinscher, and the German Poodle. The Giant Schnauzer Club of America was founded in 1962. Despite its name, the earliest origins of the Japanese Chin are to be found in China, not Japan. Thought to have originated in the Chinese imperial court, they were highly prized and often given as gifts. Some historians believe that the Pekingese, which also has his origins in China, was developed from the Japanese Chin, which are also known as Japanese Spaniels. In Japan the dogs were restricted to those of royal blood. There is some evidence that the first Japanese Chin were given as gifts by the Emperor of Japan to an American naval officer Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853 when he sailed into Uraga Harbor near Edo — now Tokyo — and introduced Japan to international trade. He was apparently given seven dogs, two of which survived the passage back to the USA where some of the owners included President Franklin Pierce, then-Secretary-of-War Jefferson Davis, and Perry's daughter, Caroline Perry Belmont. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

Giant Schnauzer Chin Breed Appearance

The Giant Schnauzer Chin is a mix between a Japanese Chin and a Giant Schnauzer. Common colors are likely to be black, salt and pepper, white, and red, while the coat could be wiry, hard, and dense like the Giant Schnauzer or silky and long like the Japanese Chin. The two parent breeds are very different, with the Giant Schnauzer having a large, muscular body with a distinct beard and eyebrows. They have oval shaped eyes which are dark brown and deep-set and tails that are usually docked. The Japanese Chin is also quite sturdily built but is much smaller than a Giant Schnauzer with a short face, and large expressive eyes. They have feathered ears, and feathering on the back of the front legs. The tail is plumed. Your hybrid will take on the most dominant features of the parent, though typically this hybrid is seen with the characteristic eyebrow and beard features.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Giant Schnauzer Chin eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Giant Schnauzer Chin nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Giant Schnauzer Chin coat
white Giant Schnauzer Chin coat
red Giant Schnauzer Chin coat
brown Giant Schnauzer Chin coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Giant Schnauzer Chin wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Giant Schnauzer Chin Breed Maintenance

The Giant Schnauzer Chin is likely to need moderate maintenance like both the parent breeds. The Giant Schnauzer is hypoallergenic but the Japanese Chin isn’t, so care of the coat will depend on who your pet most takes after. The Giant Schnauzer needs trimming around the eyebrows, beard, and on the body but the Japanese Chin doesn’t need his fur trimmed or clipped, apart from occasionally around the feet. Your pet won’t need a lot grooming to keep looking good and doesn’t shed much either. Like the parent breeds, your pet is unlikely to need brushing more than once a week. Try to brush your dog’s teeth daily to prevent any dental issues and check ears for dirt or wax. If necessary, wipe them gently with damp cotton wool. Nails also need to be checked to see if they need clipping or care.

Brushes for Giant Schnauzer Chin
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Giant Schnauzer Chin requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Giant Schnauzer Chin Temperament

A Giant Schnauzer Chin is likely to take on many of the traits of their parent breeds so is likely to be a great family pet preferably in a home with older children. The Giant Schnauzer is very protective of his family and wary of strangers but is a playful, energetic dog. They are very intelligent dogs but will need early socialization as they can be aggressive with other dogs and cats.  A Japanese Chin is a bit harder to train especially when it comes to housetraining. They love being with people and are playful, happy dogs. They are a bit like cats in that they love to climb and groom themselves. Japanese Chins need to be kept on a leash when outdoors as they do chase other animals. They don’t need a huge amount of exercise and don’t like being left alone for too long. Your hybrid will be a wonderful combination of the two, who will thrive on consistent but patient training. Direction is welcomed and necessary so that your hybrid understands his place in the household.

Giant Schnauzer Chin Activity Requirements

Depending on which parent breed the Giant Schnauzer Chin most takes after will depend on how much exercise will be required. A Giant Schnauzer needs a least one hour of strenuous exercise every day and can become very destructive if he doesn’t get enough. They love going for runs or long walks and need to be on a leash as do Japanese Chins so they don’t chase other dogs. The Japanese Chin needs very little exercise and is happy as long as their owner is close by. They do well in an apartment unlike the Giant Schnauzer, who needs to have a yard to play in, though he should still live indoors. Both parent breeds tolerate colder weather more than the heat so don’t walk them when it is too hot.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Giant Schnauzer Chin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$34 - $52

Giant Schnauzer Chin Owner Experiences

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