The hybrid dog breed called the Giant Schnoodle is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. However, the two dog breeds that combine to make the Giant Schnoodle have long histories that can be looked at. While its date of origin is not clear, the Giant Schnauzer derives from the Standard Schnauzer, a canine shown in artwork as far back as 1492.
The Giant Schnauzer is a result of the Standard Schnauzer being bred with dogs that are larger (such as the Great Dane). The development of these dogs created a breed to work as a herder as well as to guard livestock. The original role of the Giant Schnauzer was to drive cattle to the market. By the beginning of the 20th century, the role of the Giant Schnauzer changed to where he was guarding breweries, stockyards and butcher shops. They have also been trained for police work, though as a result of their size and potential aggression, they are now rarely used for police work in the United States and Europe. The American Kennel Club first recognized the Giant Schnauzer in 1930.
Thought to be one of the oldest breeds, the Poodle originated in Germany but developed to the breed we now know in France from a combination of European dogs, along with the North African Barbet. It may also be possible that the Poodle descended from Asian herding dogs and became the German Water dog while with the Ostrogoth and German Goth tribes. Another theory is that the Poodle descended from the Asian steppes who found themselves in Portugal after defeating the North African Berbers in the 8th century. At first, the Poodle was a water dog; in France it was known for its duck-hunting abilities. The breed has served man well as a guide dog, guard dog, service dog and performing dog. The American Kennel Club registered their first Poodle in 1888.