Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer

15-60 lbs
United States
Giant Schnauzer
Wire Fox Terrier

The Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer is a hybrid breed where the stately Giant Schnauzer is crossed with the spunky Wire Fox Terrier. Relatively new, there is little information available about the Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer but owners and breeders alike agree that this hybrid is strong in heart and body and he thrives on being active and part of the family. He has a friendly disposition and is highly trainable.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Giant Schnauzer and Wire Fox Terrier Mix

Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer Health

Average Size
Male Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer size stats
Height: 13-25 inches Weight: 15-60 lbs
Female Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer size stats
Height: 13-25 inches Weight: 15-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Cobalamin Malabsorption
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Lens Luxation
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Chronic Anemia
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Ear Examination
  • Skeletal Exam

Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer Breed History

The hybrid called the Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. However, the two breeds that combine to make the Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer, have stories behind them to investigate, allowing one to get an early picture of the hybrid. Depicted in historical works before 1500, the Giant Schnauzer originated when the Standard Schnauzer was bred with larger breeds like the Great Dane. Excelling as guardians of flocks and livestock while at the same time being gentle herders, they were first put to work as cattle drivers. In later years, their size even provided them with work in police forces, though they are no longer used for this purpose. They joined the American Kennel Club in 1930 in the Working Group. The Wire Fox Terrier joined the roster of the AKC in 1985,  and are thought to be descendants from the Black and Tan Terriers with rough coats, who hail from Wales, Derbyshire and Durham. The Wire Fox Terrier as a breed has been appreciated by royal owners; for example, Edward VII owned a dog of the breed named Caesar. The breed’s name comes from several places: the “wire” is used to describe his coat, the “fox” is for the type of game it hunted in the past and the “terrier” is the family of the dog’s origin. The combination of these two great breeds results in a quick and alert canine who enjoys a job to do.

Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer Breed Appearance

The Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer has a double coat; the topcoat is dense and wiry while the undercoat is soft. The top of his head will have course hair, as will his eyebrows and beard. He can be seen in black as well as a salt and pepper mix that can appear silver-gray to dark iron-gray. Also seen is a coat of white with black and tan markings. Usually medium to large in size, this hybrid is square in shape and presents with V-shaped ears. His eyes will be round or oval and dark, but will show an air of intelligence and kindness. His tail will not be overly long and will be held upright.

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

Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer Breed Maintenance

The Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer’s coat will require a lot of maintenance, to include regular grooming every six to eight weeks. Stripping of the fur, suggested to be done by a groomer, may be required. He should be brushed a few times a week with a pin brush and his beard will need to be combed and cleaned several times each day in order to remove any food that has gotten stuck in the fur or mixed with water when he drinks. A clean cloth can be used to dry his beard after he drinks; this is important because if he beard is not cleaned and dried it will begin to smell. Check his ears often for redness or excess moisture, brush his teeth three times a week and do not neglect a regular trimming of the nails.

Brushes for Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer Temperament

The Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer is usually a clever dog who is an independent thinker yet doesn’t mind relaxing to join in on a game or two. He can be a bit headstrong and may want to take charge of the household so will need an owner who has the knowledge of how to take the lead. He is good with children as long as the children have been taught to treat the dog with respect. An excellent watchdog, socialization will be important to make sure that he is able to find a friend in humans and canines alike. Watch him around small animals as he does have an innate hunting instinct.

Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer Activity Requirements

The Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer thrives on having  a job to do.He will do very well in obedience trials, and may enjoy field competition. Earth Dog activities are another good task to try; his hunting instinct may make him very proficient at it. One hour a day should be the minimum amount of time you spend exercising your dog. Give him a chance as a running partner or at the very least, take him to the dog park so he can meet other dogs and run around. Keep him on the leash in areas that are not enclosed as he may take off on the chase after small animals he sees as prey.

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

Giant Wire Hair Schnauzer 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 Wire Hair Schnauzer Owner Experiences

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