Originally bred in Germany by farmers to protect and herd cattle, the Giant Schnauzer is the largest of the 3 Schnauzer breeds. They are best suited for a rural life style, needing room to run, and are amazing guard dogs. They may be too boisterous for small children, though. Their black or pepper colored coat does well in both cold and hot weather but needs regular brushing. A working dog, they require patience and commitment. In return you’ll get a protective and loving companion.