The Giant Schnauzer, the largest of the Schnauzer breeds, is not technically a giant breed, but they are large and powerful and are appreciated for their stable temperament and versatile working ability. They were developed in the agricultural regions of Bavaria and Wurttenburg in Germany when there was high demand for dogs as drovers and guardians for farms and businesses. They received special recognition during WW1 in Germany for their sharp minds and trainability as military and police dogs. Their natural protective instincts extend to their home life and they feel a strong sense of responsibility to keep their family safe. They are very intelligent and perceptive though and with proper training can distinguish friend from foe. This active and rambunctious breed requires lots of exercise and playtime and appreciates having a job to do. Their profuse coat will need routine brushing and stripping.