They are good with children if properly trained. The breed is dominant with other dogs and should be socialized extensively both with other dogs and people as a puppy. Giants need lots of exercise as a puppy to prevent restlessness. Giants are very protective, bold and spirited; they are also calm, loyal, responsible and intelligent. They are well behaved with considerate children and are reserved with strangers. They are also easy to train and are good with other pets.
Giant Schnauzers also make excellent jogging companions, however they are not recommended for novice owners.
Giants usually live for 12 to 15 years and are known to be excellent watch dogs.
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