About the origin of Emi the Giant and her dog breed

emi the giant schnuazer and a gray mini schnauzer

The origin of Emi (respectively her dog breed) originated from Württemberg, Germany, and is of ancient origin, dating back to medieval times. It was originally used as a stable dog in southern Germany, where it would zealously hunt rats and mice – earning it the nickname “Rattler”. The breed has wiry, hard hair that is dense in the blanket area and medium hard on the legs, beard, and eyebrows. There are three color variations: pure black, pepper-salt (rarely with Mittelschnauzer), and white and black-silver (only with dwarfs).

Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer was originally bred as a shepherd and guard dog on the large alpine pastures in the Alps. He also defended carts from possible attackers. For a time, he was called the “sooty bear schnauzer”. The Giant Schnauzer is a very alert, intelligent and sensitive dog that tends to be suspicious of strangers, just like Emi. In his family, however, he is very affectionate and needs attention. Since the Giant Schnauzer used to accompany wagons on their long journeys, he needs plenty of exercise and activity but also sufficient rest. Giant Schnauzers are very robust and muscular dogs. The size varies from 24 to 28 inches. Giant Schnauzers reach a weight of about 80-110 pounds.

Regular Schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer is the original type of the breed and was popular in Munich, Germany, for a long time. They lived with the horses in the stable and were responsible for defending the goods and belongings of their owners. This trait is still reflected in the behavior of Schnauzers today. The Standard Schnauzer grows 18 to 20 inches tall and weighs 35 to 40 pounds. They come in black and pepper-salt colors.

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a clever and fearless small dog, bred since 1880. He is the scaled-down image of the Schnauzer, without the shortcomings of dwarf breeds according to the breed standard. The Miniature Schnauzer has a square build and his height at withers equals approximately to length of his torso. They weigh between 7 to 18 pounds. His coat can be black with silver tips (peppered), solid black or salt & pepper mix. The typical temperament and demeanor traits of a small size dog supplement those of the Miniature Schnauzer giving him an alert and watchful attitude. In encounters with other dogs he comes across as dominant which earned him the nickname “little giant”.


The Schnauzer is a breed of dog that was historically used for various purposes, such as guarding property and keeping vermin at bay. These dogs are characterized by their loyalty, courage, and determination. Today, Schnauzers make great companions and can excel in various canine sports. Early and consistent training is essential for this breed, as they have a tendency to try to take charge if their position in the family is not clearly defined.

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