The Giant Schnauzer is a very spirited and bold dog. He is loyal and loving. He is the very essence of intelligence. In his temperament you will find an alert and reliable soul. He is composed and extremely watchful. He is a hard working dog with the temperament of a Terrier. The Giant Schnauzer is to be considered a dominant breed which needs a firm, experienced and consistent trainer. They can be easy to train if you have earned their respect and trust. They respond best to a positive attitude and a plentiful supply of rewards. They must be trained by an experienced professional beginning as a puppy in order to make a good pet. Most Giant Schnauzers are not to be considered a reliable pet for most households. When a Giant Schnauzer is a puppy, they will test you in every way over and over. To the Giant Schnauzer, it is up to the owner to conform to their way of life. However, once they have learned to love you, they will be loving and loyal, and even dote upon you. They love to be with their owner at all times and will follow them absolutely anywhere. There are no sacred places when you have a Giant Schnauzer! It is almost a compulsive need that they have to be in the same proximity of you at all times. They will smother you with their disregard for your personal space and time. Their invasion of your comfort zone is what keeps them adjusted and truly happy. It is said that the Giant Schnauzer is so in tune with their owners that they can not only read your expression, but they can anticipate your desires in a way that is almost telepathic. The Giant Schnauzer is a true independent thinker. They are true problem solvers and are very good at figuring things out. There are stories of some Giant Schnauzers who have learned how to open the refrigerator or cupboard in order to get themselves a snack! Once they figure out something it is difficult to stay even one step ahead of them! They can be destructive if left to their own devices for any period of time. Some have been known to eat an entire couch when left alone for a mere thirty minutes! Without the proper amount of stimulation, your belongings could be in serious trouble! Even then, you will need to keep a close eye on them. While the Giant Schnauzer is open and friendly with his owner, the opposite can be true with strangers. They are generally very reserved around strangers. They are tremendously protective of their owners and do not take kindly to any kind of action they may feel threatens them or their owner. Usually their size alone is a great deterrent for trouble! The Giant Schnauzer is truly a dog that walks to the beat of his own drum. If you are a person who can go with the flow, then you will enjoy this dog.