Ever wanted a cheerful teddy bear for a dog? The Schnoodle is the perfect option.
Affectionate and charming, these dogs are the perfect family dog. They are natural entertainers, who love to be the center of attention.
A Schnoodle can cost anywhere from $1500 to $4000. Generally speaking, the more expensive the pup, the better their pedigree will be.
They are great for families, couples or singles – they are commonly used as therapy dogs.
Want to know more about this unique charming teddy bear? Keep on reading to find out if this is the dog for you.
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What is a Schnoodle (Overview)?
The Schnoodle is a cross between a Schnauzer and Poodle. They can come in 2 sizes – miniature or standard. It was first bred in the 1980s when poodle hybrids started to gain popularity.
Both parent breeds have miniature and standard sizes – they also have very interesting histories.
The Standard Schnauzer first originated sometime in the middle ages on the farms of Bavaria. They were multi-taskers, who could herd livestock, guard the home and hunt. They became popular in the show scene as the ‘wire-haired pinscher’ and were finally popular in America by the 1920s. The Miniature Schnauzer was more specialized, as a barnyard ratter. The standard and miniature Schnauzer are two separate breeds with the same heritage.
The Poodle also originated from Germany, around 400 years ago. They began as a duck hunter breed, but later grew popular with the French aristocrats. They loved the Poodle’s elegant look and intelligence. They were natural entertainers and had an excellent truffle hunting nose.
The Schnoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (as it is a hybrid) but both parent breeds are. The Standard Schnauzer is part of the working group, and the miniature schnauzer is part of the terrier group. The Poodle is part of the non-sporting group.
There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the appearance of a cross breed like the Schnoodle. However, there is no doubt they will have a sweet and gentle look about them.
They are commonly described as teddy bears.
Schnoodles can look quite different from each other, including puppies from the same litter. They can look more like a schnauzer or could favor more of a poodle look. Or course, they could have a mix of both looks.
They will have a well-proportioned compact body and a handsome face.
Alert dark, round eyes and high set ears. Ears can be unpredictable as Poodles have floppy ears whereas Schnauzers have erect ears, the Schnoodle could have either! Their muzzles are short and slightly concave.
Height and Weight
Both Poodles and Schnauzers have two sizes, miniature and standard, so depending on the pups’ parents, there is no way of telling how big they can grow. What we can do is look at the various sizes the parents can grow to and make a rough estimate from that.
- Miniature Schnoodle: 10-20lb and 14-15 inches tall
- Standard Schnoodle: 30-60lb and 15-20 inches tall
Females generally will be smaller than males
Schnoodles are often one solid color, they don’t tend to have any color markings, but with their unpredictable appearance, anything is possible.
Poodles have many coat color possibilities. There are 10 official poodle colors according to the Poodle breed standard, while the Schnauzer only has 3.
The most common colors seen on a Schnoodle are:
- Black and White
- Black and Tan
Two words that describe the Schnoodle’s coat perfectly are soft and fluffy!
They are often said to be hypoallergenic as they shed very little, however there is no guarantee that they won’t shed at all.
The Schnoodle may inherit the Schnauzer’s wiry, medium length double coat, or it could inherit the Poodles long, thick curly/wavy coat.
Unfortunately you probably won’t know their coat type until they are fully grown.
Schnoodle Personality and Temperament
Schnoodles are happy-go-lucky dogs, fun loving and intelligent.
They want to be the center of attention and love nothing more than being surrounded by their family.
There is never a 100% accurate prediction to how a Schnoodle will act as they could inherit quirks from either parent breed. To get a better understanding of how the Schnoodle will act, we should look at their parent breeds.
Sociable, high-spirited and enthusiastic. They were bred as hard-working farm dogs for hundreds of years.
Protective of their home and loved ones, they are perfect watch dogs.
They are very loyal and are tolerant of children, and will enjoy playing with them.
This pooch is wary of strangers and acts aloof when meeting someone for the first time but are friendly once they have warmed up to them.
Bright and intelligent, poodles are friendly dogs. They will get along with anyone and love their family the most.
They are lively, playful and eager to have fun with their family. Poodles are proud athletes and are very energetic.
This dog is very attentive and emotionally intelligent. Often appearing telepathic, poodles can pick up on your body language. Poodles are emotionally sensitive, meaning they are more likely to develop separation anxiety if you leave them alone for too long.
So what does this all mean for your Schnoodle?
Schnoodles are guaranteed to be friendly dogs as both the Poodle and the Schnauzer have gentle dispositions.
They are great with kids and will enjoy playtime and will love the extra attention only children can give them.
Be aware of the Schnauzers prey drive, as a hunting dog they will want to chase small animals and maybe even small children. However, with the Poodle genes, this instinct may be diluted enough in which case it can be easily trained out.
How to Train a Schnoodle
Even though the Schnoodle is very intelligent, they can be very stubborn. The Schnauzer can be headstrong, so they need a firm hand and a confident trainer.
Schnoodles can get bored easily from the same training techniques, so make sure to mix it up often enough to keep them entertained.
Positive reinforcement training is the best way to teach your dog right from wrong. You should give your dog a treat or praise when they do something you want or when they stop an unwanted behavior.
Socialization is vital, without it you risk them becoming anxious around new dogs and people.
Socialize your Schnoodle with other dogs, people and children. Make introductions somewhere that is neutral or take them to a puppy class. Invite visitors round regularly, show the new experiences and let them know it’s a good experience. Praise and treats would not go amiss during this process.
They are extremely intelligent, thanks to their parent breeds. This means they need a lot of mental stimulation. Take them for a walk somewhere they have never been before, new sights and smells really enrich their day.
Play hide and seek with their treats and toys, give them a puzzle feeder or a simple game of fetch.
Caring for a Schnoodle
The Schnoodle is easy going, playful and cheerful. However, they may have moments where they will be bouncing off the walls, or when they need attention from their special person.
Schnoodles will attach themselves to one person in the family but will love everyone.
They are energetic dogs, meaning they need a lot of activity during the day. They might not shed that much, but that does not mean they don’t need grooming. Brushing and clipping is required with a thick coated dog.
Intelligent and mischievous, these dogs need a secure home to prevent any escape.
They will fit in with any household: couples, singles, empty-nest families or families with kids. As long as you have a big house with enough space for them to run around in, they will love their new home.
As the Schnoodle has working dog parent breeds, they will have a lot of energy.
Without exercise they can become restless and frustrated. 60-90 minutes of exercise each day is required with a standard breed and 30-60 minutes for a miniature size.
Take them for a walk, hike or jog – there are so many options with an active dog like this. As long as you are enjoying yourself, they will be as well!
Schnoodles are retriever dogs at heart, so they would love a game of fetch. Take them to dog parks, a well socialized pup will love meeting new friends. Just be sure to keep them leashed as they could go running off to chase a squirrel.
Grooming and Shedding
As said before, a Schnoodle’s coat can be difficult to predict, it can be either wiry and long like the Schnauzers, or thick and curly like the poodles.
Shedding should not be too much of a problem with this cross breed; however this does not mean there are 100% hypoallergenic. They shed low amounts, but will still need to be brushed to avoid matting, tangles and dirt. Brush them at least once a week.
Schnoodles will also need their hair trimmed, their coats can get long and nobody likes having their hair in their eyes.
As with every dog, they will need their nails trimmed to avoid overgrowth, clean ears and brushed teeth.
Feeding and Diet
How much you feed your Schnoodle is dependent on their size, bigger dogs need more energy therefore more food.
Miniatures will need around 1 cup of kibble a day and standard one will need around 2.5 cups of kibble. Their meals should be spread out equally throughout the day in equal portions, breakfast and dinner.
If you choose to feed your Schnoodle dry food, be sure it is high quality kibble, with natural ingredients and no fillers, like corn syrup.
Dry food with filler ingredients tend to be high in carbs, which is harmful for your pooch.
What you choose to feed your dog is a personal choice, just be sure to ask your vet if you want to change your Schnoodles diet.
Known Health Problems
Cross breeds are generally said to be healthier than pure breeds. Hybrids are less likely to develop genetic disorders, thanks to the introduction of new genes into their DNA.
Hybrids have more genetic diversity, whereas pure breeds fall victim to inbreeding to keep their unique traits and looks.
However they can still develop health issues, some of which include:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy– The retina of the eye starts to deteriorate and can lead to limited vision or blindness.
- Patellar Luxation– This is common in Miniature Schnoodles. It is also known as the dislocation of the kneecap, causing pain and gait issues.
- Hip Dysplasia– Common in Standard Schnoodles, abnormal development of the hip socket, causing painful arthritis and lameness.
- Addison’s Disease– Is the insufficient adrenal hormones produced, causing vomiting, poor appetite and lethargy.
- Gastric Torsion– Commonly referred to as bloat, air becomes trapped in the stomach as it twists and can cause serious problems. Common in bigger and older dogs, dogs who eat too quick and exercise straight after eating.
Not all Schnoodles will get any, or all of these issues but being aware of them will help keep your pooch healthy.
How Long Does A Schnoodle Live?
A healthy Schnoodle will live for 10-15 years.
Smaller Schnoodles are more likely to live longer than their standard sized counterparts.
Quick Breed Summary Table
|Size:||Miniature (14-15 inches) Standard (15-20 inches)|
|Weight:||Miniature (10-20lb) Standard (30-60lb)|
|Coat:||Curly and thick or wiry and long|
|Color:||Black, Sable, Grey, Silver, Apricot, Brown, Sable, Black and White, Black and Tan|
|Do They Shed:||Low amounts|
|Temperament:||Cheerful, affectionate, smart and active|
|Socialization:||Good with other dogs, early socialization is needed|
|Destructive Behavior:||Prone to barking, digging and mouthing|
|People Skills:||Great with people but wary of strangers|
|Good with Children:||Great with kids, loves to play and has a gentle disposition|
|Activity Levels:||Standard sizes (60-90 minutes) Miniature sizes (30-60 minutes)|
This unique cross breed is a cheerful companion and will quickly become one of the family.
Smaller Schnoodles are more appropriate for those who have a more laid-back lifestyle, whereas you will have to get the walking shoes out for the Standard sized one!
They won’t shed too much but will need brushing regularly to keep them neat and tidy.
Schnoodles are loveable and playful, they live to have fun and love to be the center of attention.
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