The Schnauzer Poodle Mix, better known as the Schnoodle, is designer dog with ever growing popularity.
Looking like a walking teddy bear, this dog is considered by some to be at the peak of canine cuteness.
This hybrid dog is one of the sweethearts of the dog world, often described as “forever happy”, they have a natural charm and grace and are loved by all those who meet them.
What is there to know about this crossbreed and what is it like to look after one?
Keep reading below to learn everything you need to know about the super Schnoodle.
|Schnoodle Dog Breed Summary|
|Size||10 to 16 inches in height|
|Weight||10 to 80lb|
|Lifespan||13 – 17 years|
|Breed Type||Mixes and More|
|Suitable For||Active and Outdoor Families, Singles and Couples|
|Color Variations||Black, White, Gray or Brown|
|Temperament||High Energy, Loyal, Clever and Alert|
|Other Names||Schnauzer x Poodle, Schnoodle Doodle, Schnauzer Poodle Mix|
What is a Schnoodle Dog? Dog Breed Information
The Schnoodle is a result of mating a Schnauzer with a Poodle.
These adorable little dogs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, so there’s a perfect match for everyone:
- Miniature Schnoodle
- Standard Schnoodle
- Giant Schnoodle
It is most likely that these dogs were first bred around the 1980s, when Poodle mixes were at the height of fashion.
As they are a crossbreed, they are not recognized by any major Kennel Clubs, including the American Kennel Club.
However, some obedience and agility clubs will accept the Schnoodle as “purebred” if:
- He is a first-generation puppy (i.e. F1)
- Both his parents are registered with major Kennel Clubs
- He reaches a high enough agility level
Is The Schnoodle Hypoallergenic?
This dog is often advertised by breeders as hypoallergenic, this is not necessarily true.
These dogs produce less dander than other breeds, and as a result they are better suited to allergy sufferers, but, they are not always hypoallergenic.
A Schnoodle puppy will usually be priced between $300 and $1,000 USD depending on the demand of the puppies and his parents pedigree (i.e. the pedigree of the Poodle and Schnauzer).
When visiting a breeder, the puppies should be well looked after and clean, with no obvious health issues.
Ask your breeder lots of questions to gauge the breeder and help establish if this dog is a good fit for you such as:
- Have these puppies been dewormed, vaccinated and health checked?
- How have they been socialized?
- What is their personality like? How do they do puppy to parent matching?
Any reputable breeder will be able to answer most of your questions with ease, and will offer things such as vet checks and temperament testing where required.
If you’d prefer to adopt, try your local dog shelter as they can be quite common in certain shelters.
There is no breed specific rescue network for this dog, however they may appear on rescue networks with their parents, such as the Poodle Club of America Rescue Network.
|Ease of Care|
To understand the temperament of a hybrid dog, the best indicator is its parents. So we will start by summarizing the temperament of a Poodle and Schnauzer.
The Poodle is a proud dog with a long history.
Despite popular belief, they originated in Germany, before becoming the national dog of France!
These dogs are smart and loyal, bonding with their families quickly. Their intelligence makes them naturally gifted at trick training, and they love nothing more than to learn new things.
Schnauzers are also German in heritage, but, they have a very different temperament from Poodles.
Unlike the reserved Poodle, these dogs love to have fun and muck around. Ever curious, a Schnauzer will often get into trouble putting his nose in places he shouldn’t.
As a result of these two dogs, the Schnoodle tends to take the best qualities from both parent breeds.
They are playful and curious, but with their Poodle intelligence and sense to know what to keep their noses out of. Naturally intelligent, they thrive on positive training (we will discuss this more in the training section below).
Are Schnoodles Good Family Dogs?
With good socialization, these dogs can get on well with children and pets, but they can be quite clownlike with other dogs.
The Schnoodle tends to be a very energetic dog and loves to play with anyone who will play with them.
If you own a Giant, it is recommended that all play is closely supervised.
Although these dogs are gentle and kind, they do not know their own strength, and can get overexcited.
Once play is finished, they are quite content to nap on their owner’s lap – miniature and giant a like!
These hybrid dogs are always “on”, and their ever-alert temperament means they are prone to barking.
This is a factor that must be considered, especially if you have neighbors in close proximity. With time and training, these dogs do mellow out, but patience is required.
Caring For A Schnoodle Dog (Feeding, Exercise & Training)
Giant Schnoodles are not recommended for older owners due to their larger more boisterous nature as well as higher exercise requirements, however, a miniature is perfect for a more active senior.
Miniature Schnoodles are much more adaptable than their giant canine cousins, so they do well in city apartments with singles and couples alike.
Food and Diet Requirements
|Daily Food Consumption|
|Calories||600 to 1,000|
|Cups of Kibble|
Due to the three variations of Schnoodle sizes (Miniature, Standard and Giant), there is a large variation when it comes to food and exercise:
- If you have a miniature, feed slightly less, around 1.5 cups.
- If you have a giant, feed towards the higher end, around 2.5 cups.
You should always calculate the amount of feed your puppy needs based on her predicated weight, activity levels and age.
Be sure to regularly monitor the amount you are feeding as she progresses throughout her life, to account for her puppy, junior, adult and senior feeding requirements.
Obesity is a problem in this breed, as Schnoodles are not fussy dogs and have no preference towards food types. If you wish to feed kibble, be sure to pick a food that is high quality and grain free.
Try to choose a food that uses meat as the major ingredient (over 60%), a high protein diet will be beneficial for your dog; check and read the label to fully understand what you are feeding.
If you have a miniature Schnoodle, it may be beneficial to choose a food designed for small dog breeds.
Exercising Your Dog
|Daily Exercise Requirements|
|Minutes||30 to 60 minutes|
These dogs may be suited to owners who enjoy jogging, as this exercise will be great for their physical wellbeing.
If you are not a fan of jogging, they need daily walks of between 30 to 60 minutes (dependent on their size).
The aim of a walk is to walk until the dog has been mentally and physically stimulated, not until you are tired, so don’t try walking a miniature on a hike up a mountain.
Schnoodles are naturally intelligent dogs, and so they need mental stimulation as well as physical stimulation.
Try playing brain games with your dog to encourage them to use their brains as well as their bodies.
The best games will be ones which use their nose, so you can try hide and seek, hiding toys, treats or even yourself and asking them to “find it!”
These dogs have a natural intelligence and so will take well to training.
Schnoodles are notoriously easy to train, and if you trick train consistently, they will pick up tricks very easily.
Responding best to positive reinforcement training, their natural drive to learn combined with a reward for them upon getting it right will make for a very motivated dog indeed.
Never use punishment with these dogs.
Their unwavering loyalty makes them very easily distressed, so punishing your dog will create feelings of distrust and confusion and will cause them to act out even further.
They are incredibly loyal pets. This love of their owners means they may suffer from separation anxiety if left for too long.
This can cause large amounts of distress in your dog and consequently you may wish to start accustoming them to this as soon as they come home.
Try leaving your puppy on their own for a minute or so with lots of praise upon return.
Do this regularly, extending the time until they can be left for a while on their own without issue.
Schnoodles tend to be overweight as obesity is an issue for this dog breed.
Obesity can cause many health issues including back and joint problems. Make sure your dog gets regular exercise, and that their meals sizes are appropriate, overfeeding is always a bad idea.
The breed is also prone to common canine conditions including:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy which causes blindness by the degeneration of the photoreceptor cells in the eye. This is a genetic condition so it can be tested for in both the parent breeds. However, if you choose to adopt, it is impossible to trace the linage
- Hereditary Cataracts, commonly seen in Poodles, can develop in their later years of life. This is a hereditary condition, so can be tested for in the parent Poodle
- Hip Dysplasia is a joint developmental condition where the hip joint is not properly fitted due to cartilage breakdown
- Patellar Luxation which is an issue with the flexibility of the knee joint, due to an abnormal shape of the grove
The miniature Schnoodle is also prone to dental issues such as Periodontal Disease and consequently will need regular checkups at the vet.
Regular check-ups can prevent the condition from spreading as well as good dog dental hygiene (more on this later).
Schnoodles are very healthy dogs, living between 13 and 17 years. This makes them relatively cheap to insure, costing around $100/year.
Schnoodle Color, Appearance, Coat and Grooming
Giant versions, which are a Giant Schnauzer x Standard Poodle mix, can be between 65-80lb, whereas Miniatures can weigh between 10-20 lb.
Schnoodle coats can be thick and wiry like the Schnauzer, or curly and smooth like a Poodle.
This dog breed comes in many different colors including:
Ideally, their coat should be professionally groomed every 4 to 6 weeks to prevent matting and then brushed by owners every few days to keep the coat shiny and sleek.
Schoodles, especially the miniature breeds, are known to be quite “wiggly” dogs, like Houdini escaping any situation they don’t like.
Consequently, you should start your dog’s grooming routine when they are young so they can become accustomed to it.
This will make the grooming process a lot easier.
You should brush your dog’s coat every few days to prevent the fine hairs from getting matted.
Bathing should be done sparingly to prevent the dog’s skin from drying out. If your dog’s coat is more Poodle-like, ideally the fur should be blow-dried.
Nails will need clipping every few weeks or so. This will need to be done by a professional, such as a groomer or veterinarian. Teeth should be brushed daily with a dog safe toothpaste.
If you are looking for a canine companion who’s always up for adventure, loves the outdoors and needs a lot of fuss, then you’re in luck, the Schnoodle is perfect for you!
This breed, especially the Giant Schnoodle, is a high energy dog, and is not suitable for anyone who cannot keep up. They require plenty of exercise and outdoor play so are best suited to active parents.
Relatively easy to train, thanks to their Poodle parent’s intelligence and great with children and other family pets they are a good all-round dog.
Do you have a Schnoodle at home? Are you thinking about getting one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.