There are many Doodle dogs out there. Goldendoodle, Aussiedoodle, Labradoodle or Yorkie-Poo, you name it! The list is endless. But, one of the most popular and well-known Doodle dogs is probably the Schnauzer Poodle mix, also known as Schnoodle (cute name, right?).
If you’re lost and wondering what on Earth a Doodle is, it’s basically a designer breed between one breed of dog and a Poodle. Now, in the case of the Schnoodle, it’s a combination of a Schnauzer and a purebred Poodle. What’s great about this mix is that they can have many different coat colors and combine the best traits of both parent breeds. This cross combines the intelligent Poodle with the robustness and activity of the Schnauzer.
Because of their high intelligence and amiable nature, the Schnoodle is not only suitable as a lap dog or family dog, but is also a great therapy dog, guide dog, or rescue dog. A well-bred Schnoodle is a wonderfully loyal and intelligent dog companion. He will protect his family and loves to participate in family life.
You should also know that you can get Schnoodles in three different sizes: Giant, Standard, and Miniature. But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves, let’s take a step back and start from the beginning. In this article, we’ll introduce this designer breed and all of its traits and characteristics in more detail!
Schnauzer Poodle Mix – Everything about this Teddy Bear Dog
As mentioned in the introduction the Schnauzer Poodle Mix is available in three sizes Giant, Standard, and Miniature, depending on which Poodle the Schnauzer was crossed with (and vice versa). Both parents are available in three sizes, so that different doodle dog sizes can come out. For example, Standard or Giant Schnoodle puppies are the result of breeding a King Poodle and a Giant Schnauzer. The nomenclature of sizes isn’t really consistent, breeders can breed different sized dogs so there is definitely a lot of variety. It can also get a little confusing, but we will talk about the most common sizes of the Schnauzer Poodle Mix.
Externally, Schnoodles can have the rough hair and strong body shape of the Schnauzer, the slim shape with curly fur of the poodle, or a combination of both properties. Because of how they look they are also called a Teddy Bear dog.
But, as you’ve probably guessed because this is a crossbreed there is no standard to how they have to look. So, basically, there is no rule. They can look more like their Poodle parent, or Schnauzer parent.
That’s why we like to introduce both parent breeds, so you’re aware of all the traits your Schnoodle could inherit. When you know all the physical traits your Schnoodle puppy can inherit, you know what to expect.
In the following section of this article, we’ll talk more about the appearance of Poodles and Schnauzer dogs.
Poodles are certainly among the most elegant companion dogs in the world. And they are one of the most popular breeds for people who have allergies. That’s because the Poodle is a non-shedding breed that is ideal for allergy sufferers. Many allergic can maintain a Poodle without repercussions.
The poodle’s fur is fine, woolly, and dense. It is not subject to any change of season and grows continuously. Poodles do not shed and have low dander and need regular clipping. The hair is very curly, wiry, and dense.
As a dog owner, you should know that this unique texture can be trimmed, clipped, groomed, shaved, and otherwise manipulated into all kinds of shapes. That’s why there are so many Poodle haircuts out there.
The coat color of the poodle is very diverse. The spectrum ranges from blue, black, white, gray, silver, brown, café-au-lait, apricot, and cream.
Poodles all have a square form, a long, beautiful neck, and a straight back. The tail is docked but not clipped, allowing it to wave freely. These dogs have tiny black eyes and a sharp-pointed nose. Besides that, Poodles come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. These are not separate breeds of dogs, but rather various sizes of the same dog.
- The Toy Poodle may grow to be up to 10 inches tall and weighs between six and nine pounds.
- The Miniature Poodle measures between 11 and 15 inches tall and weighs between 15 and 17 pounds.
- The Standard Poodle is 15 inches or taller (often 22 inches); males weigh 45 to 70 pounds, and females weigh 45 to 60 pounds.
The Schnauzer is a German dog. This breed was originally bred to work on farms as ratters, security dogs, and basically all-purpose dogs.
Now, let’s talk a bit more about Schnauzer’s appearance, for this article we’ll focus on the Standard Schnauzer. It’s a medium-sized dog that was so popular (and still is), that breeders decided to create two other breeds that resemble him. So, two different sized versions of the Schnauzer, the Miniature or Mini Schnauzer, and the Giant Schnauzer.
When it comes to the size of the Schnauzer there is a difference between male vs female dogs. Males should be between 18 and 20 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 35 and 50 pounds. Females should be between 17 and 19 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 30 to 45 pounds.
The Standard Schnauzers are squarely formed and have a long coat that is stiff and wiry and sheds little (just like the Poodle). They also have low dander and don’t have that “dog smell” on them. They have arched brows and a bristly mustache and beard, which are both distinguishing features of this breed no matter the size. When cropped, the high-set ears appear erect, but otherwise, they are V-shaped, carried forward with the inner border of the ear close to the cheek. In Germany, all schnauzers have cropped ears; but, the American Schnauzer Club permits pups to be displayed with both cropped and natural ears. A docked tail is also common.
A normal schnauzer’s coloring can range from pepper and salt to complete black. The pepper and salt hue of the topcoat is caused by the mix of black and white hairs as well as white hairs banded with black. All hues of pepper and salt, as well as dark iron-gray to silver-gray, are acceptable as well.
Temperament & Personality of the Schnoodle
Schnoodles combine the characteristics of the Schnauzer and Poodle into a kind, intelligent, strong-willed four-legged friend with good vigilance. You can say that the Schnoodle is loyal as the Schnauzer and funny like the Poodle, so they make good pets.
But just like with other crossbreeds, you never know what you will get. So Schnoodles can inherit any combination of intelligence, personality, and temperament of the parent races. Schnauzers tend to be a bit stubborn and independent, but extremely loyal dogs. The poodle is smart, maneuverable, and active with a maintenance-friendly coat. In the best case, the Schnoodle puppy has less of the high energy of the poodle and less of the stubbornness of the Schnauzer.
Snoodles are not yet recognized as an independent breed of dog, so there is no special breeding form that a Schnoodle puppy must-have. Because his temperament is partly influenced by inheritance and partly by the environment. Especially the mother has a great influence on the future behavior of the Schnoodle puppies. But generally, these small dogs make good pets and will be a great addition to every family.
That was the Schnoodle personality in short. Of course, they can inherit many other traits from their parent breeds. To better understand what kind of personality is possible among this crossbreed, we’ll take a closer look at both parent breeds’ personalities separately.
There are four words every Poodle owner will use to describe this breed: intelligent, affectionate, loyal, and mischievous. The Poodle is also noted for possessing “an air of distinction,” now, no one knows what that actually means, but apparently, it’s a dignified attitude only seen in Poodles.
Despite his royal demeanor, the Poodle has a mischievous side and enjoys playing – he’s always up for any type of fun. He is also motivated by a strong desire to please others. When this is combined with his well-known intellect, you get a dog who is extremely trainable.
The Poodle’s intelligence is one of his most distinguishing features. He is said to have a human-like cognition and to be surprised by the accomplishments of his masters. Of course, clever dogs can be difficult to live with. They are quick to observe both positive and negative conduct and remember everything.
A well-trained, well-mannered Poodle has a calm demeanor, especially if he receives lots of exercise to burn off his inherent energy. Some owners and breeders believe that Toy and Miniature Poodles are more high-strung than Standard Poodles; however, some breeders and owners disagree.
The Poodle is highly protective of his house and family, and if strangers approach, he will bark to warn you. And, while he is dedicated to his family, he may require some time to warm up to new people.
Poodles love their family! So, never tell a Poodle he’s a dog, and don’t even think of excluding your Poodle from family gatherings. Poodles like participating in many parts of family life, from going to soccer practice to racing around the beach and jumping into the water with you. They can’t bear being alone for long! Keep that advice in mind, but also remember that Poodles should still be treated like dogs!
Differences between Poodle sizes
If you remember we said that there are three different sizes of the Poodle, and not all of them have the same personalities. There are similarities, but there are also many differences. These distinctions will not be visible in every Poodle, but if you see one of each size together, you may see some of the following characteristics.
Standard Poodles are more reserved than Miniature and Toy Poodles while being vivacious and active. They like having a task to do.
Miniature Poodles are the most active of the three sizes, following their owners around at all times. Miniatures, because of their bigger size, are more suited to tiny children than Toys. Miniatures and Toys are more sinister than Standards.
Toy Poodles are wonderful companion pets. They know how to show off both inside and outside the ring.
The Standard Schnauzer is a boisterous and energetic friend. They may be smart and stubborn, but they can also be naughty if not provided daily physical and mental activity. The Schnoodle performs quite well if you give them enough time and consistency.
They are loving family dogs that may be highly dependable around youngsters. They are generally nice with household pets, but can be forceful with unknown dogs, animals, or tiny pets. These dogs are usually guarded towards strangers and might appear suspicious at times.
Schnauzers have high intelligence and are curious, imaginative, and persistent in their thinking. It takes someone just as brilliant and imaginative to keep up with him, but you’ll want to coach him with discipline and persistence.
In the US and Germany, these pups are often used as personal guards and companions in this nation and Germany. This is because their loyalty and fearlessness, together with their intelligence, make them the perfect dog for this duty. Besides that, they are alert, brave, readily trained, and devoted to their family.
Standard Schnauzers require moderate exercise. They enjoy walks as well as games. Schnauzers will show their boredom and restlessness by running through the house with toys, chasing the kids, getting in the way, and generally being a pain. Just like the Poodle, they like to be with their family rather than confined in a pen.
This breed might be a bit problematic, but nothing compares to that Schnauzer love they give you.
Activity and training of the Schnauzer Poodle mix
In general, it can be said that these four-legged friends are good family dogs. But they can still be active and love to run. Regular exercise and activities are therefore necessary components of their lives. He is also a great jogging and bicycle companion.
Another character trait of this pup may be that he sometimes prefers one person in the family. Differences in the personality of this hybrid dog are also in the different sizes. Especially the larger ones can be stubborn and more dominant. They need clearer guidance than the smaller ones.
The small Schnoodle is well suited for keeping in the apartment, while larger Schnoodles should better have a house with fenced property available. Both variants are not suitable for kennel keeping, as Snoodle can suffer greatly from separation anxiety.
Due to its leaching and joy of movement, it is well suited for dog sports such as agility, flyball, obedience, and rally.
Schnoodles are created at the crossings of two purebred parents, the poodle, and the Schnauzer. This crossing is called the F1 crossing or first generation dog. But there are different sizes depending on the breeding. So, how big do Schnoodles get?
- The Toy Schnoodle ranges from 10 to 12 inches in height and weigh 6 to 10 pounds.
- The Miniature Schnoodle ranges from 12 to 15 inches in height and weigh 13 to 20 pounds.
- The Standard Schnoodle ranges from 15 to 26 inches in height and weigh 20 to 75 pounds.
Most Schnoodles that are currently bred are small dogs because most often you cross the poodle with a dwarf schnauzer.
Large breeding associations such as the AKC, the UKC, and the CKC do not recognize the Schnoodle as an independent breed. They don’t consider the Schnoodle a purebred dog.
Coat, Grooming and General Health of the Schnauzer Poodle Mix
A Schnoodle can take on the fur characteristics of both parents, such as the wiry fur of the Schnauzer as well as the softer, curly hair of the poodle or a mixture of both. Its coat colors can be black, white, brown, gray, and apricot. Rarely do multicolored animals come about.
Puppies from the same litter may differ in the coat, but usually, all Schnoodle puppies are hypoallergenic. As both Schnauzer and Poodle are considered hypoallergenic. That’s why they are usually well suited for people with allergies.
Schnoodle lose little to no fur but must be brushed regularly so that their coat does not matt too badly. In addition, they have to be sheared every few weeks, because the fur usually does not fall out. But is getting longer and longer.
General Health of the Schnoodle
All dogs, whether purebred or mixed breeds, can develop genetic health problems. In general, Schnoodles are healthy, but like all breeds, they are prone to certain health problems. Like many other dog breeds, they are prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and Willebrand disease.
In addition, Schnoodles as well as their parents get a lot of hair in their ears, which must be regularly removed by the veterinarian or groomer to prevent ear infections.
If your dog lives a healthy life with a balanced diet, then your Schnoodle should achieve an average lifespan between ten and fifteen years.
To get a healthy dog, you should never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, a puppy mill, or an animal shop. Find a serious breeder who tests their breeding dogs to ensure that they are free of genetic diseases.
To know which health problems to look out for, let’s take at the most common health problems of both parent breeds.
The most common health concerns for Poodles are hereditary problems such as:
- hip dysplasia,
- Addison’s disease,
- gastric torsion,
- thyroid issues,
- progressive retinal atrophy,
- eyelid problems,
- skin problems,
- patellar luxation.
Poodles can also experience cataracts, epilepsy and ear infections.
When it comes to Schnauzers, some of the most conditions affecting them are:
- hip dysplasia,
- eye problems (including cataracts and retinal dysplasia),
- a heart condition known as pulmonic stenosis,
- hemophilia (a bleeding disorder),
- bladder stones,
- patellar luxation.
Schnauzers can also suffer from health problems like allergies, epilepsy, diabetes and pancreatitis.
As you can see the list of possible health problems of the Schnauzer Poodle Mix is long, so you really have to take good care of them and keep them active. Also, genetic markers and genetic testing can show the majority of these illnesses early on.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Schnauzer Poodle Mix
The Schnauzer Poodle Mix makes an excellent family pet that get along well with children. They love to play with children, are gentle with them, and like to be shown tricks. They are great dogs and that’s why they have won the hearts of families all over the world. So, if your child wants a dog (and has good grades) why not reward them with a Schnoodle puppy?
But you should slowly bring the two closer together and teach the children to handle the animal sensibly. Just as the puppy has to get used to dealing well with children. In addition, you should teach the children to leave him alone when he eats or sleeps. It’s also important to know that no dog, no matter how friendly he is, should remain unattended with a child.
But, they aren’t only perfect for kids, the Schnoodle is a generation dog, so he is perfect for kids and eldderly people too. The Schnoodle loves people, so this designer breed has much potential to be the perfect canine companion for everyone. And because they come in a variety of sizes, even people that live in small apartments can get them.
With that being said, we’ll take a look at the most common questions that surround the Schnauzer Poodle Mix.
How long does the Schnoodle live?
There isn’t one answer to this question. There are three different sizes of this designer breed, so all of them have a different lifespan. Generally speaking smaller dogs live much longer than larger breeds. A rule of thumb is that large breeds have a lifespan of between five to eight years, while smaller breeds can generally live as long as 12 to 15 years.
But, what’s the case with the Schnauzer Poodle Mix? As mentioned, because Schnoodles come in such a wide and uncontrolled range of sizes, their lifespans vary dramatically.
A Toy Schnoodle, which is the smallest in size, has the longest life expectancy. These dogs have an average lifetime of 10-18 years. The Miniature Schnoodle, which is a medium-sized dog, has a somewhat shorter lifespan. These dogs can live between 10 and 16 years. The Standard Schnoodle which is the biggest in size has the shortest life expectancy. This Schnoodle variety has a lifespan of 10-15 years.
But, you should also keep in mind that this may vary based on the size of the parents as well as the dog’s overall health and lifestyle.
How much does a pup cost?
Before making the decision to buy a certain breed it’s natural to ask for the price of that particular breed. So, how much does a Schnoodle pup cost?
Well, the initial price to get a Schnoodle puppy from a reputable breeder is very high, we can’t sugarcoat it. But, the thing is that you’re not only paying that price. There are so many other expenses you need to cover daily when you get a dog.
On average, you may anticipate paying $2,000 to $3,000 for a Schnoodle from a breeder, if you want to adopt, that will cost around $500. But, the expense of keeping a Schnoodle is much higher. It will range between $15,000 and $20,000 throughout the course of the dog’s life. So, before you get a dog of any breed, think about that and really make up your mind if you really can afford to have a dog.
How to find a good Schnauzer Poodle Mix breeder?
In the question above we answered how much a good breeder will charge for a Schnauzer Poodle Mix pup. But, how do we know who a good breeder is? There are so many websites and random breeder offering puppies, so we admit, it’s hard to find a good breeder. But, the truth is, just doing a Google search won’t help you find the right breeder. It will help you find breeders, no doubt in that. But you really need to do your own research to find a breeder that’s worth buying a puppy from.
The best way is to ask your vet. Let’s be real here for a second. Who knows better if there’s a new litter is on its way to your neighborhood than your local veterinarian?! They’ll most likely be well-versed in all of the respected breeders in your region as well and not only for Schnoodles but for many different breeds. Or, you can ask another dog owner who owns a Schnoodle.
Do Schnoodles need a lot of activity?
Schnoodles are very active dogs, so they also need a lot of physical stimulation. Generally speaking, the smaller versions of this pup will need less exercise, but that doesn’t mean they need less consistency in training.
This is a performance dog, so you should really put emphasis on keeping them active and making sure they get a lot of exercise. So, you will have to put in a bit of time when it comes to caring for the Schnoodle dog. But, once you bring this dog home, it will all be worth it because they will give you so much love.
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