The Schnoodle, developed by crossing the smaller breeds of the Poodle and Schnauzer are a perfect companion, lap, and therapy dogs. These dogs may have a strong body stature and rough hair similar to their Schnauzer parent or curly hair and slender body of the Poodle. Their round, fluffy head, almond-shaped eyes, short muzzle, black nose and floppy, hanging ears gives them a teddy bear-like look.
|Other Names||Schnauzerdoodle, Schnauzerpoo|
|Coat||Dense, Fine, Soft, Smooth, and Curly, or Wiry and Wavy|
|Color||Black, Brown, Gray, Black and Tan, White, Silver, Red, Apricot or even Part-colored|
|Group (of Breed)||Companion dogs, Designer dogs|
|Life span||10 to 15 years|
|Height||Toy Schnoodle: 10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.48 cm)
Miniature Schnoodle: 12 to 15 inches
Standard Schnoodle: 15 to 26 inches
|Weight||Toy Schnoodle: 6 to 10 pounds
Miniature Schnoodle: 13 to 20 pounds
Standard Schnoodle: 20 to 75 pounds
|Temperament||Affectionate, Intelligent, Strong-Willed, Active, Clever, Protective, Playful, Alert, Loving|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Litter Size||4 to 6 puppies|
|Barking||Might inherit the high-pitched bark of its Schnauzer parent and bark frequently especially when bored, insecure or not trained well.|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DDKC, DBR, ACHC, IDCR , DRA, CKC|
It is said that dogs having a Schnoodle heritage had first been developed in England under the name of the Truffle dogs, which had attained specialization in hunting and gathering truffles especially in the darkness of the night. These dogs were believed to be a cross between the Toy poodles and smaller canine breeds of the Terrier clan.
The creation of these dogs in actuality as documented began in 1980 in the United States of America by crossing the Poodle and Schnauzer, with the first purposeful crossbreeding done in Minnesota. It was developed with the intention of creating a companion breed, inheriting the intelligence of both their parents, also being well-suited for people with dander allergies. Though it has not gained sufficient popularity in comparison to the other designer breeds, Schnoodle puppies are being highly sought after at present. At present breeders have also begun creating multigenerational Schnoodle where one dog of this breed is bred with the other.
The largest of this variety is the Giant Schnoodle developed by crossing the Giant Schnauzer and the Standard Poodle. You might even spot a tiny teacup variety acquiring the genes of the teacup Poodle.
The friendly, loving and easy-going disposition of the Schnoodles makes them ideal family dogs. In fact, traits of both their parents may be observed in these dogs, making them alert and playful like the Schnauzer or intelligent, active and obedient as the Poodle. Their intelligence may at times come in the way of their personality, making them over-demanding. Small-sized Schnoodles are well-suited to live in an apartment though the larger variations thrive well in large homes having a fenced yard. Keeping them alone in kennels is not recommended as they are prone to separation anxiety that might make them noisy and destructive.
These loyal and devoted dogs are highly protective towards their family, a trait wholly inherited from their Schnauzer parent, which also makes them an excellent watchdog, causing them to bark on seeing any unfamiliar face at the door. Although they display fondness towards all members of their family, they might have a special affection for a particular person in the household just like the Schnauzer.
They are extremely affectionate and amicable towards the children, but an adult’s supervision is still essential to make sure that the little ones are not being too rough and rash with these dogs. Though the Schnoodle is said to mingle well with other pets, it might be harsh to other dogs regarding sharing their toys or space, especially if they have inherited the stubborn instinct of Terriers (the Miniature Schnauzer categorized as a part of the Terrier group). If you have a Giant Schnoodle, it might adapt the behavioral traits of the Giant Schnauzer, being territorial reserved and even aggressive. They are highly inclined to hold blankets and toys with the help of their front paws that they use as hands. Schnoodles will develop a knack of digging and be very clingy towards its family members if one of its parents is the Miniature Schnauzer.
Bathe your dog whenever needed to keep its coat clean and soft. Schnoodles have a tendency of developing hair inside the ear that should be removed by a professional groomer to avoid infections. Moreover, check their ears on a weekly basis for redness, bad smell or dirt and clean it using a damp cotton ball dipped in an ear cleaner prescribed by your vet. Do not allow excessive growth of fur around the anal to facilitate the excretion of the feces without any obstruction. Check your pet’s eyes for discharge or redness and have the fur around this region cleaned to prevent bacterial infection. Go for a professional groomer rather than trimming the hair on your own to avoid any injury and infection.
These intelligent dogs will be a trainer’s delight when dealt in a proper way by a firm and skilled instructor. Socialization and obedience training are to be imparted to the Schnoodle puppies to help them develop a pleasing personality. As they get bored, quite easily try keeping them motivated by positive reinforcement techniques so that they acquire interest towards the training procedure. If you do not want to go through the tedious task of training your puppy, you may send them to a puppy kindergarten school.
Schnoodles weighing up to 20 pounds can be given three-fourth to one cup of dry dog food of a higher quality daily. Miniature or Toy variants need a lesser amount of food, whereas the quantity for your Giant Schnoodle, should be greater. It is essential to feed your pet twice a day rather than giving him an excessive amount of food in a single meal.