A mix of the Schnauzer and the Poodle, the Schnoodle is a popular designer mix bringing together some of the best attributes of both original breeds. The Schnoodle is known as an affectionate and playful companion for people of all ages.
Schnoodle Physical Appearance
Since the Schnoodle is a mix of two breeds, they can have more of the appearance of either parent breed. This leads to a variety of coat colors and fur textures when comparing Schnoodles to each other. In general, most Schnoodles have physical characteristics of both parents but the Schnauzer influence is often clearly dominant.
A Schnoodle's coat can be wavy and silky, straight and silky or made up of tightly curled fur.
- The texture of most Schnoodle coats is fine and soft, often softer than the fur of a Poodle.
- The Schnoodle's coat is low maintenance with minimal grooming you can easily do yourself.
- They need regular brushing and stripping or clipping every few weeks depending on the type of coat they have.
- The breed is a low-shedding to non-shedding dog which makes them popular with allergy sufferers.
Schnoodle Coat Colors
The most common coat colors that Schnoodles come in are:
- Black with white markings
- Silver or a mixture of gray and white
Some other colors you may find Schnoodles in include apricot, black with tan markings, parti-color, sable, tan and white.
Teddy Bear Schnoodles
Schnoodles are one of several breeds of dogs referred to as "teddy bears." This name comes from the soft, curly fur, happy face and affectionate temperament that gives them the appearance of a teddy bear.
Schnoodle Body Shape
Schnoodles have a sturdy, athletic build that makes them a great choice for everything from jogging to hiking to performance sports like agility.
- Schnoodles generally have a square body with a straight back that may slightly slope from the shoulders to tail and cat feet.
- The head is a medium width and narrows down towards the muzzle.
- The muzzle is not as wide as the head base but not as narrow compared to a Poodle's snout.
- The eyes are medium-sized, round or oval and dark brown.
- The medium-sized ears fold over in a "V" shape.
- Their teeth have a scissor bite.
Schnoodles Come in Many Sizes
Schnoodles can be found in several sizes, although the majority of Schnoodles that are bred are on the smaller side.
A Toy Schnoodle is a cross between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Toy Poodle. These dogs are about 4 to 10 pounds total and about 10 to 14 inches high when fully grown.
A Miniature Schnoodle is the breeding of a Miniature Schnauzer and a Miniature Poodle. The Miniature Schnoodle adult can be between 14 to 15 inches high and average weight is 10 to 20 pounds.
A cross between a Standard Poodle and a Standard Schnauzer leads to a Standard Schnoodle. An adult Standard Schnoodle can be from 35 to 60 pounds and 15 to 19-½ inches high.
The largest Schnoodle is created by breeding a Giant Schnauzer and a Standard Poodle. These dogs can be between 40 and 85 pounds and their height can range from 15 to 27-½ inches.
Typical Schnoodle Temperament
Schnoodles for the most part have even, gentle temperaments but their temperaments will vary somewhat based on how much they take from their Poodle or Schnauzer parent. Since you can't 100% predict a Schnoodle puppy's adult temperament, early and frequent socialization and training is a must with this breed.
Schnoodle Family Dogs
Schnoodles have a reputation for being very affectionate and loyal to their families. In fact they're described as "forever happy" dogs. They can be very playful and quite intelligent and enjoy interaction. There are some minor concerns about them as far as being good family dogs including:
- If they tend more to their Schnauzer heritage, they can be wary of strangers and be protective of the family. They are not known for being aggressive, however.
- They are known for barking and training from an early age is important to help manage this behavior.
- Giant Schnoodles may do better with older children as their size may be overwhelming for younger children and toddlers.
- Some Schnoodles can develop a strong attachment to one person in a family which is also common among Schnauzers. In more severe cases this can lead to separation anxiety.
Schnoodle Exercise Needs
Schnoodles have moderate exercise needs that can be handled with a good walk once or twice a day of a half to one full hour. They are active and energetic but not overly hyper and they can be calm, relaxed lap dogs with training and proper mental and physical enrichment.
Like their forebears, Schnoodles are intelligent dogs that enjoy training. Some Schnoodles have an unearned reputation for being strong willed. Just provide them with positive reinforcement and consistent training and you'll be surprised at how fun they are to work with. You can find Schnoodles excelling in performance dog sports and therapy dog work which attests to their smarts and trainability.
Are Schnoodles Hypoallergenic?
While no breed is truly 100% hypoallergenic, Schnoodles are known to produce fewer allergens than other breeds and are generally a good fit for people with allergies. They also tend to shed very little or not all which helps make living with a dog easier for an owner with allergies.
Common Schnoodle Health Problems
The breed has few health problems that you should be aware of although they tend to have fewer health problems than Schnauzers or Poodles. Speak to your veterinarian if you have any concerns about caring for these issues should they arise.
Schnoodle Skin Problems
Skin problems are the most common health issue. Typical skin problems that can appear in the breed include:
- Sensitive skin: This is the most common type of skin condition.
- Skin allergies: Itchy skin can indicate an allergy to the dog's food or something in the environment.
- Dry seborrhea: Dry seborrhea causes itchy and scaling skin. It occurs in the breed more often than oil seborrhea.
- Oily seborrhea: This type of seborrhea produces a greasy and itchy skin with scaling and a foul odor.
Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
The breed may inherit a Schnauzer parent's comedo syndrome. The condition causes papules or blackheads on the dog's back.
Toy and miniature dogs may be at risk for patellar luxation, which causes the kneecap to slip out of place due to slack knee ligaments. Some dogs with patellar luxation may require surgical intervention to correct it.
Some dogs inherit a Schnauzer parent's tendency towards high levels of fats or lipids in the blood, including elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. This condition may require a dietary intervention and medication from your veterinarian.
Getting a Schnoodle
If you think a Schnoodle is the dog for you and your family, you can find one through a breeder or adopt one from a shelter.
Finding Schnoodle Breeders
One real concern about buying a Schnoodle is the high percentage of puppy mill breeders producing these dogs.
- If you want to buy a puppy, make sure you spend time researching the breeder carefully to ensure you get a healthy, sound puppy.
- Since they are a mixed breed, you won't be able to find breeders through larger registries like the American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club.
- You can find breeder listings through the Continental Kennel Club and Designer Dogs of America.
Cost of a Schnoodle Puppy
The price of a Schnoodle puppy will vary depending on the size of the dog you're looking for as well as the quality of the breeder. The average price is about $650 but you can find puppies for sale for as much as $4,000.
Adopting a Schnoodle
If you want to rescue a Schnoodle, there are several rescues groups that specialize in the breed. You can also find them through Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet by searching for "Poodle" and "schnauzer." Many shelters will list these dogs as "Poodle mixes" or "Schnauzer mixes" so you'll want to search using those terms as well as "Schnoodle."
The Family Friendly Schnoodle
Schnoodles are wonderful dogs who are enjoyed by young and old alike. They are smart, funny dogs with an affectionate, cuddly personality. Of course like all dogs they have their undesirable quirks such as barking but with patient proactive training and socialization these issues can be handled positively.