The Schnoodle is a popular dog, developed by crossing the smaller breeds of Poodle and Schnauzer. These adorable dogs can be a perfect lap dog and play the role of therapy dogs too. It may have a sturdy body with rough hair like its Schnauzer parent or slender body with curly hair like the poodle. It has a round, fluffy head with almond-shaped eyes. The muzzle is short with a black nose, and the floppy hanging ears give it a teddy bear like appearance. It is loyal and fun loving like its parent. The Schnoodle has a similar protective instinct like its Schnauzer parent which makes it an excellent watchdog. It is a highly active dog and a great family pet.
Schnoodle Quick Information
|Other Names||Schnauzerdoodle, Schnauzerpoo|
|Coat||Dense, Fine, Soft, Smooth, and Curly, or Wiry and Wavy|
|Color||White, Silver, Red, Black, Brown, Gray, Black and Tan, Apricot or even Part-colored|
|Group (of Breed)||Companion dogs, Designer dogs|
|Lifespan||10 - 15 years|
|Height||Toy Schnoodle: 10 - 12 inches
Standard Schnoodle: 15 - 26 inches
Miniature Schnoodle: 12 - 15 inches
|Weight||Toy Schnoodle: 6 to 10 lbs
Miniature Schnoodle: 13 to 20 lbs
Standard Schnoodle: 20 to 75 lbs
|Temperament||Intelligent, Affectionate, Strong-Willed, Clever, Active, Protective, Playful, Alert, Loving|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Litter Size||4 to 6 puppies|
|Barking||May have the high-pitched bark of its Schnauzer parent and bark frequently mainly on getting bored, feeling insecure or not trained well.|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DDKC, DBR, ACHC, IDCR , DRA, CKC|
It is believed that the dogs having the Schnoodle dog legacy were first bred in England under the name of truffle dogs. These dogs were master in hunting and gathering truffles mainly at night. These dogs were thought to be a cross of the Toy poodles and the smaller breeds belonging to Terrier family.
The actual development of these dogs began in 1980 in the United States of America by crossing the Poodle and Schnauzer. In the state of Minnesota, the first purposeful crossbreeding was done. It was developed with an idea of creating a companion dog that will have the intelligence of both of its parent breed. This dog would be suitable for those people too who have dander allergies. The breed did not get gained much popularity at the beginning as the other designer breeds. Currently, the trend is going in its favor and breeders have started developing multigenerational Schnoodle where breeding of this dog is done with the other.
The Giant Schnoodle is the biggest among them which is a result of crossing the Giant Schnauzer with Standard Poodle. You may be able to see a tiny teacup variety which has the genetics of a teacup Poodle.
Temperament and Personality
The dogs are friendly, loving with a pleasant disposition which makes them a great family pet. You may be able to see the traits of both the parents in the dog. Like the Schnauzer it will be playful, alert or intelligent, active and obedient as Poodle. Their overwhelming intelligence might make it a bit fastidious. The smaller versions are suitable for apartment living conditions. The larger variations shall do well in big houses with fenced yards. Do not keep them alone in a kennel or they might develop separation anxiety and make it destructive. They are incredibly loyal and devoted towards their family. They inherit this protective trait from its Schnauzer parent.
The dog shall bark at any strange person approaching towards its home. This quality makes them an excellent watchdog. These dogs might be fond of their entire family, they share a special bonding with one person in the household only like its Schnauzer parent.
The dogs love children very much and do incredibly well with them. Their playtime must be monitored by the adults for preventing the children from being rough on these dogs. It might show aggressiveness regarding sharing their toys and space with the other dogs, thanks to its inborn Terrier instinct. The Giant Schnoodle usually inherits the territorial and aggressive nature of the Giant Schnauzer. They love to hold blankets and toys by their front paws as they use it as their hand. They may tend to develop the habit of digging and get immensely clingy towards its family members.
Keeping in mind their hyperactive nature, give them exercise for an hour regularly to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. They love outdoor activities like a brisk walk or giving company to their master on a jogging spree. You can keep them busy in indoor activities like fetching a ball that will meet their fondness for playing.
The coat type of the dog determines its grooming requirement. The dogs having a soft, wavy coat needs bruising one to two times in a week. It will help in getting rid of the mats or tangle of the hair. The pets with a double coat like Schnauzer might need stripping several times a year. The dogs with a single coat like the Poodle needs to be clipped in every six to eight weeks.
Bathe the dog to keep its coat soft and clean. There is a tendency of hair growth inside the dog’s ear. Check it time to time and remove them with the help of a professional groomer to prevent infections. Check the ears for redness, lousy smell or dirt too on a weekly basis. To clean it, use a cotton swab soaked in ear cleaner given by your vet. Prevent the excess growth of hair around the anal region to let the defecation without any obstruction. Check the dog’s eye for discharge or redness. Clean the fur around the eyes to avoid bacterial infection. Trim the hair with the help of a groomer only to prevent any injury or disease.
Few health issues of its parent breed might affect this dog. The miniature of Toy breed may have health problems like luxating patella, and few might have allergies. Epilepsy, Diabetes Mellitus, Addison’s Disease and bloat can trouble this breed too. The smallmouth size of the Toy breed might make it prone to dental issues.
It will be incredibly delightful for the trainer to train these dogs. A skilled instructor will be able to teach these dogs very comfortably. Impart socialization and obedience training from its puppyhood to bring out its pleasant demeanor. Try to keep the training session motivated with positive reinforcement to avoid boredom in the dog. Utilize the dog’s intelligence for teaching it new tricks and games. A motivating and challenging training session will sharpen his intelligence and make him disciplined too.
Feed the dogs weighing around 20 pounds three-fourth to one cup of high-quality dry dog food daily. Give less amount of food to the miniature or the toy variant. The Giant Schnoodle’s food quantity should be higher. Divide the dog’s food into two meals per day and do not give them excessive food in a single meal.
Schnoodle is a pet dog of the famous American actresses like Claire Danes and Dakota Fanning.
The tail remains straight and upright in dog’s happy and active mood. The dogs tuck their tails on getting sad or nervous.