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Remember when you were a little kid crawling into bed, or you were about to leave the house for a trip, and even when you ran outside with your friends, did you see that cute little fuzzy dog stuffed animal you used to carry around everywhere?
Ah, those were the days, if only there was some kind of breed of dog out there that could almost replicate that same loving cuteness as your nostalgic comfort, but also you know lively, intelligent, and can actually play with you. Well, have we got the breed for you; introducing the adorable Schnoodle puppy—a small hypoallergenic dog with cute looks to boot!
There’s lots of good info to catch up on with this cutie, so snag a few of your favorite treats and let’s get to know everything you need to know about the Schnoodle breed!
What is a Miniature Schnoodle?
This particular Schnoodle we’ll be talking about is cross between the Miniature Purebred Schnauzer and the Miniature/Toy Poodle, to create a contagiously adorable (you guessed it) miniature pooch.
You can also get Giant Schnoodles, which are a cross between a Standard Schnauzer or Giant Schnauzer and a Standard Poodles.
While the Miniature/Toy Schnoodle is not a purebred dog, they are still incredibly loveable and smart.
The Miniature Schnoodle puppy came about around the 1980s in the United States as a part of the excitement of designer breeds, and so this delightful pup has been welcomed into homes and hearts ever since. People were on the search for a dog that strode with stoic grace but could also become a little goofball when playtime arose; combining the sometimes stubborn but loyal Schnauzer with the playful and very intelligent Poodle brought forth what families and individuals were looking for.
What does a Schnoodle look like?
Just like any mixed breed, there is quite the grab bag of possibilities when it comes to its physical traits and depends on the puppy’s parents; but rest assured the common denominator is they are extremely adorable!
This Schnoodle we’re discussing is miniature in size but large in the loving compacity of their furry heart. Their coat textures can depend on what kind of traits they inherit from their parent, but broadly speaking these pups’ coats range from wiry to straight, to curly; they are usually kept groomed at a medium length. Most commonly the Schnoodle puppy is seen with a curly and wavy coat. As far as the color of their coat, it also comes in a variety of variations:
The Schnoodle’s button nose is either black or brown, and those cute puppy eyes typically range from brown to hazel.
Schnoodle coat care
With a highly cute dog comes some high maintenance coat responsibilities, but perhaps your definition of high maintenance is different than others!
Schnoodles have a beautiful coat and the very best way for it to remain so is to properly care for it, one way of accomplishing that is by taking your Schnoodle to a groomer every 5 or so weeks. Of course, if you learn how to groom your own dog you can save some money, but even if personally grooming your dog’s hair isn’t something you’re looking to do there are still tasks you are more than capable of.
Along with getting groomed their coat should be brushed and combed through at a minimum of once a week but ideally this should be a daily ritual. The little Schnoodle loves to sit on their loving owner’s lap, during their downtime and yours you can do a little bit of brushing. Just pop on the Netflix, call your pup into your lap and brush brush brush while you watch watch watch while they sleep sleep sleep. Easy peasy!
Some other coat and beauty care the Schnoodle needs are:
- Washing their little face every day to avoid the tear stains this breed is prone to.
- Bathing them often to keep them nice and clean, and helping them dry their coat afterward to prevent matting.
- Their nails will need to be cut at least once a month.
- Ears should be cared for and whipped out daily to ensure there is no build-up to cause an ear infection.
- Brushing their teeth will help their teeth and gum quality, this can be done a few times a week but preferably every day.
Incorporating your dog’s needs into your schedule is all a part of the dog owner life and when you change your mindset, that you are providing love and care for a creature that has always loved you and always will, the reward for taking care of that unconditionally loving little bundle of life is extremely high.
Height and weight
But of course, we know these little furry good boys and girls are miniature in size, but those details are still important knowledge to know about your potential dog!
Average Schnoodle Size:
- Height: 10-12 in.
- Weight: 10-20 Ibs.
And no matter how small or big you are you’ve always gotta eat, these pups typically consume up to 2 and a half cups of dog food a day. Before choosing a food for your dog, be sure to look closely at the specifics for that particular dog food and get a few suggestions from your pet’s vet to guarantee you are feeding your dog exactly what they need.
Personality and temperament
These cuddly pups aren’t just all looks (although once they’re in your sight it’s hard to take your eyes off them!), they have a darling personality painted inside of them. Before we get to know the Schnoodle it’s valuable to know their parent breeds first, that is the Miniature Poodle and Minature Schnauzer.
Toy Poodle personality and temperament
There’s a lot to say about this tiny dog! The Miniature Poodle, just like the Standard Poodle, is extremely intelligent and therefore a very trainable companion. They are keen to learn new tricks and please their owners with their wicked skills, but they must be trained in a positive reinforcement environment. Along with learning tricks, these furry fellas have a lot of energy and love to play with their owners, families, and other dogs; truly a pet that’s fit for all ages!
Miniature Poodles may not stand that tall in height, but they sure do stand tall with their bold elegance. But just because they’re proud and confident doesn’t mean they don’t have a loving sensitive side, for these pups are loyal, cuddly, and very loving members of the family.
Miniature Schnauzer personality and temperament
Now let’s talk about the other lovely half of the Schnoodle, the iconic Miniature Schnauzer. Just as it’s co-parent this pup may be small but it is full of confidence, independence, and intelligence. They are ready to please you with learning tricks and obeying commands, and the Miniature Schnauzer will always be there to watch out and protect its loved ones. With a sweet and loving nature towards its owners and familiar faces, this pup can get territorial and isn’t super thrilled to be around other pets, but they are a super lovey-dovey family dog.
Schnoodle personality and temperament
And finally, let’s put our eager paws together to meet the fabulous Schnoodle! Of course, as a mix, they have a bit of both of their parent breeds, which is a good case that both sides are rather great.
The Schnoodle is a very affectionate and loving companion (even known as a therapy dog) that is loyal, obedient when properly trained, and can even get to be a tad protective which makes for a good guard dog over your home. Their energy is high and ready for playing with their owners, which is one of the reasons why they would be an outstanding addition to a home with children for the Schnoodle adores being adored and played with.
Along with children and adults, the Schnoodle is good with other pets such as a cat and can be nice around other 4 legged friends as long as they are properly socialized from a young age. This helps the pup gain the social skills and confidence it needs when it is full-grown.
To add to the training they should receive, the Schnoodle puppy is quite easy to train due to their intelligence and absorption for learning; teaching them tricks, socializing with other dogs and people, barking levels, and walking alongside you are some of the key things you’ll want them to learn. But a major importance to remember is giving them positive reinforcement when training the Schnoodle, they are sensitive dogs and will not respond to harsh tones.
The Schnoodle is a fuzzy bundle of hilarious, cuddly, energetic joy that’s ready to climb on your lap, show you how well they can sit, and receive bunches of kisses and attention!
Who knew a tiny little thing could have so much energy? Although the Schnoodle isn’t wound-up and bouncing off the walls 24/7 they do have a moderate need for exercise both physically and mentally. Schnoodles love to be active and take part in dog sports like agility, barn hunt, and obedience If you are a jogger or have been waiting for a companion to do it with, the Schnoodle is right by your side. They do love to run around, but if running isn’t your thing you can let the Schnoodle run around a park or fenced-in area and play fetch with them. Their daily exercise intake should be at least 30 to 60 minutes.
You may have been surprised when you read that these little guys and gals need to be exercised mentally as well, this is to keep their smart brain stimulated so they aren’t driven to make naughty decisions around the house. This detail isn’t as daunting as it may sound, it can be simply accomplished by playing with your pup! There are even puzzle toys out there that are specifically for breeds like this who need the extra mental stimulation.
Price of a Schnoodle
As a designer breed and future companion, it is an investment, not including the necessities the pup will need when he comes home. When the Schnoodle comes from a breeder they can range from $500 to up to $2,000, this is mainly dependent on the breeder, and the bloodline that the Schnoodle’s parent breeds have. If you are leaning towards finding your little Schnoodle through a breeder, please be avid in your research to ensure they are coming from a safe and loving environment. Also, remember to not be afraid to ask questions about the breeder and the background of the Schnoodle’s parents; this is your future addition to the family we’re talking about there, you deserve to have answers!
Where to buy a Schnoodle
You can get a Schnoodle from several different places: Doodle-breed rescues, your local animal shelter, or a reputable breeder.
If your heart is pulling towards the option of rescue adopting there are several Schnoodle-specific rescues that will be listed down below, and you always have the option of calling around to the different shelters in your area and asking if there is a little Schnoodle who needs a home.
- New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network
- MapleCreek Miniature Schnauzer Rescue (For Washington, Oregon, and Idaho areas)
- Schnauzer Love Rescue (For Alabama, Flordia, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina areas)
- Schnauzer Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic ( For Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. areas)
- Sheree’s Dog Rescue (In Texas but allows outside state adoptions)
When searching for a reputable Schnoodle breeder, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t purchasing from any puppy mills. Reputable breeders will answer any questions you have, potentially let you visit the puppies before choosing one, and vet you as a potential buyer. They also providing health testing certificates and vet checkups so you know your Schnoodle is coming from healthy purebred dogs.
Schnoodle health issues and lifespan
Like any living creature, there are health-related factors to take into consideration, and the adorable Schnoodle is no expectation. There are a few health issues that can be related to the Schnoodle breed, but this does not mean that they are automatically born with these issues. The average lifespan of a Schnoodle is 10-15 long joy-filled years.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: This disease is when the cells in a dog’s eye become deteriorated over time and eventually leading to blindness. Unfortunately there is no cure or treatment for this disease, but fortunately for dogs with this disease, they are still fairly functional and but of course loving companions.
- Addison’s Disease: This disease indicates that a dog’s adrenal gland is not producing hormones that are vital to them. Their job is to regulate the dog’s organs and without these hormones, there can be bad consequences. Thankfully, this disease can be treated with the help of a Vet.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: This disease is the product of a spontaneous degeneration of the ball hip joint in the dog’s leg that further leads to arthritis. An early sign of this disease can be noticing a limp in your dog’s walk/play. Treatments can be planned and made with the assistance of a vet, this can come in forms of physical therapy, a diet change to maintain weight, medications for pain, and in extreme cases surgery.
- Gastric Dilation Volvulus: This is a very serious issue when if it occurs, it is caused by extreme bloating in a poor pup’s stomach that then blocks the entrance and exit of the pup. It requires emergency surgery and care. Making sure that your Schnoodle doesn’t go out and exercise right after a meal, eating the proper amounts of food (no overeating), and not taking in too much water can help to make sure their tummy is in tip-top shape.
By scheduling regular appointments with your Schnoodle puppy’s vet, making sure they have a proper amount of healthy dog food, and providing them with the play, love, and attention they need you’ll be well on your way to having a happy pup.
Why the Schnoodle might not be the dog for you
Of course, no one would deny that the Schnoodle is a sweet and cute dog, but the Schnoodle may not fit everyone’s lifestyle and that’s understandable! Here are a few key points to review to see if this breed is the right one for you, or if perhaps there’s another one out there that may fit a bit better.
- The Schnoodle can be quite clingy, needing to be by your side and the center of attention almost all the time. If you are the only one in your household and you are gone frequently, this may cause a dilemma. Lots of love and attention is required for these little guys!
- If you don’t want to have a dog that you have to be very detail-oriented and take care of a more high-maintenance coat, this may not be the best fit for you.
- These little guys can also be prone to separation anxiety and can’t be left alone for long periods of time, this won’t be good for the pup’s health and most likely not good for the life of your throw pillows or garbage can.
- The Schnoodle is a mid-high energy dog. If you’re looking for a dog to lay around with all day, the Schoodle is not a good option and you might want to search for low energy dogs instead.
Now that you’ve taken those factors into consideration and learned all about the adorable affectionate Schnoodle, you can decide if you and your family would like to adopt this cute little fuzzball and make it a memorable and grand addition to your crew!
Should you get a Schnoodle?
Schnoodles make wonderful companion dogs for anyone who wants to add an active four-legged friend to their family. If you want a couch potato dog, the Schnoodle might not be right for you, but if you want a small active dog to join you on jobs or compete in dog sports, the Schnoodle is the perfect choice!
Yes, most Schnoodles are small dogs although you can get large Schnoodles as long as the parent breeds are a Giant Schnauzer and a Standard Poodle.
Schnoodles do not shed very much—if any—dog hair.
No. The AKC does not recognize mixed breeds like the Schnoodle.
Yes—Schnoodles are part of the Poodle mix family of dogs.
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Mira is a dog-lover and writer. She and her two dogs (Bren and Nala) can be found hiking during all four seasons, camping and exploring new places together.