The only thing more fun than saying the word schnoooooodle is playing with a real schnoodle! They may look like designer, teddy bear dogs but they are actually an intelligent, energetic and loyal breed that will fill your home with joy.
What’s a Schnoodle?
A Schnoodle is a hybrid breed, a cross between a poodle and a schnauzer – 2 excellent dog breeds to say 10 times fast!
Unlike some historic hybrid breeds, like the bull terrier, the Schnoodle was created purely for company and super fluffy, teddy-bear features. They’re designer dogs that everyone loves.
3 Facts You Need to Know About This Breed
- The Schnoodle coat is hypoallergenic and ideal for allergy sufferers!
- Besides simple ear infections from all that fur in their ears, these dogs can also suffer from Addison’s disease.
- They can live up to 15 years, about the same as the Shih Tzu and Cocker Spaniel.
Appearance and Personality
The Schnoodle is fluffy like the poodle but with the distinctive muzzle shape of the Schnauzer.
Their size varies drastically depending on the poodle and schnauzer that have been bred, and their temperament can vary too! For the most part, the Schnoodle dog breed is intelligent and loving (poodle traits) as well as protective and loyal (schnauzer traits). The Schnauzer can be a bit too stubborn and the poodle can often be too high energy for some families, so the Schnoodle temperament balances these out nicely into a well-rounded dog.
Check out our Schnauzer article here!
And our Mini Schnauzer article here!
Different Shapes and Sizes!
Breeders will tend to breed the poodle with the schnauzer every time, rather than Schnoodle to Schnoodle. This allows them more control over the features of the pups, which can range from standard Schnoodle size to giant Schnoodle puppies to tiny teacup puppies.
The Big Teddy!
Although they won’t grow as enormously as the Entlebucher mountain dog, the giant schnauzer and standard poodle mix breed is quite large.
They can get as tall as 16 inches and weigh a hefty 60lbs (about the same as a fully grown golden retriever!).
The Little Teddy!
Breeding the miniature schnauzer and toy poodle results in the cutest ever tiny puppy!
The mini Schnoodle, sometimes also called the toy Schnoodle, isn’t the smallest of all miniature dogs at 10 inches tall (Chihuahuas and Terriers hold that title at under 10 inches) but is still followed by a wave of “awwws” throughout their doggy lives.
Exercise and Trainability
The Schnoodle will need regular exercise, even as a puppy. The type of exercise they get, however will vary as they get older due to their training.
They can be very difficult to train if you aren’t very thorough when they’re still a puppy. When they’re 3 to 4 months old, for example, you’d best not encourage them with a tug of war and play fighting or they’ll have aggressive tendencies growing older!
The manners you teach to the puppies will stick with them for life.
Great Therapy Pups!
When properly trained, the Schnoodle is a very loving dog. Their optimistic, happy personalities make them great companions and therapy dogs.
There’s no doubt that the Schnoodle will be your best friend! In a family setting, it can sometimes pick a favorite human; however, they’re never usually aggressive to others unless poorly trained and believe they are boss.
They Can Be High-Maintenance Pups!
That gorgeous coat can’t even shed enough hair to make a dog t-shirt!
With careful grooming and trimming, you can really highlight the distinctive Schnauzer mustache.
A good brush every few days and a weekly bath will do your pup a world of good.
A Schnoodle Puppy Can Cost A Fair Bit!
Schnoodles for sale are designer dogs, so for a top-of-the-range, competition-winning pups, you can pay up to $3000!
The size of the dog will also impact the cost – the very small and very large Schnoodle breeds tend to be more expensive than standard size.
Schnoodle For Sale
The Schnoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) but that doesn’t mean Schnoodle dog breeders should be regarded with less caution. Always do a thorough check of the dog breeder before buying puppies! Don’t forget that you can also find your next best friend at a local animal rescue, where loving dogs are waiting for their forever home.
5 Tips for Schnoodle Doggie Owners!
- Make sure your pup knows who is boss – they can be very difficult to train and deal with when they believe they are king of the house!
- Keep your puppy on a leash, as they tend to bolt off on adventures and not come back when they’re young.
- Much like the different terrier breeds, they can vary a lot in size as they grow. Don’t expect to buy just one crate to see them through the rest of their life.
- Always carry a stick or ball! Their greatest past-time is fetch.
- Both the poodle and schnauzer can develop von Willebrand’s disease, a disorder that can affect both male and female pups. Order a genetic test if the dog breeder hasn’t already!
These Pups Will Remain Absolutely Devoted to Their Pet-Parents!
The Schnoodle is so loyal, intelligent and loving. Once you’ve made yourself boss, they will love you obediently for eternity! Snuggle with your Schnoodle for teddy-bear comfort, from when they’re pups to OAPs (old age pooches).