The Schnauzer Poodle Mix, better known as a Schnoodle, is the result of breeding a Schnauzer and Poodle. The dam and sire are usually a Miniature size, although Toys and Standards can be used to get the size and special characteristics buyer seek in the pup. This designer dog is a wonderful companion. He also makes a great therapy or lap dog. There’s no guarantee how its appearance will turn out, but it’s easy to predict a happy, energetic addition to the family. The pup may have the Poodle’s slender body and curly hair or the Schnauzer’s rough-haired strong appearance. What background makes this popular hybrid so special?
Origin of the Schnauzer Poodle Mix
The Schnauzer Contribution
The Miniature Schnauzer is the frequent choice for the first half of the Schnoodle. There’s a touch of shyness when encountering strangers, but its energetic, alert approach to life soon eliminates that. A wiry coat and square-shaped build have been part of the Schnauzer profile for centuries. The Standard served as a medium-sized farm dog in late 19th century Germany. Documented in 1888, the Miniature Schnauzer resulted from selective breeding by farmers looking for a smaller dog to get rid of rats. The double coat is wiry on top and features colors like salt & pepper, silver & black, and all white or black hair. Its undercoat is thick, yet soft. Average weight is 10 to 20 pounds, while height is 12 to 14 inches. Females are slightly smaller and lighter.
The Poodle Contribution
Miniature Poodles enjoys being around the family. Part of that trait is because Poodles are friendly once they get to know you. Otherwise, they tend to shy away from kids, pets and strangers. Poodles may contribute a solid cream, grey, or brown curly coat to offspring. Poodles are excellent companion dogs. Their intelligence helps them learn tricks and tasks rapidly.
The Delightful Schnauzer Poodle Mix
Whether you call him a Schnoodle or Schnauzerpoo, the Schnauzer Poodle Mix is an intriguing mixture of quality genetics. A Miniature dam and sire produce pups with a height between 12 and 15 inches and weight between 13 and 20 pounds. The Schnoodle was created in Minnesota around 1980 as a companion dog. He benefits from the friendliness and intelligence possessed by both parents, as well as the ability to successfully interpret commands and special needs of his family. Like the Poodle, he enjoys playing games and learning new tricks to show off to anyone available to watch. Treats are always welcome as a reward for a job well done.
The Schnauzer Poodle Mix coat is destined to be a mystery until he is born and grows a bit. There’s so much variety from the dam and sire! A long, thick curly coat in tan or white reflects the Poodle genes. The Schnauzer may contribute the double coat with silver or white solids or patterns. The result is a warm coat with at least some curl and a lovely color or pattern. Pups usually have almond-shaped eyes, short muzzle, and fluffy fur on its round head. His floppy ears hang down.
You can still request a Schnoodle if a larger dog is on your wish list. The Giant Schnoodle is a cross between the Standard Poodle and Giant Schnauzer! One trait most Schnoodles have is holding their tail upright and straight during when they’re happy or in a good mood.
Schnauzer Poodle Mix Temperament
The Schnauzer Poodle mix brings many kudos from families and fans. Affectionate, strong-willed, and clever are three familiar comments. Their protective, alert nature might inspire the shrill bark passed down from the Schnauzer parent. Constant barking usually merits more training, a few minutes of extra attention, or finding something fun to ease the dog’s boredom. Schnoodles thrive on activity and will make up their own game if there’s nothing to keep them occupied – even if their new game is repetitious barking.
Schnoodles need a lot of attention every day, so be prepared to spend quality time with this designer dog. Supervise young children while they play with the dog, to keep the kids from getting hyper or rough.
The loyal, protective nature that motivates its watchdog temperament comes from the Schnauzer parent. Don’t be surprised if your four-legged family member seems to favor one human member more than the others. This is another trait from his Schnauzer heritage.
Expect some stubbornness during training time. It’s provided from both the dam and sire. Include at least an hour of active exercise daily. “Fetch” is a popular indoor game when the weather’s too bad to go outside. Roll the ball down the hallway and praise him when he returns it to you to roll again. The intelligence from both parents is accompanied by a desire to please, so tricks and commands will be simple to achieve.
Grooming the Schnoodle
The Schnauzer Poodle mix should be brushed daily. The coat, though thick, has little shedding. Check the floppy ears very few days and take him to the vet if you suspect an ear infection. If you bathe your dog instead of taking him to the groomer, avoid getting water in his ears. Trim the nails carefully or have a professional clip them. Brush your dog’s teeth every other day to minimize the risk of dental problems.
Health Concerns of the Schnauzer Poodle Mix
The Schnoodle is a healthy dog with a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Common health problems include:
- Patellar luxation
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Addison’s disease