The Schnauzer Poodle Mix aka the Schnoodle

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The Schnoodle is a hybrid dog breed that is popular throughout the world. It is a mix between the Schnauzer and the Poodle and it comes in a variety of colors. This is an adorable dog with a calm and loving nature which is why it has found its place in society and become a popular family dog. Its loving temperament and its fierce loyalty to human beings makes this a wonderful therapy dog as well. They are a highly intelligent dog which makes it very easy to train them and this is also why they are such popular performing dogs. This is a playful and very lovable dog, but at the same time it likes to be at the center of attention.

The Schnoodle was specially designed to be a low-shedding dog and its coat resembles that of a Schnauzer puppy’s coat which is soft and wavy. Due to the great variety of colors its parents can come in, the Schnoodle comes in a number of colors including black, white, gray, silver, brown, sable, tan, black and white, and apricot.

This is a new hybrid dog and it came about in the 80’s when there was an increased interest in Poodle mixed breeds.

Schnoodle Size
The Schnoodle dog comes in a variety of different sizes, especially since there are three different sizes for both the full-bred Poodle and the Schnauzer. Traditionally, the Schnoodle is a smaller dog, but recently when crossing the Standard Poodle with the Giant Schnauzer the result has been a bigger Schnoodle.

Although there are a number of size variations for both the Schnauzer and the Poodle, the Schnoodle tends to weigh around 20 pounds or less. Generally, a Schnoodle could come in three different variations like its parents:

• Toy Schnoodles are approximately 10-12 inches tall and weigh 6-10 pounds.Schnauzer Poodle Mix
• Miniature Schnoodles are approximately 12-15 inches tall and weigh 13-20 pounds.
• Standard Schnoodles are approximately 15-26 inches tall and weigh 20-75 pounds.

Schnoodle Health Problems
Generally, as a mixed-breed dog, the Schnoodle is healthy and does not have problems; however, as both its parents are pure-bred, it is possible to inherit genetic diseases from them. When adopting or purchasing a Schnoodle it is imperative you locate a good dog breed that will be able to give your dog the all-clear.

If a Schnoodle inherits an illness from either one of its parents, it is most likely to suffer from elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, or hyperthyroidism.

Schnoodle Temperament
A Schnoodle that has been well bred is a happy and loyal companion. Both its parents have a high intelligence level which is passed down to its offspring. This is the perfect family dog as it loves to have fun and play lots of games. As a loyal dog, it is protective of its master and family and for this reason it also makes a good watchdog.

A Schnoodle does not adapt well to change, which is why it is sometimes difficult to adopt an older dog. It can sometimes be suspicious towards humans and other dogs, which is why it is important to socialize it with people and other animals early – this socialization will ensure that your dog grows up to be a well-behaved dog.

Schnauzer Poodle MixSchnoodle Grooming and Exercise
The amount of grooming and brushing of your Schnoodle’s coat will depend on which coat it has inherited from its parents. It can either have a softer coat with looser curls like the Poodle or a wiry coat with tighter curls like the Schnauzer. If the Schnoodle takes after the Poodle parent more it should have its coat brushed one to two times a week to prevent it from getting tangled. If the dog takes after its Schnauzer parent more with a wiry coat, its coat will need brushing less, however, it is a good idea to keep trimming it to keep it looking tidy. Additionally, the Schnoodle will need to be bathed more than the average dog to maintain its coat. After washing, dry its coat with a hair dryer and comb it at the same time to help prevent tangling.

A Schnoodle’s ears have the tendency to get a buildup of dirt, so it is a good idea to check them on a weekly basis for any sign of redness or a strange smell that could indicate infection. Use a damp cotton ball with either warm water or a pH balanced ear cleaner to keep the ears clean and prevent future ear infections.

If your Schnoodle does not get the opportunity to wear down its nails naturally while walking and running on concrete surfaces, you will need to trim its nails yourself. This will prevent yourself getting scratched as your pet Schnoodle could have the tendency to jump on you enthusiastically out of excitement.

A Schnoodle requires moderate exercise. It needs between 30-60 minutes of light exercise a day such as a slow jog or a brisk walk.

Schnoodle Training
Both the Schnauzer and the Poodle are easily trained therefore you should have no problem training your Schnoodle. Schnoodles need to be socialized with other dogs and if you do not wish for your dog to yap at visitors, this needs to be controlled from early on.

Schnoodle Suitability and Living Conditions
A Schnoodle loves people and because of its playful and gentle nature it is well-suited to young families and older people. This dog needs a lot of attention, so it is not suitable for a young couple that is rarely home. Schnoodles can suffer from separation anxiety, so it is not a good idea to leave them alone for long periods of time.

SchnoodleIf the Schnoodle is of a smaller variation, it is okay in an apartment; however, if it is the Standard Schnoodle, it needs to be kept in a home that has a fenced in backyard so it will have more space to exercise.

people and other animals early – this socialization will ensure that your dog grows up to be a well-behaved dog.

Schnoodle Grooming and Exercise
The amount of grooming and brushing of your Schnoodle’s coat will depend on which coat it has inherited from its parents. It can either have a softer coat with looser curls like the Poodle or a wiry coat with tighter curls like the Schnauzer. If the Schnoodle takes after the Poodle parent more it should have its coat brushed one to two times a week to prevent it from getting tangled. If the dog takes after its Schnauzer parent more with a wiry coat, its coat will need brushing less, however, it is a good idea to keep trimming it to keep it looking tidy. Additionally, the Schnoodle will need to be bathed more than the average dog to maintain its coat. After washing, dry its coat with a hair dryer and comb it at the same time to help prevent tangling.

A Schnoodle’s ears have the tendency to get a buildup of dirt, so it is a good idea to check them on a weekly basis for any sign of redness or a strange smell that could indicate infection. Use a damp cotton ball with either warm water or a pH balanced ear cleaner to keep the ears clean and prevent future ear infections.

If your Schnoodle does not get the opportunity to wear down its nails naturally while walking and running on concrete surfaces, you will need to trim its nails yourself. This will prevent yourself getting scratched as your pet Schnoodle could have the tendency to jump on you enthusiastically out of excitement.

A Schnoodle requires moderate exercise. It needs between 30-60 minutes of light exercise a day such as a slow jog or a brisk walk.

Schnoodle Training
Both the Schnauzer and the Poodle are easily trained therefore you should have no problem training your Schnoodle. Schnoodles need to be socialized with other dogs and if you do not wish for your dog to yap at visitors, this needs to be controlled from early on.

Schnoodle Suitability and Living Conditions
A Schnoodle loves people and because of its playful and gentle nature it is well-suited to young families and older people. This dog needs a lot of attention, so it is not suitable for a young couple that is rarely home. Schnoodles can suffer from separation anxiety, so it is not a good idea to leave them alone for long periods of time.

If the Schnoodle is of a smaller variation, it is okay in an apartment; however, if it is the Standard Schnoodle, it needs to be kept in a home that has a fenced in backyard so it will have more space to exercise.


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