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Schnauzer Poodle Hybrid Dogs

Family: Canidae Schnoodle, Schnauzer Poodle MIxed Dogs"Mollie"Canis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Emily
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  Bred since the 1970's, the Schnoodle is a most curious hybrid and is fast becoming a popular pet.

The Schnoodle is a mixed dog breed, usually a cross between a Miniature or Toy Poodle and a Miniature Schnauzer though other size combinations may also be used. Hybrid's temperaments are somewhat unpredictable, but the Schnoodle generally makes a great pet. Both Poodles and Schnauzers are cheerful and companionable, and they are easily trained. When selecting a Schnoodle, look for eye problems and seizure disorders.

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris

Common Name(s) Schnoodle

Breed Type The Schnoodle is a mixed breed. A cross between the Poodle and the Schnauzer, the Schnoodle is fast becoming a popular pet.

Background Schnoodles have been bred since the 1970s. They are usually the result of a cross between the miniature schnauzer and the miniature or toy poodle, but other size combinations may also be used. Crosses between a Giant Schnauzer and a Standard Poodle are much larger than the traditional hybrids, and are called Giant Schnoodles.

Description Schnoodles may be black, white, brown, gray, apricot, or multi-colored. Schnoodles may shed lightly, or not at all. The coat may be coarse, soft, or a combination of both. The ears may stand erect or hang down. Schnoodles that are the result of a cross between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Miniature Poodle are usually 10-14 inches tall and weigh 10-20 pounds.

Care and Feeding Schnoodles need a diet high in protein and minerals to keep their coats looking great. It is generally recommended to trim the Schnoodle's coat every 6 to 8 weeks. Specific grooming requirements vary according to the dog's coat.
Schnoodles need annual checkups to maintain their good health. Vaccinations are administered on the following schedule:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
  • 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
  • 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
  • Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

Some Schnoodles shed very little, and others do not shed at all. Their hair is hypoallergenic, so little added environmental maintenance is necessary.

Housing Your Dog Schnoodles are best suited to indoor life, but they enjoy playing outside.

Social Behaviors Schnoodles are usually great with children. They may be aggressive toward other dogs, or they may get along with them just fine. If socialized well when young, they can usually get along with other pets.

Handling and Training The Schnoodle is intelligent and eager to please, making training a delight. Some make good watchdogs, and some will catch mice.

Activities Schnoodles are rather energetic, so they need plenty of exercise. They love to play off-leash. Daily walks will help keep them happy and healthy.

Breeding/Reproduction Most Schnoodle breeders only produce first generation crosses to ensure the best possible health of the dogs. If you choose to breed your Schnoodle, look for a mate that has no family history of eye problems, epilepsy, joint problems, or Von Willebrand's disease.

Common Health Problems Eye problems and epilepsy are the most common health problems in the Schnoodle. Both of these ailments require veterinary care.

Availability The Schnoodle's popularity has made it fairly easy to find in most areas. Breeders can also be located online. Prices are usually $300 to $700.

References "Schnoodle", Wikipedia, Copyright 2008
"Schnoodle", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
"Miniature Poodle", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
"Miniature Schnauzer", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Standard Schnauzer", Referenced online, 2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Standard Poodle", Referenced online, 2008
"Schnoodle Facts", TX/NC Schnoodles, Copyright 2006
"Schnoodle Puppies for Sale", Copyright, LLC, Referenced online, 2008

Lastest Animal Stories on Schnoodle

Anonymous - 2010-11-29
You forgot the puggle!

  • Editor's Note - 2010-12-15
    Eeeps! I'll get on that right away!
  • Melody Rex - 2011-03-10
    Whatz a puggle?
Char Holland - 2012-05-31
We have 2 schnoodles that are litter mates. They are almost 5 years old and one of them (Shadow) started having seizures at age 2.5. Recently, these have progressed to cluster seizures. I'm looking for any information anyone else may have with this experience. We are looking at medicine to control and/or prevent the seizures rather than costly MRI and other tests.
We love this breed, our schnoodles are 2nd generation mini-schnauzer and poodle mix. They are smart, loving, active and no dander/shedding to bother our allergies.

Charles Brown - 2009-12-07
I grew up the more traditional dog breeds but I have to say our schnoodle is exceptional in every way: fantastic temperment, very affectionate, great with kids, hightly intelligent and great with kids. I can't say enough good things about this breed...

Joel - 2012-04-22
But what about life spans for Schnoodles? And what health issues have people encountered? I'm considering a Schnoodle after having had Schnauzers the past 20 years and dealing with Cushings, diabetes and cancer with them once they reached 10 yrs. old.

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-22
    The life span for a Snoodle is said to be around 14 years old. Per the Animal World article above some health concerns are for the eyes and epilepsy.