Schnoodle.

Other Names:

Schnopoo, Schnauzerpoo, Schnauzerdoodle

Price Range:

$500 – $1,000

Size:

Medium

Dog Group:

Hybrid (Terrier & Non-Sporting)

Coat Length:

Medium

Energy:

Medium

Kid Friendly:

Low

Life Expectancy:

10-15 years

Available in these colours:

Characteristics & Tendencies:

TENDENCY TO DIG30%

30%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

SNORING10%

10%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

DROOLING10%

10%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

EXERCISE NEEDS75%

75%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

GROOMING NEEDS75%

75%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

BARKING30%

30%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

APARTMENT FRIENDLY

HYPOALLERGENIC

About the Schnoodle

Described as “forever happy,” the Schnoodle is a cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle and were developed in the 1980s due to increasing interest in Poodle mixes. It is one of the most popular designer breeds in Australia today, known for his cheerful, friendly and active personality. Bred to be a companion dog, this breed has proven to excel in agility and training as a therapy dog and loves playing and hanging out with his family.

The size of a Schnoodle will depend on the sizes of its parents, as Poodles may be Toy, Miniature or Standard and Schnauzers can be Miniature, Standard or Giant. Its coat colours are usually solid-coloured and may come with a mask, markings or black or white points. As a hypoallergenic dog, it is a fairly low-shedder, but its coat does require a medium to high grooming effort.

Schnoodles are known to be highly intelligent dogs and love staying both mentally and physically stimulated. They are great with children of all ages and make excellent watchdogs. Schnoodles love being a part of the family and may develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long, so they are best suited to owners who can give them lots of love and attention.

FEEDING

How much do Schnoodles eat?

3/4 – 1 cup of food a day

TEMPERAMENT

Are they kid-friendly?

Love playing with kids, get along very well

EXERCISE

How much exercise?

30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise

LIVING

Do they need a lot of space?

Although they are active, they prefer indoor environments

Top health issues

What are the most common health issues for Schnoodles?

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Addison’s Disease

IN DETAIL

Common Schnoodle diseases & conditions, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in detail:

Feeding

How much does a Schnoodle eat?

Schnoodles should be fed approximately two to three times a day. Their portion sizes may vary depending on the size of your Schnoodle, and whether his parent is a Miniature Schnauzer or a Giant Schnauzer. They do best on a diet containing protein-rich foods, vitamins and healthy fats and minerals to help sustain their growth. As this breed is prone to tartar build-up on their teeth, dry food is recommended. They should not be allowed to free feed as they may gain weight. A feeding schedule is ideal with a minimum of treats. Check with your veterinarian if you’re unsure about the feeding needs of your particular dog. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

Shedding

How often does the fur fall off?

The Schnoodle coat is meant to resemble a Schnauzer’s: soft and wavy. Being a hypoallergenic breed, this helps make living with a Schnoodle easier for owners with allergies. However, the Schnoodle coat can vary as well. It is considered a low-dander, low-shedding breed since its parents are both hypoallergenic, but the texture varies from soft and curly like the Poodle to coarse and wiry like the Schnauzer.

Grooming

Are Schnoodles high maintenance?

The Schnoodle requires a medium to high grooming effort. They should be brushed a couple of times a week, in addition to regular clippings every six to eight weeks to maintain their coats. If their coat resembles more of their Poodle parent’s, they should be combed daily to prevent matting. There is no standard way to groom a Schnoodle. Regular ear cleaning nail clipping is also needed for them. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Bathe them as regularly as your average dog – just when they get dirty or are particularly smelly. Brush their teeth at least two or three times a week to eliminate tartar buildup and bacteria as well.

Exercise

How much exercise does a Schnoodle need?

The Schnoodle should have plenty of exercise every day, at least 30 to 60 minutes. Both Schnauzers and Poodles are smart, so this hybrid requires daily mental stimulation as well. A moderately active dog like the Schnoodle will follow your lead when it comes to exercise. He loves to run, so take him out with you for a daily jog. He likes to jump, making him a natural at agility courses. Flyball and obedience training are other activities your Schnoodle will excel at. An active playtime each day will keep him happy and healthy. A Schnoodle who isn’t properly exercised or stimulated can become destructive and difficult to handle.

Vet Visits

How often should a Schnoodle visit the vet?

Veterinary care is essential to a dog’s health and wellbeing, however the frequency of treatment and checkups will depend on the dog. Scheduled six-monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure your Schnoodle is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. In these annual visits, your vet will complete a physical examination, take your dog’s temperature and check his heartbeat, among other things. Routine maintenance for your dog gives you a chance to track your dog’s growth and development and discuss any concerns with your vet, and forms a key part of preventative care. Schnoodles are prone to bloat, skin disease, hip dysplasia and eye problems like cataracts.

Family Suitability

Are Schnoodles kid-friendly and sociable with humans?

Schnoodles make excellent family pets, due to their affectionate, clever and protective personality. They are very loyal to the family, and are suitable for children of all ages. As both of their parents are also kid-friendly, the Schnoodle also loves getting along with kids. They may also be cautious of meeting new people and may be mischievous at times. Therefore, it is important to socialise your Schnoodle with children and new people from a young age. Their cautious nature also makes them great guard dogs. This breed is most suited to a structured living situation, to keep any anxiety-related behaviour at bay. The Schnoodle may become excitable at times, so it is important to train and socialise him early on.

Trainability

Are Schnoodles difficult to train?

Schnoodles are exceptionally intelligent dogs that enjoy training. Some Schnoodles have an unearned reputation for being strong willed. Just provide them with positive reinforcement and consistent training and you’ll be surprised at how fun they are to work with. You can find Schnoodles excelling in performance dog sports and therapy dog work which testaments to their high intelligence and trainability.

Compatibility with other pets

Do Schnoodles get along with other dogs or cats?

In general, Schnoodles are friendly and non-aggressive towards other pets, children, and people. They are highly sociable dogs, and are happy to make friends with others of their own kind. Therefore, it is suggested to engage them in activities with other animals so they can become comfortable.

Need for company

How often do they need to be around humans?

Schnoodles are sociable and have a high need for company. As Schnauzers tend to prefer the company of one person, Schnoodles sometimes possess this trait as well. Whilst they love the whole family, they may have an affinity particularly with one individual. As a very affectionate breed, Schnauzers also love being the centre of attention, and have a low tolerance for loneliness. They are companion dogs and do best when they are indoors with their owners. Schnoodles suffer from separation anxiety, and if left alone for too long, may develop destructive behaviour. They are typically not a noisy breed, but may become vocal when left alone for long periods or become bored.

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