Developed in the 1980s, the Schnoodle made its appearance due to an increased interest in Poodle mixes. Although it’s not as popular as many other Poodle crosses, it is gathering a dedicated following, thanks in part to its playful good nature and low- shedding, low-dander coat.
The Schnoodle is the result of crossing a Schnauzer and a Poodle. Some breeders cross multigenerational Schnoodles (Schnoodles bred to other Schnoodles).
Food / Diet
The Schnoodle does well on a diet of high-quality kibble. Be sure to monitor eating and break meal times into two separate feedings. This will ensure that you’re dog doesn’t eat too fast and will prevent bloat.
Because the Schnoodle is the offspring of two intelligent breeds, you’ll find that he is easy to train as long as long as he is motivated and challenged.
Because the Schnoodle is the offspring of two breeds, you’ll find that he is easy to train as long as long as he is motivated and challenged. A perceptive dog, the Schnoodle loves to please you, which helps with training lessons. And with right training and discipline, your Schnoodle will fly through basic obedience training and will be ready for advanced obedience and agility training.
Use this dog’s intelligence to teach him new tricks and games. He loves the attention and will want to show off his skills and training to anyone who will praise and reward him. As with most dogs, only use positive training reinforcement, such as treats and praise.
A Schnoodle can weigh anywhere from 10 to 60 pounds, depending on the size of the parents.
Temperament / Behavior
The Schnoodle takes after his parents – he’s cheerful, intelligent and always happy. He’s just happy to hang out with you, no matter what you’re doing. But don’t pigeon hole him as just a companion dog – this breed is also quite agile and works well as a therapy dog.
Affectionate, protective, and clever, Schnoodles make the perfect family pet – you’ll find this breed to be devoted to your family. Kids of all ages will enjoy this wonderful breed.
Schnoodles do best in a structured living situation. This helps to prevent anxiety-related behavioral problems. At times, the Schnoodle can be excitable, so training him not to jump up on people in this state is necessary. Overall, you’ll find that this dog will easily make friends with people and other animals.
Common Health Problems
The Schnoodle is prone to develop a large amount of hair inside the ear, which can result in ear infections. Be sure to take your dog to the vet or groomer to have it removed. This breed is generally healthy, but health conditions may occur that are common to its parent breeds. These include Progressive Retinal Atrophy, cataracts, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Patellar Luxation, epilepsy, and bloat.
The Schnoodle has an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
A moderately active dog, 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 for the agility courses. Flyball and obedience training are other activities your Schnoodle will excel at.
Depending on the size of your Schnoodle, he will do quite well in an apartment or condo, as long as he gets enough daily exercise. A walk or active playtime (this dog loves to play tug and fetch) each day will keep him happy and healthy.
The Schnoodle takes after his parents – he’s cheerful, intelligent and always happy.
The Schnoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR).
The Schnoodle’s coat can take its characteristics of either parent breed – it can be wiry like a Schnauzer or soft and curly like a Poodle, or a mix of the two. The color of a Schnoodle’s coat ranges the gamut and comes in a full black, white, brown, grey and apricot coat, or can take on multi-colored hues, such as black and white, sable or parti.
No matter what coat characteristics your Schnoodle inherits, it will be hypoallergenic. As well, this breed is a low shedder, thanks to the hair-like quality of the coat. You’ll need to brush your Schnoodle every week and take him to the grooms for a cut every 2 to 3 months to prevent matting and tangles.
Schnoodle puppies are social dogs, so they would benefit from Puppy Kindergarten classes. Be sure to take them to the dog park and other new environments so they can meet new people and animals.