A Schnoodle is a cross breed between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. Schnoodles take the best quality of both of their parts, the attentive Schnauzer and the intelligent Poodle. Schnoodles typically weigh around 5-15 lbs.
Schnoodle puppies are known for being affectionate, fun-loving and active. They are often very accepting of other dogs, pets, children and the elderly. However, it is important that young children learn to be respectful and gentle with this breed to avoid any issue. Depending on the breeding process he/she may be hypoallergenic due to poodle’s heritage. It is important if you have allergies to talk to your breeder to confirm if your pup will be hypoallergenic.
Schnoodle s are generally quite healthy, but can be susceptible to hip dysplasia, temperature insensitivity, and skin issues like dry flaky skin. These disorders increase in probability with improper breeding done at puppy mills or by inexperienced breeders. Proper nutrition and exercise is of the utmost importance for your Schnoodle to keep them healthy and strong enough to live into old age. The average lifespan of a properly bred Schnoodles is 13-17 years.
Schnoodles like many poodle hybrids need regular grooming. Because of multi layered fur, they are prone to matting especially around the ears and groin. It is very important to brush your Schnoodle several times a week but ideally daily for a healthy coat free of mats. Poodle hybrids with these types of coats can matt quickly and it can go straight to the skin before you know it. Get in touch with an experienced groomer to help you maintain your Schnoodles coat and nails. Schnoodles generally have wavy coats that can be wiry like their Schnauzer roots or soft like their Poodle roots. They come in a variety of different colors.
Schnoodle dogs love being companions and careful observers for their families. Despite their small size, they will often alert you if something new is happening with their bark. They train quite quickly and excel at mind games and agility training. Schnoodles are incredibly smart and quick to catch on, so the sooner you get to training them the better they will do. Start with small and easy tricks and work your way up as your pup gets better with commands. Crate training can also help to potty train your Schnoodle quickly and without much fuss. Schnoodles thrive in most environments so long as they have a nice warm lap to crawl onto. Their size makes them ideal apartment dogs.
Overall, a Schnoodle is a great addition to any household.
They love being part of a family “pack” and are always eager to please. Do your very best to find a proper breeder with a good reputation when picking your Schnoodle. Poodle Hybrids are very popular and have stimulated puppy mills to overbreed them. The last thing you want is a sick Schnoodle prone to cancer and other genetic disorders due to improper breeding. There are many great breeders out there, so get in touch with a good one before you get your own Schnoodle life partner!
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