Schnoodle (Dog): Temperament, Characteristics & Training

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A schnoodle is a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle. Sometimes called a designer dog, the schnoodle is not yet an officially recognized dog breed, but these dogs are popular family pets. They combine the intelligence of the poodle with the loyalty of the schnauzer, so they make devoted and clever companions. Plus, their low-shedding coats make them a good choice for those with allergies.

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Schnoodle characteristics

Schnoodles can be white, black, brown, tan, cream, gray, apricot, sable, and silver in color, with some having a combination or a parti-color coat. Their hair can tend toward wiry, like schnauzers, or soft and curly, like poodles.

Schnoodles come in five sizes, though the most common are the toy, miniature, and standard sizes, bred from miniature schnauzers with toy or miniature poodles. The toy schnoodle weighs 6 to 13 pounds and stands 8 to 12 inches. The miniature schnoodle weighs between 13 and 26 pounds and stands 12 to 16 inches tall. The standard schnoodle weighs between 44 and 66 pounds and stands 20 to 26 inches tall.

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The giant schnoodle is a cross between a giant schnauzer and a standard poodle; these dogs can weigh 70 pounds or more and stand about 26 inches at their shoulders. The medium schnoodle mixes a standard schnoodle with a miniature poodle, weighs between 26 and 44 pounds, and stands 16 to 20 inches.

Because there is no standardization for this breed, most sizes are approximate, with females being slightly smaller than males.

Schnoodle temperament & training

Breed is not a reliable indicator of personality, however, schnoodles are said to be easy to train because they love to please people. They like canine sports like agility, flyball, and fetch. Plus, they love swimming much like poodles, so dock diving is a good choice for a schnoodle.

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Some schnoodles may bark excessively due to their guarding instincts. Others have a tendency to dig because of the schnauzer's history as a ratting dog.

These affectionate and intelligent dogs need plenty of socialization to new people and pets as puppies. Schnoodles are smart but become bored during training, much like schnauzers, so always keep lessons short and upbeat. And don't forget to find a dog trainer who uses positive training methods.

Schnoodle grooming

Neither schnauzers nor poodles shed very much, so most schnoodles don't either. This makes them ideal dogs for people looking for a hypoallergenic dog.

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You'll need to brush your schnoodle two to three times a week to prevent mats from forming and have the hair trimmed every one to two months. That's because, like poodles, schnoodles have hair rather than fur, so it keeps growing. Wiry coats will need professional hand-stripping.

Unless your schnoodle has rolled in something stinky, a bath every month or so will keep her clean. Use this monthly bathing time to give your schnoodle an ear cleaning and a nail trim as well. And don't forget to brush her teeth at least two to three times a week.

Schnoodle exercise & health

Schnoodles, like poodles and schnauzers, are active dogs who need at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day. This is especially important for larger schnoodles.

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For the most part, schnoodles are healthy dogs who enjoy a degree of hybrid vigor as a mixed breed. Like both schnauzers and poodles, they may suffer from hip dysplasia, eye disorders, and cardiomyopathy. And like poodles, your schnoodle is more prone to idiopathic epilepsy, Von Willebrand's disease, sebaceous adenitis, Legg-Calve-Perthes, and luxating patellas than other breeds. Larger schnoodle varieties are also at a higher risk for developing gastric dilatation with volvulus, commonly referred to as bloat.

Schnoodle puppies

The size of your schnoodle puppy will vary based on his crossbreeding history. Smaller crossbreeds will mature faster than larger ones. Most toy, miniature, and medium schnoodle puppies will reach their full adult size within eight to 10 months. Their standard and giant full-grown golden schnoodle (or any other color) counterparts won't fully mature for 18 to 24 months.

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