- Best Suited For: Families with children, singles, seniors, apartments, houses with/without yards
- Temperament: Devoted, loving, obedient, clever
- Comparable Breeds: Giant Schnauzer, Poodle
Making its way into the hearts of dog lovers everywhere, the Schnoodle is gaining popularity as a must-have designer dog. This hybrid breed fills the role of many types of dog – lap dog, family dog, therapy dog and show stopper. You could say this is a well-rounded breed that will fill any position available! Not only is the Schnoodle cute and adorable, it is playful and lovable, making him the ideal family pet.
With a wide range of sizes available, Schnoodles come is small, medium and larger sizes. Depending on the size of Poodle and Schnauzer bred, your Schnoodle can weigh anywhere from 10 to 60 pounds (Schnauzer come in Miniature, Standard, and Giant, while Poodles come in Toy, Miniature, and Standard sizes). And, because of the Poodle mixed in, this dog has a hypoallergenic coat, which makes him an attractive pet for allergy sufferers. Please read on to learn about this wonderful hybrid dog breed
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.
Food / Diet
The Schnoodle does well on a diet of high-quality kibble. Serving size depends on the size of your dog. 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 intelligent 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.
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, Diabetes Mellitus, Addison’s Disease and bloat.