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The Schnoodle is a cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle, bred to combine the Poodle’s eagerness with the sturdiness of the Schnauzer.
The majority of Schnoodles are small, with a soft, wavy coat which sheds very little. There is a wide variety of colours available, including black, grey, silver, brown, white, apricot, sable, black/ white, black/tan and some can be a mixture.
Like both breeds, the Schnauzer cross Poodles come in a variety of Schnoodle sizes: toy, miniature and standard. Toys stand around 25 – 30 cm tall and weigh between 3 and 5 kg, miniatures stand at 30 – 38 cm tall and weigh 5 – 9 kg, and standards stand between 38 and 66 cm tall and weigh around 9 – 34 kg. Their lifespan is 10 – 15 years.
It is recommended that Schnoodles get around 30 – 60 minutes of exercise each day – this could be a walk, jog, or playtime. A Schnoodle whose mental and physical needs are not met may become destructive, disobedient, and develop behavioural problems.
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Thanks to their parents, Schnauzer cross Poodles are smart, easy to train and fast learners. They are great family pets and love to play with children. Standard Schnoodles in particular make great companions for young children as they are gentle and playful yet sturdy enough to handle rough play.
They are also known to get along with other household pets, such as cats, as long as they are introduced early in the dog’s life. Early socialisation of the Schnoodle puppy with other animals and humans is essential in the early training and development of the dog. However, if the Schnoodle tends to take more after its Schnauzer parent, it may not be a good idea to have small animals (such as rodents) in the same household, since it instinctively likes to hunt. Schnauzer-strong Schnoodles may also be suspicious and wary of strangers.
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The Schnoodle puppy was first bred by Schnauzer cross Poodle breeders in the 1980s, when popularity of Poodle crosses began to grow. The aim was to create a low-shedding family dog. Since it is a relatively new hybrid, most pups are bred directly from a Schnauzer and Poodle, though as the breed becomes more popular it is not uncommon for Schnoodle breeders to breed to the breed with each other.
However, it is possible that an early Schnoodle-type hybrid was created in England and known as the “Truffle Dog”, specialising in gathering Truffles.
Since it is a hybrid breed, it is not recognised by any Kennel Clubs, nor are there any standards established for the breed.