Recommended for: Families
Maintenance Level: Medium – high
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Temperament: Intelligent, friendly
Health Risk: This breed is in the lower risk category for developing health issues, hence it is one of the most affordable breeds to insure.
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.
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.
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.
COMMON SCHNOODLE DISEASES & CONDITIONS
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Progressive retinal atrophy refers to a family of eye diseases which gradually result in the deterioration of the retina, causing first night blindness then full blindness. There is no cure, but most dogs adapt very easily to the vision loss, provided their environment does not change too much.
Like in humans, canine cataracts occur when a cloudy membrane forms over the eye, causing vision loss. They can be removed surgically.
- Legg-Perthes Disease
Legg-Perthes disease affects the hip joint and has been known to affect small dog breeds. It lowers the blood supply to the femur and causes the pelvis to disintegrate. Symptoms such as limping and atrophy of the leg muscle occur around the age of 4 – 6 months. Surgery can be undertaken to remove the affected area and the resulting scar tissue creates a “false joint” and the dog usually ends up pain-free.
- Patellar Luxation
Patellar luxation occurs when the bones of the patella are not aligned properly and as a result slip in and out of place, causing pain and an abnormal gait. Mild cases generally do not require treatment and do not impact too much on the dog’s life, but severe cases may require surgery.
Epilepsy causes mild to severe seizures, which can manifest themselves as unusual behaviour or shaking. Though frightening, most dogs with epilepsy have a generally good prognosis. However, epilepsy can also be a symptom of a larger issue, so it is important to see a vet as soon as possible.
Diabetes occurs when the body cannot regulate blood levels. Affected dogs do not lose their appetite, but will often lose weight, urinate a lot and get thirsty often. It is treated with a special diet and insulin.
- Addison’s Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)
This serious illness is caused by the insufficient production of adrenal hormones by the adrenal gland. Schnoodles with Addison’s disease may have a poor appetite, appear lethargic and vomit. The symptoms of this disease are not always straightforward so it’s best to visit your vet where tests can be performed.
- Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus
Known as “bloat”, gastric dilatation-volvulus is an often-fatal disease occurring if the dog is fed one large meal a day, eats quickly, drinks a lot, or exercises after eating. The stomach becomes distended and twists, and the dog is unable to expel excess gas. The dog’s blood pressure drops, and without immediate attention the dog could die. Symptoms of bloat include excessive salivating, retching, restlessness and lethargy.
INTERESTING SCHNOODLE FACTS
- Claire Danes and Dakota Fanning are both proud Schnoodle owners
- Even though it is not recognised by any official Kennel Clubs, the Schnoodle can be registered in the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Continental Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed Registry.
- “Schnoodle” is widely considered to be one of the most bizarre breed names. Some more include the Chiweenie (Chihuahua x Dachshund, a.k.a. Chihuachshund), Foodle (Poodle x Miniature Fox Terrier), Box Spring (Boxer x Springer Spaniel), Jug (Jack Russel x Pug) and Schnug (Schnauzer x Pug).
Schnoodle Pet Insurance Quote
Getting pet insurance for your Schnoodle will help ensure you can always afford the best vet care for them. Bow Wow Meow offers a range of flexible pet insurance options including cover for accidental injury, illness and routine care.
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