Other Names : Snoodle
The schnoodle is a hybrid of a schnauzer (miniature, standard or giant) and a poodle (toy, miniature or standard). They have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years. The aim of crossbreeding is to minimise the genetic diseases that can be present in purebred dogs. First-cross schnoodles will have the maximum genetic benefits associated with a hybrid dog – in other words, a schnoodle with one parent purebred schnauzer and one parent purebred poodle will have less genetic diseases than second or third cross schnoodles.
The schnoodle is a friendly dog with a thick wavy coat that can be rough or soft. When their hair is long, schnoodles tend to grow the characteristic beard of the schnauzer. Being a crossbreed, their appearance can vary significantly from dog to dog.
Feeding & Ownership
It is best to feed the schnoodle dry food as this breed is prone to tartar build up on their teeth.
The schnoodle is a friendly and very affectionate companion. They are very loyal to their family unit and some can be cautious of new people, making them excellent guard dogs. Schnoodles are energetic, playful and can be mischievous at times. They can adapt to living in a small home or apartment as long as they receive adequate daily exercise. They can be quite vocal and prone to separation anxiety, so early socialisation and training is a must.
Schnoodles usually do not shed and are often tolerated by allergic people. Those with shorter coats will not need to be groomed as frequently. Schnoodles with longer coats do take a great deal of care though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. These schnoodles should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks for a clip of your choice. The schnoodles’s ears need frequent cleaning or they may become infected and, daily teeth brushing is recommended or tartar will build up rapidly and lead to gingivitis. The eyes should be cleaned daily to prevent a build-up of eye discharge and tear staining.