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The Giant Schnoodle is a hybrid or mixed breed the result of a Standard Poodle breeding with a Giant Schnauzer. He is also called a Giant Schnauzerpoo and a Giant Schnauzerdoodle. He is a large dog with talents in competitive obedience, watchdog, agility and guarding. He should live for 10 to 13 years and is good for those with allergies as both parents are hypoallergenic.
|Here is the Giant Schnoodle at a Glance|
|Average height||24 to 28 inches|
|Average weight||60 to 85 pounds|
|Coat type||Wavy to curly, silky|
|Shedding||Non to low|
|Brushing||Once or twice a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good to very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Good with early socialization|
|Good with Children?||Good with socialization and being raised together|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate to good, needs training and socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Moderate to good, as above|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate|
|Trainability||Moderately easy – need firm leadership as can be stubborn|
|Exercise Needs||Very active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Moderate|
|Major Health Concerns||OCD, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, cancer, Addison’s Disease, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, Von Willebrand’s Disease|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, Legg-perthes, Patellar Luxation, eye problems, skin problems|
|Life Span||10 to 13 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$800 – $2000|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 – $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$500 – $600|
Where does the Giant Schnoodle come from?
In the 1980s the interest began in designer dogs or hybrids, especially for Poodle crosses as they are hypoallergenic and low dander and low shedding. Not all mixes with Poodle create a hypoallergenic hybrid though, but with a Schnauzer who is also hypoallergenic it would be. While other Poodle mixes are more popular or trendy than the Schnoodle he still has a fair amount of fans. There are no breeding standards yet for them and there are various sizes as the Poodle comes in three sizes and so does the Schnauzer. The Giant Schnoodle is the most recent of the Schnoodles and has a different temperament to the small companion sized cuddly alternatives.
When the breeding is done with thought and care the Giant Schnoodle can have the best of the parents but there are a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders out there cashing on on this designer dog trend so take care. To see what the Giant Schnoodle comes from here is a look at the Poodle and the Giant Schnauzer.
This is a very old breed of dog, coming from Germany originally not France as many presume. He was a retriever for hunters of waterfowl, his coat kept him protected from the water. When he came to France, probably in the 15th century he was bred more to the Poodle we know today. There were three sizes, the Standard continued to retrieve waterfowl, the miniature sniffed out truffles and the toy sized were kept by the aristocracy as companions they carried around with them. When the wealthy saw the Poodles performing in circuses having outlandish shaped coats they adopted this and also took to dying them too. He was registered in England in 1874 and in America in 1886.
Today the Poodle is a clever, loyal, loving and playful family dog. He is easy to train because he loves to please. With strangers he is wary and that gained him a reputation for being aloof. But with his owners and family he is friendly, entertaining and affectionate. He does have a lot of energy and he doe s not do well when left alone.
The Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer is also originally from Germany, bred at first to help drive cattle and then used in stockyards, guard dogs for breweries and in butcher shops. He is the largest of three Schnauzers. In the 1900s they were used as police dogs in various German cities though the German Shepherd beat them to those same jobs in America. There he is quite an uncommon dog.
Today he is assertive, energetic, bold but also calm and loving. He still makes a great working dog or a companion. He is protective and will defend them if needed. When he relaxes he can be playful and affectionate. He is intelligent but is not always easy to train as unless the trainer is firm and experienced, he will make the decisions and see himself as the one in charge.
The Giant Schnoodle is affectionate, loyal, fun loving, happy and will adore you. They are very clever and can learn quickly. They need plenty of physical and mental stimulation to stop them from getting bored and becoming destructive. The enjoy being with people and are not good when left alone for too long. They can be very entertaining and act like clowns being comical to be around. They can also be gentle, quiet and protective. Despite his size he loves to cuddle and he can sometimes become attached to one person more than others.
What does a Giant Schnoodle look like
He is a large dog weighing 60 to 85 pounds and standing 24 to 28 inches tall. He has almond shaped eyes, a wide long muzzle and flappy ears that hang down. His nose is usually black and his head is rounded with feathering. He has a thick coat that is wavy to curly and silky. Common colors are cream, brown, white, black, chocolate, golden and gray.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Giant Schnoodle need to be?
He needs a lot of exercise to keep him happy, well behaved and healthy. Families or people who are considering to get a Giant Schnoodle need to be active themselves and prepared to give up some time each day. They will enjoy hiking, jogging, walking, running, visits to a dog park, playing in a yard. He loves being outside and will need a good 60 minutes a day. Do not underestimate how much mental stimulation he needs, he needs to problem solve and keep his mind active too.
Does he train quickly?
He is intelligent and while he may not train quicker than other dogs he certainly will not train any slower. He can have a stubborn side and needs a firm owner who can be a string pack leader and keep him in line using positive methods with treats, praise and other rewards. Early socialization and training will help him become a better behaved and more accepting dog and will be easier to handle.
Living with a Giant Schnoodle
How much grooming is needed?
He is a low to non shedding dog and is hypoallergenic for most people. He will need brushing or combing once or twice a week to remove debris and keep his coat looking healthy. A bath should be had about once a month or as he needs it. His beard will need trimming and crumbs removed now and then. If he has a coat like a Schnauzer’s a few times a year he will need to be stripped. If it is more like the Poodle’s it will need clipping every two months.
Check his ears once a week and clean them using a damp cotton ball or cloth and a suitable ear cleaner. Brush his teeth at least three times a week, if not every day, using a proper doggy brush and toothpaste. Dog nails will need trimming if they get too long and your dog does not naturally wear them down. Do not cut too low though, their nails are not like ours, they have vessels and nerves in the lower section.
What is he like with children and other animals?
He is good with children and pets if he has been raised with them and if he has received early socialization and training. He can play with them and is protective of them. Teach your children how to interact with your dog without hurting them and that at certain times, like when he is eating, he should be left alone. When it comes to other dogs, again socialization is key as he can find it hard to share toys.
He prefers colder climates to warm ones and loves to play in the snow. He is a good watchdog and will bark to alert you if someone breaks into the home. He will bark occasionally for other reasons too. He will need to be fed 3 to 4 cups of dry dog food of high quality, divided into at least two meals.
While the Giant Schnoodle tends to be quite a healthy dog when bought from responsible breeders, there is the potential for inheriting the issues the parents are prone to. They include OCD, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, cancer, Addison’s Disease, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Hip dysplasia, Legg-perthes, Patellar Luxation, eye problems and skin problems.
Costs involved in owning a Giant Schnoodle
Puppy prices are higher than some other designer dogs because it is a Poodle mix and they are quite popular. About $800 to $2000 but sometimes those prices can include other things like deworming, shots, a micro chip and so on. If not those initial medical charges along with a crate, collar and leash will cost $450 – $500. Ongoing medical costs for pet insurance, vaccinations, flea prevention and check ups will be $485 to $600 a year. Ongoing non-medical costs for food, a license, toys, treats and training will be $500 to $600 a year.
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The Giant Schnoodle will need you to love being active and willing to become active to give him what he needs. He is a great companion and you will end up adoring each other, exercising together, cuddling together and being happy together.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Giant Schnoodle come from?
- What does a Giant Schnoodle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Giant Schnoodle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Giant Schnoodle