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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

The Schneagle, also known as the Miniature Schneagle or Beagle/Miniature Schnauzer Mix is a small cross with a life span of 12 to 15 years. Her parents are the Miniature Schnauzer and the Beagle and she is a funny and loving dog who is also very loyal.

The Schneagle is a cute looking, loving but needy dog who needs an owner who can give them a lot of time and attention. She can live with a family though socialization would greatly help with how she gets on with them.

Here is the Schneagle at a Glance
Average height Small
Average weight 7 to 25 pounds
Coat type Short to long, thick, wiry
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Miniature Schnauzer is)
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Two to four times a week
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Varies, Beagle is not at all, the Miniature Schnauzer is
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to very good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good
Trainability Moderate
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, urinary stones, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, ear infections
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $600
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $375 to $475

Where does the Schneagle come from?

The Schneagle is a type of designer dog, a recent term given to a new and popular trend to deliberately breed first generation offspring. Most have two purebreds as parents and some are created with thought and care but many are not. Watch out for puppy mills and the likes. They are rampant in the designer dog market and you should not let your money fund them. With a lot of these dogs we have no origins known about them so we look at the two parents for some ideas. Keep in mind that there are no guarantees with designer dogs, as just first generation puppies anything could happen with the mix of genes. The sales point a lot of breeders give is the best of both parents. But in reality there can be big difference in looks and temperament even in the same litter of puppies.

The Beagle

You can find Beagle like dogs back in Roman times but the actual Beagle we have now cannot be traced back that far. As with a lot of dogs his history is a little confused. In the mid 1800s you can see the starting of the Beagle we know today when they were bred for their hunting skills.

Today the Beagle has a gentle nature and will often make you laugh with their antics, but will also make you cry from their mischief! They are tricky things that are good at not listening or obeying you. He loves to follow a scent and is great with children – they get up their mischief together!

The Miniature Schnauzer

This dog was bred to be a ratter on farms and to be a guard dog. He was bred in the mid to late 1800s in Germany by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with other smaller breeds. In Europe during the World Wars dog breeding was hard and some breeds nearly disappeared but the Miniature Schnauzer remained popular. In those days you could get them in a variety of colors but today not so much!

Today he is a lively dog who loves to be in the middle of family goings ons and is quite the extrovert. He loves to receive affection and attention and is affectionate in return. He is feisty and confident and his need to be around people will likely mean he will follow you around. He will love to snuggle into your lap and he will try to make you do what he wants to get his own way. He is intelligent but can be stubborn.


The Schneagle is a friendly, playful and funny dog to have around! She is energetic and social so loves to have people around, making friends, being at the center of family activity. She is intelligent and loyal and tends to follow her owners around the home so that she can remain physically close to you. She is attentive and protective and alert. She loves to cuddle and will see your lap as her place to relax at the end of the day or your bed as where she wants to sleep. She is a great companion and family dog and will bond closely. She tends to be eager to please but can have a stubborn side.

What does the Schneagle look like

She is a small dog weighing 7 to 25 pounds and she has droopy soft ears, sometimes a name around her neck, a long muzzle with a dark nose, strong but short legs and a compact body. She can have a coat like either of her parents or even a mix but it can be short and thick or long in places. Common colors are tan, lemon, black, tricolor and white.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Schneagle need to be?

She is a fairly active small dog so will need daily exercise outside. She can adapt to apartment living though as long as gets that. Going to a dog park would be a good idea to give her time off leash, socializing and playing doggy games with you. She loves going for walks but she can have a tendency to catch scents and want to follow them, or try to chase smaller animals. She will spend some time playing indoors and some her toys should challenge her mentally. Access to a yard is a bonus place for her to play but not a requirement for this dog.

Does she train quickly?

This dog is moderate to train, she can be eager to please and she is smart so training can be moderately easy in some cases. But she can also have a stubborn side to her and if she leans more towards the Beagle it may be a bit harder. Be firm with her but stay fair and positive. Keep your training consistent and use treats, praise and so on as ways to reach her. Be patient and calm and stick with it as early training and socialization are important to ensure she is the best dog she can be. Results may be gradual but worth it.

Living with a Schneagle

How much grooming is needed?

She will have moderate grooming needs, she sheds somewhere between a low to moderate amount so will need to be brushed two to four times a week and there may be some loose hair to clean up. Brushing will keep her coat looking healthy and give her a bath just when she needs it to avoid affecting the natural oils in her skin. Use a dog shampoo to wash her and also check and wipe clean her ears once a week. Her nails will need to be trimmed when they get too long and her teeth should be brushed two to three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is not the most natural with children but with early socialization, growing up with them and so on she can be playful and loving. If you are getting a dog and you already have the children, older ones tend to work out better. She gets on fine with other dogs but may have a tendency to chase small animals and other pets.

General information

The Schneagle is an occasional to frequent barker so if there are strict noise rules where you live she may not be the best choice. She is not reliable as a watchdog all the time. She should be fed ½ to 1 1/2 cup of good quality dry dog food at day split into two meals.

Health Concerns

Schneagles can inherit certain health problems from their parents such as Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, urinary stones, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Von Willebrand’s, Congenital Megaesophagus, Hip dysplasia and ear infections. Visit the puppy to check the conditions she is kept in and only buy from a breeder who can show you health clearances so that you can try to avoid some of the above problems.

Costs involved in owning a Schneagle

A Schneagle puppy can cost $200 to $600. Other costs for blood tests, deworming, shots, micro chipping, spaying, crate, carrier, collar and leash come to between $385 to $435. Annual costs for medical needs such as health insurance, flea prevention, shots and check ups come to between $460 to $560. Annual costs for non medical needs like food, license, training, treats and toys come to between $375 to $475.


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Featured Image Credit: Left: Miniature Schnauzer, Debra Anderson, Shutterstock | Right: Beagle, Masarik, Shutterstock

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Nicole Cosgrove

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.

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