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Nicole Cosgrove

Schnocker mixed breed dogs

The Schnocker is a cross breed with two purebred parents, the Cocker Spaniel and the Miniature Schnauzer. She has a life span of 12 to 15 years and is also called a Miniature Schnocker, Cockershnauz and Mini Schnocker. She takes part in agility events and is a mix of being laid back and affectionate but also gets easily excited.

Being a proud owner of a Schnocker means you have a friend who will be loyal, loving and occasionally lively. Make sure you socialize and train her and that one of her commands will control her barking. She can be a family dog but is especially well suited to being a companion to singles or couples.

Here is the Schnocker at a Glance
Average height 12 to 15 inches
Average weight 16 to 25 pounds
Coat type Short or long, soft or coarse, wavy and shaggy or straight
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Two or three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to good depending on which parent she is more like
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Very good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good -needs socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization – fairly high prey drive
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to above average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but better with experienced owner
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Can be prone to weight gain, watch food and ensure exercise happens daily.
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, AIHA, Hypothyroidism
Other Health Concerns Allergies, Hip dysplasia,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $500
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $680 to $780

Where does the Schnocker come from?

The Schnocker is a another designer dog that has appeared on the scene in the last 10 years or so. Where as once there were purebreds and mutts now there are also designer dogs. Some argue they are just over priced mutts but some say they are more than that when you have one from a good breeder. A designer dog is meant to be a thoughtful breeding of two or sometimes three purebreds to create a first generation offspring with desirable traits from both parents. Unfortunately with a lot of backyard breeding and puppy mills also churning out puppies with little care and no breeding knowledge not all designer dogs are born equal. Take care where you buy from. As with a lot of these dogs there are no origins known about the first Schnocker so here is a look at the parents and their background in brief first of all.

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 Cocker Spaniel

Spaniel means Spanish dog, and it is thought they do originate from Spain. There were two kinds by the 1800s toys who were companion dogs and larger hunting dogs who were then dived into water and land spaniels. The Cocker spaniel was named for his adeptness at hunting woodcocks. In England the term spaniel was used more as a working category than as a breed of dog. The Cocker Spaniel was finally recognized in the late 19th century, just after its arrival in America. Eventually the American breed and the English started to have slightly different characteristics, the American being smaller too. In the 1930s it was recognized that there was a difference between the two types and by 1946 the SKC set them as two different breeds.

When bred well the Cocker Spaniel is sweet, cuddly and loves to take part in family activities. He also loves to play, is alert, and enjoys getting outside with his owners. He can be sensitive so harsh treatment or tones should not be used with him. Sometimes when he is afraid or in pain he can snap and growl.


The Schnocker is an intelligent and sweet dog who loves to cuddle and is very affectionate. In some cases she does not like to be alone and may have separation anxiety but if she is more like the Miniature Schnauzer she can handle it better. She will want lots of attention and she is very friendly and enjoys the extra fuss she receives when people come over. She does though get very excited at such times and can pee a little as a result! When it is just family though she is calmer and more laid back. She gets very attached and is quite sensitive.

What does the Schnocker look like

This is a small to just medium-sized dog weighing 16 to 25 pounds and standing 12 to 15 inches tall. She can have floppy ears and long legs and tends to be a slim dog. Her paws though are large and webbed. She has a black nose, brown eyes and a beard. Her coat could be short or long, straight, or wavy and shaggy and coarse or soft. It tends to be longer around the legs, eyebrows, feet, ears and face. Common colors are brown, black, blonde, white, grey and champagne.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Schnocker need to be?

The Schnocker is just a small dog and is only slightly active as a result. She enjoys some play time indoors and with daily trips outside for a walk or two this is enough to keep her healthy and happy. She would love trips to a dog park too where she can run free and make friends. She can run surprisingly quickly for her size so make she is leashed where it is not safe.

Does she train quickly?

Eager to please, clever and happy to spend time with you makes for some easier training. She is sensitive though so should you start to get impatient or cross it will make her more unwilling to work with you. Use treats to motivate and reward her and praise her when she does well. Stay firm and consistent and be patient and positive. Early socialization along with training is a must to develop her social skills and turn her into a dog with confidence and one you can trust.

Living with a Schnocker

How much grooming is needed?

There is a moderate amount of maintenance and grooming to be done when you live with a Schnocker. She sheds a minimal to moderate amount, it can vary from one Schnocker to another. Regular brushing will be needed to maintain a health coat and remove debris and tangles. If you keep the coat longer it will need more care. Only give it a proper bath and shampoo when she is really needing one. Often when a dog is suffering from skin problems or a coat that is less than healthy it can be traced back to bathing too often which has damaged her skin’s natural oils.

Check her ears once a week for infection and wipe them clean using a cleanser and cotton ball. Do not insert anything into the ear. Brush her teeth two to three times a week and make sure her nails are clipped carefully when they get too long.

What is she like with children and other animals?

With socialization she can get on well with children, other dogs and animals but that socialization is key. Younger children should be supervised with her as she is small. She does have a high prey drive so she does like to chase small animals like squirrels. Around other dogs she can be shy and nervous otherwise.

General information

It is important to note that while her size makes her apartment appropriate she does tend to be an occasional to frequent barker so training will be needed to control that. Some bark to alert you of someone approaching but some bark at any little noise. She should be fed ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals. She can be a fussy eater.

Health Concerns

As mentioned cleaning her ears and checking for infection is important as she can be prone to ear infections. There are other health issues she can inherit from either parent such as Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, AIHA, Hypothyroidism, Skin problems, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Allergies and Hip dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Schnocker

A Schnocker puppy can cost between $250 to $500 though exact prices will change according to who you buy from and where you are. Initial costs to add to that will cover some essentials like a collar and leash, crate, carrier and food bowls. Along with those are medical needs like shots, deworming, spaying, a physical, blood tests and micro chipping. These come to about $450. Annual medical costs will start at between $460 to $560 and that is just for essentials like annual check ups, shots, flea prevention and pet insurance. Non-medical yearly basics like toys, treats, food, basic training, grooming and license come to between $680 to $780.


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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.