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Nicole Cosgrove

The Schnoodle is a mixed or cross breed, the offspring of a Poodle and a Schnauzer. He can be anywhere from small to large as there are three sizes of Poodle and three breeds of Schnauzer which means several breedings can happen. Most often though he is a small to medium size. He has a life span of 10 to 15 years and can be a lap dog, a great family dog, a performance dog or even a therapy dog. He is cheerful, playful and very loyal.

Depending on the size you get you could have a great lap dog all the way up to a great large family dog. He will be protective, dedicated and very affectionate and he will make you smile with his cheerful and playful sides too. He does need a bit of extra grooming care but if you love that distinctive beard look he is worth it.

Here is the Schnoodle at a Glance
Average height 10 to 26 inches
Average weight 60 to 75 pounds
Coat type Medium, fine, dense, wiry
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Low
Brushing Three times a week
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Good
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Moderate
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high.
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Bloat, Addisons, Hypothyroidism, Von Willebrands,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, skin problems
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $450 to $1800
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $500 to $1000

Where does the Schnoodle come from?

The Schnoodle is also known as a designer dog, these are dogs that have been breed deliberately using most often two purebreds. Some are given a name that blends the parents, some are not. Over the last 30 to 40 years more designer dogs have been created, especially in the last 15 years or so. The fact that celebrities have them adds to their popularity with the public. The thing to keep in mind with any designer dog is that despite the breeder’s promises they cannot control or guarantee the best of both purebreds in the puppies. Even in the same litter there are always differences in looks and personality. Another thing to be wary of is who you are buying from as there are a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills that have seen the trend in popularity for these dogs and are there just to make money.

In terms of origins for the Schnoodle not a lot is known as is the case with many designer dogs. He was bred sometime in the 1980s, part of a number of Poodle crosses created then because of their intelligence and low shedding coats. He is not as popular though as some other Poodle crosses. Here is a look at the parents to get a feel for him. Something to know about this mixed dog is that there can be three sizes of Schnoodle as there are three breeds of Schnauzer and three sizes of Poodle.

The Schnauzer

The Schnauzer has his beginnings in the 1400s in Germany. His name means snout or mustache so is named for his distinctive look there. There are three breeds, the giant, standard and miniature. Originally he was the standard size and was bred to guard and be a vermin and rat catcher. Over the years he has also worked with the Red Cross and the Police. Miniature Schnauzers were created more recently, he is less robust and was bred using breeds like the Affenpinscher and the Poodle. He is a companion dog but makes a good watchdog. The Giant Schnauzer was bred in the 1600s using dogs like the Great Dane, German Shepherds and Boxers with the Standard Schnauzer. He was a working dog bred to guard farms and take livestock to market.

Schnauzers are loving and friendly dogs who can be protective and have a lot of energy. He gets along with children if socialized well. He is smart and can be independent so training needs to be firm and consistent. He is loved for his distinctive bearded look but that beard does need taking care of and his coat needs stripping a couple of times a year.

The Poodle

The Poodle comes from Germany where he was bred to go out hunting and retrieving waterfowl. When he came to France they loved his look and refined the breed to their own tastes. Around the 1400s they bred the toy sized Poodle that became a popular companion to the rich. The miniature sized Poodles were used as hunters of truffles, and the standards continued as waterfowl retrievers. Circus performers
adopted him and sculpted his coat into various fanciful shapes. Poodle owners saw this and also adopted this fanciful sculpting.

Today the Poodle is often stereotyped into being snobbish and outlandish in appearance. In fact if he knows you he is anything but. He is affectionate, loving, playful and quite entertaining. He is also intelligent and with his eagerness to please he is easy and quick to train. He does have a fair bit of energy to burn off and he can take a while to accept new people.


The Schnoodle is a clever, active and cheerful and playful dog. He is eager to please and loves to play games and have fun. He wants to be a part of any family activity going on and in fact expects to be at the center of it. He loves to get attention and is affectionate in return. He can be protective of his family and is alert. He can have a strong personality sometimes and he does not like being left alone and can suffer from separation anxiety.

What does the Schnoodle look like

As mentioned there can be a wide range of sizes in Schnoodle going from just 6 pounds all the way up to 75 pounds and standing 10 inches all the way to 26 inches. His coat is usually medium length, wavy and soft if from multigenerational breeding or it could be more curly and dense like a Poodle or more wiry like the Schnauzer’s. Common colors are white, sable, black, tan, silver, apricot and gray. He has the Schnauzer beard too.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Schnoodle need to be?

His exercise needs depends on his size. Smaller Schnoodles just need a short walk each day and some play time. Larger ones need access to a yard and will need more like 30 to 60 minutes a day of brisk walking, a chance to run and some good play time. Trips to the dog park would be great and make sure he has some mental stimulation too. A handy thing to know is he is a fast runner and can jump quite high so keep that in mind for the fencing in the yard.

Does he train quickly?

He is intelligent and eager to please but because he can be independent he is moderately easy to train. This means it will not be slower than most dogs but not faster either. He should be socialized and trained early to make him a well rounded dog. Be firm, consistent and positive with your approach. Reward and praise him and avoid harsh tones, becoming impatient or punishments.

Living with a Schnoodle

How much grooming is needed?

He will need his coat brushed about three times a week and it will need stripping or clipping at least a couple of times a year at a groomers. He is low shedding and considered to be hypoallergenic but always test that by visiting the puppy with the person who had allergies before buying. He should be bathed when he gets really dirty not too often as it dries out the natural oils in his skin. His nails will need clipping when they get too long, his teeth brushed at least twice a week and his ears checked and wiped clean once a week. Additionally he will need his bear taken care of keeping it clean and trimmed.

What is he like with children and other animals?

With early socialization and training he gets on well with children will play with them and is affectionate with them. It also helps when he is raised with them. Teach the children how to approach him especially if he is smaller and more fragile. Supervise younger children especially with the small Schnoodle. He also gets on well with other pets with socialization. With other dogs while he can get along well sometimes you might find he does not want to share any of his toys with them!

General information

He is a good watchdog whatever size you get he is alert and will bark to alert you of an intruder. He may also act to defend you. He barks rarely and needs to be fed 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups of dry dog food split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

Always buy from responsible breeders. This not only stops money going to some disgusting people but also means you have a better chance at getting a healthy dog. Ask to see parental health clearances and visit the puppy at the breeders to see the conditions and well being of the other animals there. Possible health concerns that could be inherited from his parents include Eye problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Bloat, Addisons, Hypothyroidism, Von Willebrands, Hip dysplasia and skin problems.

Costs involved in owning a Schnoodle

Costs of this puppy can depend on demand, location, size and who you buy from. Prices seem to range currently from $450 to $1800. You will also need about $400 to $500 for items like a carrier, crate, collar and leash and neutering and other initial medical needs like deworming, shots, blood tests and chipping. Annual basic medical costs for check ups, flea prevention, pet insurance and vaccinations come to between $460 to $600. Annual basic costs for other things like groomers, training, license, food, toys and treats come to between $500 to $1000.


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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.