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Schnoodle Dog Breed Information

General Information:

Average Height: 12-24 in
Average Weight: 15-75 lbs
Average Life Span: 10-15 yrs
Coloring: Single and bi-colored; black, grey, white, apricot, brown, black and white, black and tan
Area of Origin: United States
Similar Breeds: Schnauzer (Miniature/Standard/Giant), Poodle (Toy/Standard), other Terrier/Poodle crosses

History and Origin:

Developed in the 1980’s as a “designer dog” when poodle cross interest was beginning to rise, the Schnoodle was bred to provide a loving family companion for people who suffered from allergies. Perhaps the most diverse of all designer dog breeds, the Schnoodle varies in size and appearance greatly as both the Poodle and the Schnauzer each have small, medium, and large varieties, with influences from different breeds for each size.  Because of those variations in the sizes of it’s parents, the Schnoodle can range from very small (Toy Poodle/Miniature Schnauzer) to quite large (Standard Poodle/Giant Schnauzer).  Truly, buying a Schnoodle puppy is an adventure; as it can difficult to predict what it will grow up to be!

Personality and Temperament:

The Schnoodle is an ideal companion, typically possessing the fantastic qualities of both parents. It is loving, active, loyal, and kind; it is extremely intelligent and can be quite the clown. It usually makes a great watch-dog, inheriting the protective nature of the Schnauzer.  It also can inherit the timidity of the Poodle, but with proper training and socialization, a Schnoodle will grow up to be a friendly and active member of the family.

Exercise & Training:

Both the Schnauzer and Poodle breeds enjoy exercise; a daily walk (15-60 minutes) with play time is necessary to keep the Schnoodle happy and healthy. The Schnoodle typically excels in activities such as agility and obedience trials. Depending on its size, it can adjust well to apartment living, but a yard for it to burn excess energy is ideal. Exceptionally intelligent, the Schnoodle picks up on commands quickly, and yearns for mental stimulation. An active, varied training program will produce a well-rounded dog that will continuously show off its quick wit.


The Schnoodle’’s coat is typically a combination of the Schnauzer’s and Poodle’s; curly yet coarse, it is easiest to keep it clipped at a manageable length to avoid matting. A visit to a professional groomer three or four times a year will keep the coat clean and healthy; daily brushing to avoid tangles is also ideal. The Schnoodle is possible candidate for those who suffer from allergies, as it is typically a non-shedder with low dander.

Similar Breeds:

The Schnoodle inherits many admirable traits from its parent breeds, the Schnauzer and the Poodle. As a Terrier/Poodle cross, it tends to be similar in both appearance and personality to other similar crosses, such as the Westiepoo or the Yorkie Poo.

Interesting Facts about the Schnoodle:

1. The Schnoodle is not recognized by official breed clubs such as the American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club. However, it can be registered in a variety of hybrid dog breed clubs, such as the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Continental Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.

2. Schnoodles are often said to have the companionship of a Schnauzer, but the intellect of a Poodle, which their owners believe make them an ideal dog.

3. Actress Claire Danes owns a black Schnoodle named WeeGee!

Additional Resources for the Schnoodle:

Dogtime: Schnoodle Breed Information
Dog Breed Info Center: Schnoodle Info
Love to Know Dogs: Meet the Schnoodle

Breed Information Schnoodle

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