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Schnoodle: Breed Characteristics, Care &
Exercise Needs (Schnauzerdoodle)

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About Schnoodle

Country of Origin, History of Schnoodles

There is no known date or person who started the Schnoodle breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the 1980s that designer dog breeders in North America mixed Schnauzers and Toy Poodles to develop Schnoodles to have an intelligent, affectionate, companion dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Schnoodles became more and more popular.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Schnoodle is a result of crossing a Miniature Schnauzer and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. There are also Standard Schnoodles from breeding a Standard Poodle to a Standard or Giant Schnauzer and their personalities may be different from the Toy or Miniature Schnoodle’s. To better understand the traits of your Schnoodle, research both breeds involved (noting differences in the various sizes of each breed). They may have a strong, squared body like the Schnauzer or a slender body like the Poodle and their fur may be rough like the Schauzer or soft and curly like the Poodle. These non-shedding, hypoallergenic dogs will need to be professionally groomed every 6 to 8 weeks.

The Schnoodle is an intelligent dog who is loyal to his family and loves to do whatever the family is doing. The Toy and Miniature can be kept in an apartment if you take them for walks a couple of times a day or let them run at the dog park a couple of times a week. They are affectionate and energetic.

The Schnoodle trains fairly easily, but can be wilful or even stubborn, so the owner or family must be firm and consistent, using games and positive reinforcement to reward good behavior.


The coat of the Schnoodle can be dense and wiry like the Schnauzer or soft and curly like the Poodle or a combination which could be smooth or wavy, coarse or fine. They come in black, brown, gray, silver, white, red, apricot, black and tan, or parti.


Toy Schnoodle: 6 – 10 pounds
Miniature Schnoodle: 13 – 20 pounds
Standard Schnoodle: 20 – 75 pounds


Toy Schnoodle: 10 – 12 inches
Miniature Schnoodle: 12 – 15 inches
Standard Schnoodle: 15 – 26 inches

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Schnoodle Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The Schnoodle is affectionate, intelligent, and active. He is clever and sometimes strong-willed, so must be redirected and trained early and often with a firm and consistent family or owner. He is alert and protective, barking at strangers and unknown sounds. He loves all people and most pets if socialized early. He loves to play with his toys, his family, and his friends.

Most Schnoodles are lovers who enjoy cuddling, hugs, and kisses. All sizes of the Schnoodle think they are lap dogs! They are so people-oriented that they often do not like to be left alone and can bark for hours or become destructive. Daily mental stimulation and plenty of exercise are requirements for the Schnoodle. They make great therapy dogs.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

Schnoodles are indoor dogs, but need room to run in a fenced yard. When they are out of their fenced yard, they should always be on a leash.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Schnoodles are great with kids. Even the Toy Schoodle is a sturdy dog, so all sizes will love playing with kids and being cuddled by all family members.


May be a barker if bored or insecure or not trained well. They should be socialized early and consistently so they don’t develop shyness around people. Housetraining should be fairly easy. They will need a family that is firm and consistent in training or they will take over and play one person against another, getting into trouble with various family members.

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Schnoodle Activity Level

How active is the breed?

They love to play and run. If they have a fenced yard for running and playing, they will be happy, but a daily walk on leash will help with socialization and satisfying their curiosity about the world around them. They have plenty of energy for agility or flyball or going for a five-mile run with you. They also need mental stimulation.


The Schnoodle must be professionally clipped every 6 – 8 weeks since they do not shed. If your dog is cut in the traditional Schnauzer cut and has a male beard, keep it cleaned daily. Their nails should be clipped every 3 – 4 weeks. Brush them weekly and check their ears. Brush their teeth at least 3 times a week. A bath or two each month will be necessary to keep the coat in good condition.

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Health and Care

While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. There are cases of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully.

All breeding dogs should have their hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it is advised that all breeders should test their breeding stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will be able to produce the results in writing.

Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. . Because these dogs are (as a general rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs: none known

Other Recognition:

ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
CKC = Continental Kennel Club
DBR = Designer Breed Registry
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®

Group: Mixed Breed Dog.

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.

Also Known As: Schnauzerdoodle, Schnauzerpoo, Mini Schnoodle, Miniature Schnoodle, Toy Schnoodle, Standard Schnoodle

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