Schnoodle is a cross between Schnauzer and the Poodle; it developed in the 1980s. It appeared due to the increased interest of people in Poodle mixes. However there are many popular Poodle crosses, it is not as famous as other poodle mixes, but gradually it is expanding its viewers due to its good nature and low grooming requirements.
Temperament, Exercise &Health Problems
This crossbreed has the willingness to please its master; it inherits this trait from its poodle parent. They are naturally playful, fun loving and have high energy level like its Schnauzer parent. These puppies like to be the center of attraction and love to spend quality time with its family. This poodle mix is protective and loyal which makes them an excellent watchdog. They are alert and smart, but they tend to bark excessively sometimes. Some pets also have a bad habit of digging yard and require early training. Teacup Schnoodles perfectly fit into a condo life, but a giant dog needs a house with a yard.
Schnoodles range between non- shedders to low shedders depending on the coat they inherit. It makes grooming easy and brushing their coat once a week is adequate to keep them clean. If it inherits the coat of Schnauzer, it will require a cut several times a year, but if it has a Poodle coat, clipping its coat every six months will be adequate. Bathe them when they are incredibly filthy. Clean their ears with a p-H balanced ear cleaner. Clean its eye regularly with a clean wet cloth to prevent tear stains.
They are energetic and require heavy exercise, followed by a long walk, jog and enough play time. If Schnoodle does not get proper exercise, it might develop destructive behaviors like excessive barking, digging, etc. Owners can play games like Frisbee, flyball, hide &seek, etc; apart from its physical exercise it requires mental stimulation also. Hence providing them with puzzle toys will be an ideal option.
Schnoodle is a healthy breed but it can inherit few diseases from its parents. It might suffer from following problems:
- Legg-calve-Perthes disease
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Gastric torsion
- Addison’s Disease
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Chemical analysis
- Blood Tests
- Internal imaging
- ACTH tests
- Complete Ophthalmological Examination
Regular veterinarian check-ups will keep the dog healthy.
Their pleasing personality makes them easy to train. Obedience and Socialization training from an early age will make them well behaved. Owners can teach them on their own, or can also seek professional help. Positive reinforcements methods will make them learn faster. Visits to Dog’s Park and busy streets will naturally socialize them and avoid boredom.
To keep up with their energy level, homemade food high in protein or high-quality kibbles will be adequate. Serving quantity depends upon the dog size, breaking the meals into two halves will check their digestion and also prevent bloating by making them eat a limited amount.