Schnoodles are so called designer dog breeds, or crossbreeds if you want. They are crosses between Poodles and Schnauzers and even though, those mixes could be there for a long time, it was not until the 1980s when breeders started intentionally cross them together.
Just like with all crossbreeds, the size can vary a lot, but with the Schnoodles, it is even more complicated. It is because both, Poodles and Schnauzers can be found in three different size categories, ranging from the smallest dogs up to medium to large size dogs. But usually, Schnoodles are developed from the smaller Schnauzers and Poodles. It is important to know how the Schnoodle parents looked like, because if you will cross Standard Poodle with Giant Schnauzer, the dog weighs up to 80 pounds, which is 35 kg. On the other hand, the smallest crosses of toy Poodles and Miniature Schnauzers can have only 8 pounds, which is 4 kg. But again, most Schnoodles are usually developed from the smaller dogs.
3) Always happy
Schnoodles are happy dog, and their happy nature is quite contagious and they will definitely make you smile. They are also very cheerful, playful and lively. Thanks to this positive personality, they are often times used as therapy dogs, because they can provide us comfort and release stress.
Most Schnoodles are very loyal, they inherit this personality trait from the Schnauzers, which is extremely loyal breed. They can be sometimes little bit overprotective, which is why early socialization is a must. It is also important to say that Schnoodles like to bark, which can be good, if you are looking for a watchdog, because they will definitely let you know when something suspicious is going on around your home.
It is not on 100% but Schnoodles can be non shedding hypoallergenic dogs, if they inherit the Poodle type of a coat. But even if they inherit the Schnauzers coat, it is nothing terrible and they still shed only a little. It is true that there is no absolutely hypoallergenic dog and you should always try to spend some time with your future dog to see if they trigger your allergies.
Both Poodles and Schnauzers are intelligent breeds, especially the Poodle is ranked as one of the most intelligent dog breed in the world, so its no wonder that the Schnoodle is extremely intelligent as well. They are also eager to please, and if you combine those two temperamental traits together, you will always have higlhy trainable dog.
You can find Schnoodles in many many colors, most commonly in black, gray, silver, brown, white, apricot, sable, black and white, black and tan. Their coat should be clipped and trimmed and the coat should be very soft and wavy, similar to Schnauzers puppy coat.
Schnoodles are energetic and lively dog and if you want them to stay healthy and happy they need regular daily exercise. You should take them on a longer walk every day and they will enjoy good task oriented playtime or training session, which will exercise not only their body, but mind as well. You can also try some dog sport with them, for example agility.
9) Good for novices
Especially the smaller Schnoodles make great dogs for first time or novice dog owners. Thanks to their small size they are easily managable, it is easier to deal with their energy and thanks to their personality, it is not very hard to train and socialize them.
Schnauzers are generally very healthy dogs with good lifespan between 10-15 years. Larger Schnoodles tend to have shorter lifespan than smaller ones. The most common health issues of this breed is progresive retinal atrophy, cataracts, epilepsy, gastric torsion and Addisons disease.