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Do you know what a schnoodle is? Neither more nor less than the result of crossing the schnauzer and the poodle. Whatever its size, the schnoodle is a friendly, intelligent dog, does not molt often and likes people. In this article from ‘ Pets Feed ‘, we talk about the characteristics of the schnoodle dog, its origin, its care and its possible health problems.
The schnoodle has characteristics as relevant as being considered one of the most suitable dogs for allergies, since it is considered a real hypoallergenic dog. Do you want to know more about it? Read on and find out all about the schnoodle.
Origin of Schnoodle
The schnoodle is a hybrid dog resulting from the crossing of dogs of schnauzer breed with standard poodles. This hybrid breed has an unknown origin, that is, it is not known exactly in which year the first specimens of schnoodle were born. What is known is that, like the other hybrid breeds, the schnoodle is not recognized as an independent breed by international cynological entities, being considered as the crossing of two established breeds.
Physical characteristics of Schnoodle
There are five types of schnoodle, which differ according to their weight and size, features that vary depending on the size of the parents:
- Giant schnoodle: with an average weight of 30 to 32 kilograms and a height at the cross of up to 66 centimeters. Normally, the original cross occurs between a giant schnauzer and a standard poodle.
- Standard Schnoodle: has a weight between 20 and 30 kilograms and a height of about 50 to 66 centimeters up to the cross. This is the result of the cross produced between a standard schnauzer and a standard poodle.
- Medium schnoodle: it weighs between 12 and 20 kilograms, its height being between 40 and 50 centimeters at the cross. They are the most common and come from the cross between medium schnauzers and small poodles.
- Miniature Schnoodle: weighs between 6 and 12 kilograms, having a height at the cross of between 30 and 40 centimeters.
- Toy Schnoodle: also called schnoodle tea cup, weighs only 3-6 kilograms, its height being 20 to 30 centimeters. It occurs after crossing a toy poodle with a miniature schnauzer.
After examining the different types that exist, here are the general characteristics of this dog in detail.
Thus, the schnoodle has a compact body, with short limbs and abundant fur. Its tail is long and resembles that of schnauzers. The head is of balanced size and shape and proportionate to the rest of the body. The muzzle is covered with hair, without being too wide or too thin, with a nose that can be gray, brown or black. Their eyes are round and also covered with hair, the ears, medium, are similar to those of poodles, being slightly higher and shorter.
The coat of the schnoodle is abundant and is longer in the area of the face, with eyebrows and beards exemplary like the schnauzer. Its hairs are generally rough and hard, although schnoodle dogs with a softer coat are also born, depending on the type of hair of the parent poodle. Likewise, the hairs of the schnoodle are generally of considerable length, curly or wavy, because on very rare occasions they are born with the smoothest coat.
The most common colors for this hybrid dog are: gray, black, white, brown and gold, as well as the different combinations of colors mentioned.
Character and temperament of the Schnoodle
The schnoodle has an extremely mild temperament. They are incredibly friendly dogs, who do not skimp when it comes to showing affection for those around them. They are very active, so they like to play, jump and run around the clock, something we can use to teach them fun games or agility circuits. We can even play water games with them because they love water.
In addition, they are extremely intelligent, a characteristic they inherit from the poodle. This characteristic, combined with their developed curiosity, makes them excellent learners. They are dogs who will do anything to please those they love, always trying to make others happy, something they perceive in a surprising way, because they are sensitive and very intuitive.
Without a doubt, the temperament of the schnoodle stands out for joining the most positive traits of the parental breeds. However, this does not mean that they cannot develop certain destructive behaviors, as happens precisely with poodles and the schnauzer, if they do not receive the attention they need or an adequate education.
In the case of the schnoodle, each puppy is a world. As with all hybrid breeds, the same “standards” cannot be established as to how dogs of this breed are or how they behave, which is generally done with pure breeds. This is the case with the schnoodle, because, depending on the predominantly genetic parent breed, the characteristics of puppies vary considerably.
Generally speaking, it can be said that schnoodle puppies are active and energetic, which is completely common and normal in most dogs at this stage. Therefore, we must be ready for hours of endless play before our puppy is completely exhausted.
We also highlight the shyness of this breed, so it is essential to make an early socialization of the schnoodle. For this, it is preferable to expose them from a young age to different environments, as well as to different people and animals. This will help him overcome his shyness and be more open.
The schnoodle can present some of the typical conditions in the two parental breeds. However, it has been shown that the diseases that generally affect poodles and the schnauzer, although they can attack the schnoodle, do so in a much smaller proportion, being also less serious in a large part of the cases.
Some of the diseases that Schnoodle suffers the most are those related to the hearing system. This is due to the anatomy of their ears which, combined with their special fur in this area, makes the ears of these dogs very vulnerable to fungal and bacterial infections. Therefore, it is essential to frequently check the ears of the schnoodle, to clean and explore it. We also need to be aware of the symptoms of pain and illness, such as crying, continuous tilting of the head to the side, pain when touched, or even aggression.
It is important to protect our pet from as many diseases as possible. For this, it is best to vaccinate him when he is a puppy and to follow the veterinarian’s recommendations. Likewise, it is important to keep them dewormed both internally and externally.
If we give schnoodle all the care it needs, it is estimated that the life expectancy of schnoodles is between 12 and 15 years.
The schnoodle, as we mentioned, is particularly active, so it should be exercised daily. If this dog does not channel all of the energy in a healthy way, such as playing, walking or running, it can become very restless. This can become a problem, as the schnoodle can suffer from disorders such as anxiety or even display destructive behaviors if a minimum of activity is not maintained.
On the other hand, and continuing the care of the schnoodle, we must offer it a quality meal, adapted to its nutritional and energy needs and in adequate quantity.
As for his coat, he will need at least 3-4 brushes per week, better to do them daily. This is important, because given the characteristics of schnoodle hairs, if they are not brushed, they tend to become tangled and dirty. In addition, we are faced with a dog that does not lose hair, which is why it is a perfect dog for allergy sufferers, it will therefore be necessary to visit the canine hairdresser to remove the accumulated dead hair. Likewise, bathrooms should not be frequent, limited to the circumstances in which they are essential.
Schnoodle has moderate exercise needs that can be done with a good walk once or twice a day, for half to one full hour. He is active and energetic, but not overly hyper, and he can be calm, a relaxed kneeling dog with training and proper mental and physical enrichment.
Education and training
Like his ancestors, the Schnoodle is an intelligent dog that lovse to train. Some Schnoodles have an unearned reputation for strong will. Just provide them with positive reinforcement and consistent training and you will be surprised how much fun it is to work with them. You can find the Schnoodle dog excelling in work and therapy dog sports that testify to their skill and trainability.
Adopting a schnoodle: what to consider and where to do it
If, after meeting these little ones, you have decided to make one of them a part of your family, there are some considerations to take into account. To start with, you need to be very sure that you can cope with the breeding, in case you adopt a puppy, and with the maintenance of the animal before even considering how and when to adopt it. In addition, you have to take into account that an animal feels and suffers and can get sick at the least expected moment. Therefore, you must be ready to take care of him in case of illness, taking the necessary medical measures, even if they are expensive or laborious.
To follow, one must always take into consideration the particular characteristics of the animal to be adopted. In this case, as we have already mentioned, we are faced with an energetic and lively dog breed. This, which is adorable for many, for others can be a disadvantage, so you must consider that these dogs need daily physical activity.
If taking into account all the needs of the schnoodle you decide to adopt one, it is better to go to associations and animal shelters in your area. They can certainly help you find your long-awaited partner.