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Schnoodle

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Schnoodle puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Schnoodle please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Schnoodle puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Schnoodle puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Schnoodle breed is also commonly known by the names Toy Schnoodles or Miniature Schnoodles.

Lifespan: 10 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Height
Toy: Males 25 – 30 cm; Females 25 – 30 cm
Miniature: Males 30 – 38 cm; Females 30 – 38 cm

Weight
Toy: Males 2 – 4 kg; Females 2 – 4 kg
Miniature: Males 5 – 9 kg; Females 5 – 9 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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medium (6/10)

Exercise

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medium (6/10)

Training

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very easy (10/10)

Shedding

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minimal (1/10)

Grooming

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very high (10/10)

Children

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very good (8/10)

Health

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average (5/10)

Cost to Keep

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average (5/10)

Being Alone

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very short periods (2/10)

Intelligence

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high (10/10)

Introduction

Schnoodles are a cross between a pedigree Schnauzer and a pure-bred Poodle.  Not only do they tend to inherit their parent breeds adorable looks, but they also inherit many of their character traits which means Schnoodles are usually highly intelligent and quick-witted dogs that are a pleasure to have around.

History

Schnoodles have been bred for quite a while because people have always tended to cross Schnauzers with Poodles.  However, it’s only in the last two decades or so that more people have started to show an interest in owning dogs that are a little out of the ordinary.  As such, Schnoodles have become very popular here in the UK, thanks to their charming looks and their kind, loyal and affectionate natures.  In short, they make wonderful companions and great family pets.

They were first bred during the eighties with an end goal being to produce low shedding dogs that people who suffered from pet allergies would be able to own.  Most Schnoodles are first generation dogs which means that puppies from the same litter can look quite different from one another and the same can be said of their personalities.

Appearance

Schnoodles can look quite different from each other and this includes puppies from the same litter because it depends on which or the parent breeds a puppy takes after.  However, because both parent breeds are of comparable size, whether toy, miniature or standard, puppies tend to be the same size as their parent breeds.  Some Schnoodles can have quite curly coats much like the Poodle and other dogs inherit a Schnauzer type coat.  Then there are some puppies that have coats that are half way between, being wavy or wiry rather than curly.

The one consistent is that Schnoodles usually inherit both parent breeds charmingly shaped heads which are nicely in proportion with the rest of their bodies.  Their ears are set high on the head and quite wide apart, hanging forwards when dogs are excited or alert, but dropped by a dog’s cheeks when relaxed or resting.  Some Schnoodles have longer ears than others, but the shape typically remains the same.

Muzzles are short and slightly concave with dogs having large, dark coloured noses which adds to their charming appeal.  The hair around a dog’s muzzle is often trimmed so it forms charming moustaches and whiskers.  The Schnoodle has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones.

They have compact, strong and well-muscled bodies.  Shoulders are well laid back and front legs straight and strong.  Which adds to a dog’s athletic appearance.  Hindquarters are strong with dogs having well-muscled back legs.  Their feet are round being compact and well covered in hair with firm pads and strong nails.  Tails are set high which dogs carry gaily when excited.

When it comes to their coat, the Schnoodle can either inherit a more Schnauzer type coat which is shorter with close lying hair, or they can inherit a Poodle’s curly, tight coat.  The most commonly seen colours are as follows:

Black, Black and tan, Grey, Silver, White, Brown, Apricot, Particoloured

Temperament

Schnoodles are known to be happy, fun-loving and intelligent dogs that love nothing more than to be surrounded by their families.  They form strong bonds with their owners and as such, they will naturally protect them which makes them great watch dogs.

So, their temperament can differ too, but as a rule of thumb they are loving, affectionate and extremely loyal dogs to have around. 

A good way of starting their education in earnest is to enrol dogs into puppy classes where they would get to meet lots of other dogs and people while being trained in a safe and controlled environment.  A Schnoodle is never happier than when they know their place in the pack and who they can look to for direction and guidance.  They are a great choice for first time owners because they are so eager and willing to please which means in the right hands and environment, Schnoodles are very easy to train.

Intelligence / Trainability

The Schnoodle is a very smart dog and a fast learner having inherited their intelligence from both parent breeds.  The downside to this is they are just as quick to pick up bad habits as they are the good as such their training has to begin early with puppies being taught the “basics” and boundaries as soon as they arrive in their new homes. 

Schnoodles are never happier than when they are given something to do which is why they are so amenable to learning new things.

The key to successfully training a Schnoodle is to make their training as interesting as possible and to avoid too much repetition.  It’s also a good idea to keep sessions short which helps dogs stay more focussed on what they are being asked to do.

Children and Other Pets

Schnoodles are renowned for being great family pets and love nothing more than to be around children of all ages.  They love being the centre of attention and playing interactive games with the kids.  However, any interaction between younger children and a dog should be supervised by an adult to make sure playtime does not end up getting too boisterous which could end up with a child being knocked over, albeit by accident.

However, they would think nothing of chasing off any other cats they encounter because they would see them as fair game.  Care has to be taken when they are around any smaller animals and pets just to be on the safe side.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Schnoodle is between 10 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

The Schnoodle has been known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues that affect their parent breeds which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these charming and energetic dogs.

Caring for a Schnoodle

As with any other breed, Schnoodles need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition.  They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy.  On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Grooming

The Schnoodle can have a straight, closer lying coat, a longer wavier coat or a short and tight curly coat.  As such the grooming needs of each dog can differ quite a lot, but as a rule of thumb all dogs need to be groomed twice a week on a regular basis to keep things tidy and to prevent any knots or tangles from forming.  They can be clipped or trimmed which makes keeping their coats looking good.  The good news is that Schnoodles shed little hair throughout the year.

Because Schnoodles have whiskers and beards, it’s important to clean a dog’s face after they have eaten to remove any food or debris that might have gotten stuck in the hair around their muzzles.  It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. 

Exercise

Schnoodles, whatever size are energetic, lively dogs and as such they need the right amount of exercise every day combined with as much mental stimulation as possible to prevent them from getting bored.  They need anything from 20 to 60-minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead time as possible

A shorter walk in the morning would be fine, but a longer more interesting one in the afternoon is necessary with as much off the lead time as possible.  These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden so they can really let off steam. 

Schnoodle puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing.  This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs.  Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing serious problems later in their lives.

Feeding

If you get a Schnoodle puppy from us at Little Rascals we will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets.  You can change a puppy’s diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don’t develop any digestive upsets

Because Schnoodles are known to suffer from bloat, it is really important for them to be fed twice a day instead of giving a dog one larger meal a day.  It’s also a good idea to invest in a stand for their feed bowls which makes it easier for dogs to eat comfortably without having to stretch.  Dogs should never be exercised just before or just after they have eaten either because this puts them more at risk of suffering from gastric torsion.

Average Cost to keep/care for a Schnoodle

If you are looking to buy a Schnoodle, you would need to pay anything from £500 to over £900 for a well-bred puppy.  The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Schnoodle in England would be £25.34 a month for basic cover (quote as of August 2016).  When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry making sure it suits the different stages of a dog’s life.  This would cost between £30 – £40 a month.  On top of all of this, you need to factor in veterinary costs if you want to share your home with a Schnoodle and this includes their initial vaccinations, their annual boosters,

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Schnoodle would be between £60 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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