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Schnauzer Poodle Hybrid Dogs

Family: Canidae Schnoodle, Schnauzer Poodle MIxed Dogs"Mollie"Canis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Emily
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About 5 years ago we acquired a small, mix-breed dog from a rescue organization. He was hit by a car, suffered a broken leg, and was abandoned at a vet's office. A... (more)  Ron G.

  Bred since the 1970's, the Schnoodle is a most curious hybrid and is fast becoming a popular pet.

The Schnoodle is a mixed dog breed, usually a cross between a Miniature or Toy Poodle and a Miniature Schnauzer though other size combinations may also be used. Hybrid's temperaments are somewhat unpredictable, but the Schnoodle generally makes a great pet. Both Poodles and Schnauzers are cheerful and companionable, and they are easily trained. When selecting a Schnoodle, look for eye problems and seizure disorders.

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris

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Breed Type

The Schnoodle is a mixed breed. A cross between the Poodle and the Schnauzer, the Schnoodle is fast becoming a popular pet.


Schnoodles have been bred since the 1970s. They are usually the result of a cross between the miniature schnauzer and the miniature or toy poodle, but other size combinations may also be used. Crosses between a Giant Schnauzer and a Standard Poodle are much larger than the traditional hybrids, and are called Giant Schnoodles.


Schnoodles may be black, white, brown, gray, apricot, or multi-colored. Schnoodles may shed lightly, or not at all. The coat may be coarse, soft, or a combination of both. The ears may stand erect or hang down. Schnoodles that are the result of a cross between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Miniature Poodle are usually 10-14 inches tall and weigh 10-20 pounds.

Care and Feeding

Schnoodles need a diet high in protein and minerals to keep their coats looking great. It is generally recommended to trim the Schnoodle's coat every 6 to 8 weeks. Specific grooming requirements vary according to the dog's coat.
Schnoodles need annual checkups to maintain their good health. Vaccinations are administered on the following schedule:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
  • 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
  • 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
  • Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

Some Schnoodles shed very little, and others do not shed at all. Their hair is hypoallergenic, so little added environmental maintenance is necessary.

Housing Your Dog

Schnoodles are best suited to indoor life, but they enjoy playing outside.

Social Behaviors

Schnoodles are usually great with children. They may be aggressive toward other dogs, or they may get along with them just fine. If socialized well when young, they can usually get along with other pets.

Handling and Training

The Schnoodle is intelligent and eager to please, making training a delight. Some make good watchdogs, and some will catch mice.


Schnoodles are rather energetic, so they need plenty of exercise. They love to play off-leash. Daily walks will help keep them happy and healthy.


Most Schnoodle breeders only produce first generation crosses to ensure the best possible health of the dogs. If you choose to breed your Schnoodle, look for a mate that has no family history of eye problems, epilepsy, joint problems, or Von Willebrand's disease.

Common Health Problems

Eye problems and epilepsy are the most common health problems in the Schnoodle. Both of these ailments require veterinary care.


The Schnoodle's popularity has made it fairly easy to find in most areas. Breeders can also be located online. Prices are usually $300 to $700.


Lastest Animal Stories on Schnoodle

Ron G. - 2015-08-18
About 5 years ago we acquired a small, mix-breed dog from a rescue organization. He was hit by a car, suffered a broken leg, and was abandoned at a vet's office. A lot of guesses were made about his genetic make-up, but the consensus is that he is a toy poodle-toy schnauzer mix. He certainly looks exactly like some of the photos I've seen of this mix. He actually gets compliments like'cutest dog ever!' when we walk him. He is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever owned, especially towards other people and their children. He is also very affectionate and energetic, a great 'alarm dog', and loves to play, even at his current age of (an estimated) ten years. Wonderful pet! Big believer in rescues!

Anonymous - 2010-11-29
You forgot the puggle!

  • Editor's Note - 2010-12-15
    Eeeps! I'll get on that right away!
  • Melody Rex - 2011-03-10
    Whatz a puggle?
Char Holland - 2012-05-31
We have 2 schnoodles that are litter mates. They are almost 5 years old and one of them (Shadow) started having seizures at age 2.5. Recently, these have progressed to cluster seizures. I'm looking for any information anyone else may have with this experience. We are looking at medicine to control and/or prevent the seizures rather than costly MRI and other tests.
We love this breed, our schnoodles are 2nd generation mini-schnauzer and poodle mix. They are smart, loving, active and no dander/shedding to bother our allergies.

Charles Brown - 2009-12-07
I grew up the more traditional dog breeds but I have to say our schnoodle is exceptional in every way: fantastic temperment, very affectionate, great with kids, hightly intelligent and great with kids. I can't say enough good things about this breed...