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Schnoodle: 20 Facts You Didn’t Know

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The Schnoodle has been growing rapidly in popularity, just like his other Doodle cousins. As a dog trainer, I am asked very frequently whether Schnoodles are the right choice for families, how much they shed, how easily they are trainable, whether they have health problems … so here are my answers for all these questions and more!

Schnoodles are a cross between Schnauzers and Poodles. They can either be a first generation mix from two purebred parents (for example a Schnauzer mom and a Poodle dad), or a second, third etc. generation mix from two Schnoodle parents. As a mixed breed, they are currently not registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club).

Let’s dive in and learn everything you need to know about Schnoodles!

#1 Schnoodles come in many sizes

grey poodle mix in the fall

Both the Schnauzer and the Poodle come in different sizes. Schnauzers can range from the Miniature Schnauzer (starting at 12lbs) to the Giant Schnauzer (as heavy as 110lbs). Poodles are as tiny as the Toy Poodle (weighing just 5lbs) or as big as the Standard Poodle (up to 70lbs). The Miniature Poodle’s size is in the middle of the two.

This means that there is a lot of variety in Schnoodles as well! If a Schnoodle’s parents are a Miniature Schnauzer and a Toy Poodle, the Schnoodle might be a tiny one who weighs 10lbs or less. On the other hand, a Giant Schnauzer and a Standard Poodle will produce big puppies who can grow up to be large dogs weighing around 80lbs.

#2 Schnoodles can have any color

black schnoodle on a couch

Schnoodles can have a wide variety of color combinations. Schnauzers are mostly grey or black. Poodles can be white, brown, red, black or have a spotted appearance (called the Parti Poodle). When crossing Schnauzers and Poodles, a lot of color combinations result.

Schnoodles can be solid-colored (such as all white, black, apricot etc.) or spotted in any combination of brown, grey, black and white. The variety in their looks is what makes them unique!

#3 They are a cross from working breeds

Schnoodles look cute and cuddly. Both the Schnauzer and the Poodle however are working breeds. This means that they are no couch potatoes!

brown poodle jumping into the water

Poodles were bred to be water retrievers that go to hunt with their owners. Schnauzers originally were guard and farm dogs. Both breeds show a strong desire to work and be active. They will be destructive if you are not meeting their needs for exercise and training.

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#4 Schnoodles will need a lot of activity

black schnoodle puppy running on grass

Because of their working dog pedigree, Schnoodles will need a considerable amount of exercise and training. I have seen many owners struggle with the energy level of their Schnoodle.

They are not lap dogs and they will need mental and physical activity every day.

If you are looking for a dog that requires little exercise, the Cavachon might be a better fit.

#5 They are not 100% hypoallergenic

One of the main reasons many owners decide for Poodle mixes is their coat. All Doodles are said to be hypoallergenic and non-shedding. This is not completely true.

Schnoodles will shed much less than a double-coated dog. However, they still can shed a bit of hair and dander. If you have a dog allergy, it is crucial to spend some time around Schnoodles to determine if they set off your allergies or not.

#6 They need grooming

Any groomer will tell you that Doodle owners make up a big part of their clientele. Yes – they might not shed, but they need to be brushed and bathed!

Because a Schnoodle’s coat is curly and grows very long, it will tangle and mat if not properly maintained. It tends to catch dirt and burrs and will absolutely require brushing at least twice a week. Depending on how long you keep your Schnoodle’s coat, you might even need to brush him daily.

Many Schnoodle owners decide to let the trimming and bathing be done by a local groomer. Especially for large Schnoodles this makes a lot of sense. Wrangling an 80lbs dog in your bathtub is no joke!

#7 They are extremely smart

grey schnoodle with white nuzzle panting

Both Poodles and Schnauzers are very intelligent dogs. Their offspring, the Schnoodle, is just as clever!

Schnoodles learn tricks rapidly and are great problem solvers. Even a young Schnoodle puppy can learn how to sit, lie down, spin, crawl and shake within just a few days. Dedicated owners are able to teach their Schnoodles over 100 tricks.

Schnoodles can be trained very well with food rewards, because:

#8 They are very food-driven

Most Schnoodles are no picky eaters! They love to eat, especially treats. When you are training them, make sure to use plenty of food rewards to show them how well they are doing. The more you can reinforce correct behavior, the faster they will learn.

Their food drive can also result in unwanted behaviors such as counter surfing. If your Schnoodle has a tendency to steal food, consider using baby gates to block off the access to the kitchen and dining area.

#9 They excel in dog sports

Because of their high energy level and smart mind, Schnoodles are great at many dog sports. You can try out agility, disc dog (frisbee), nosework, rally … your Schnoodle is going to love it all!

While their fluffy coat makes them look like big teddy bears, it actually hides an athletic body underneath! Doodles are extremely agile and great jumpers. Many Schnoodle owners can attend their first competitions after only a few months of training.

#10 They have a good nose

white schnoodle with green collar and tag on a brown leather couch

Like all dogs, Schnoodles have a keen sense of smell. They are often used in Search and Rescue groups and taught to look for missing people.

But also at home the nose comes in handy: You can teach your Schnoodle to go and find toys or treats that you hide for him. Some owners teach their Schnoodles to sniff out their car key, phone or other items they misplace often!

#11 You cannot register them with the AKC

Because Schnoodles are a cross-bredd, you cannot register them as a purebred dog with the AKC. In fact, there currently is no breed registry that accepts Schnoodles to be entered.

This means that if you are looking for a dog to take to conformation shows, you should not decide on the Schnoodle. Breeders also do not have to abide certain regulations that AKC breeders are held to. In order to make sure you get a healthy Schnoodle who will be a great family member for a long time, it is important to make sure you find a responsible breeder.

You need to make sure that your Schnoodle’s parents are free of any health issues, because:

#12 Schnoodles are prone to certain health conditions

Unfortunately, the saying that mutts are healthy does not always old true. Many health conditions in dogs are genetic and if the parents of a crossbreed suffer from these conditions, their offspring is also likely to.

Poodles often experience hip dysplasia, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, thyroid issues and bloat. Schnauzers are prone to hip dysplasia, pancreatitis and kidney stones.

Yes – hip dysplasia is prevalent in both parents’ breeds. The good news is that it is easily diagnosed by taking x rays. If you decide for a Schnoodle puppy, absolutely make sure that your breeder has checked the parent’s hips.

#13 They slow down after their puppy years

While Schnoodles are wild as puppies and young dogs, they often noticeably slow down after their puppy years. At 3-4 years they can become rather laid-back and calm dogs.

For many owners this seems impossible when they are trying to wrangle their highly energetic Schnoodle puppies, but once they enter their adult years they are a lot easier to manage!

Of course, if you are looking for a couch potato dog, do not choose a Schnoodle. Other breeds such as the Chiweenie can be much more suitable.

#14 Schnoodles might need to watch their weight

As mentioned, they love to eat – very much so!

Obesity is a serious condition in dogs that leads to a variety of health troubles. While many owners think that a couple pounds too many on their dogs is a sign of being spoiled – it is not! Especially with food driven dogs such as Schnoodles you may need to closely watch their weight.

Consider feeding them a weight management food or adding low-calorie meals consisting of pumpkin or carrots.

If your Schnoodle is overweight, do not be shy to speak to your vet about it. More than 50% of all US dogs weigh too much. By making sure your dog is at his perfect weight you are setting him up for a long and healthy life!

#15 They are very social

boy kissing a grey schnauzer

Many Schnoodles – like all Doodles – are extremely social dogs. They like to meet and greet other dogs as well as people. Schnoodles are highly playful and often enjoy romping with other dogs even in their adult and senior years.

When training your Schnoodle you want to remember this and make sure that you teach him to focus on you when there are distractions around. Otherwise your dog will easily ignore your cues as soon as something else catches his attention.

The good news is that because Schnoodles are so social:

#16 Reactivity is uncommon

Some dog tend to display breed-specific reactivity. Breeds that are prone to that are for example the King Shepherd, because their ancestors were bred to be guard and lifestock guardian dogs.

While Schnauzers can have guarding tendencies, Poodles are very friendly and docile dogs that rarely show reactivity. If you make sure to expose your Schnoodle puppy to plenty of different people, dogs and situations, he is unlikely to show reactivity later in life.

#17 You can breed F2/F3/F4 … Schnoodles

With any cross, the first generation is called the F1 generation. This would mean a litter of dogs that had a Schauzer parent and a Schnoodle parent. If you now cross two first generation Schnoodles, you will get what’s called the F2 generation. These are the grandchildren of the purebred Schnauzer and Poodle.

While some breeders prefer to breed F1 puppies, others keep on breeding their Schnoodles to other Schnoodles and have F2, F3, F4 etc. offspring.

The further down the line you get, the more set certain trait become. For example: If you breed a tall Poodle to a small Schnauzer, there might be all kinds of sizes in the first litter: from very small to very tall. If you breed a puppy from this F1 generation to another F1 puppy from a different litter, the sizes in this resulting litter should already be more evenly distributed.

As you get to F3, F4, F5 … up to even F10 and beyond, the appearance and traits of the puppies will become as predictive as in a purebred dog.

#18 They love to fetch

schnoodle with tennis ball on grass

Poodles – being water retrievers – bring a love of fetching to the Schnoodle. Many Schnoodle owners report that their dogs will fetch until they pass out!

In my career as a dog trainer I recall one particular client whose Schnoodle, even at 12 years old, would bring a ball to every visitor and request a game of fetch. (And after the first game another … and another one …)

#19 Schnoodles are great cuddlers

brown poodle mix lying on the couch

While I have told you that Schnoodles are active dogs that need exercise – they also do not say no to a good cuddle! Their soft curls make petting and snuggling them extra fun. Even a large Schnoodle will think that he is a great lap dog and curl up with you in a recliner or on the couch.

If you really want to spoil your Schnoodle, try massaging him some time – he will be in heaven!

#20 They are addictive

You cannot just have one! Many Schnoodle owners have several Schnoodles, and when one passes away at old age they get another one. Once you get to know these loyal, sweet and energetic dogs, it is hard to not want multiple!

The Bottom Line

brown schnoodle with red collar

If you are looking for a fun family dog who likes to go an adventures, play with you and learn new tricks, a Schnoodle might just be the right dog for you. Whether you are looking for a small or large one or a specific color – because there is so much variety in the Schnoodle breed, you are sure to find exactly the dog you are looking for.


Another of the top 5 questions has to be: “What kind of personality will my puppy have”? That question is often followed by, “I think I will wait until the litter is 8 weeks old so I can see the personality and select my puppy then”. Next statement is, “I like the puppy to pick me so I will want to play with them and see which puppy keeps coming back to me”.

Do you think of yourself asking these questions? Of course you do. This is common when you are making the big decision of selecting a dog. Here are the answers to the questions.

Even if you are not a parent, you certainly have been around a newborn baby at some point in your life. So we ask you this, “What personality did that newborn baby have”? In all honesty you have to say “NONE”—but you know that as the baby grows its’ developing personality is influenced by environment. Baby finally develops into a child that enters into, and is further influenced by interacting with others at school. It is the same with the puppy. Its personality depends when you arrive on the scene; newborns will just lay there like “blobs”, at 3 weeks they are attempting to wobble to a stand—-same as a baby at 9-12 months of age—

At 4 weeks of age, they are engaging each other during the short waking moments.  At this stage they are learning about their environment and starting to learn about toys.   By 5 weeks of age, they are fully mobile and very interested in what is going on around them.  They are starting to enjoy playing with one another and their toys.  At 6-8 weeks of age, they appear very outgoing and genuinely want to make friends with humans! They are playing, and running around their space with their litter mates.   Sometimes it gets so loud we can’t hear the TV!  THIS IS PERSONALITY at this age. With a litter this age, we are looking for this “inter-reaction”—it is the building block to the next stage of maturity.

We have all too often seen this behavior pattern change in the next week to strongly confident, or evolve into a fabulous easy going playmate for young kids. It always strikes us as funny when a buyer stands looking for the most outgoing pup in a litter—–maybe they read it somewhere or in “human” terms they see this pup as growing to be a real “go getter” as an adult. STOP and think about that——you are looking at a baby in the “appropriate age litter activity” suddenly you see the pup at age 2! You have NOT added in your lifestyle, or your children’s personalities. All that will impact the puppy AND the puppy will adapt to perhaps another dog or a cat in the house, or an elderly family member that lives with you.

FROM A CLIENT Mom reports: “He finally took a little rubber chew toy tonight. Syd gave it to him. She was so excited when I told her “you gave him his first bone!”Then when Tucker took a break, I looked over and saw Syd with it in her mouth! “Syd! THAT is only for Tucker!” She said, “I just start it for him!!!”


Next, we need to address the “coming to play with the puppies thinking”. Many times we have had a client put off when we tell them that we can’t allow their children play on the floor with the puppies and choose the one they want. That only happens in a Disney movie! IN FACT, NOBODY handles the puppies. You arrive here with germs all over you. If everyone who came to look at the puppies was allowed to handle them, not only would it be too much stress, it would be exposing the puppies to the germs from all the places the visitors have been. Think of it this way; when you brought your newborn home from the hospital, did you let all of your friends and neighbors hold the baby? Of course you didn’t. That will be the rule for your new puppy. ONLY family members that share the house with the puppy can handle the puppy UNTIL all the shots are finished at 16 weeks.

YES, Schnoodles go to soccer practice!

This lady wanted a “small” dog. We picked out this one and told her she may mature to a maximum of 8#. It was a good call, you can see by the letter below, she was a bit smaller and so, just perfect for 2 little girls! “Just wanted to give you a quick update on our little Lola….. We just love her! She seemed to have stopped growing for the most part and is a wonderful 6.5 lbs. She walks anywhere from 3 to 6 miles about 5 days a week with me and then could go on to run for a few more hours in the back yard with the kiddos. Her favorite thing is playing with the girls usually fetching her tennis balls or playing tug-o-war and loves to end her day with lots of cuddles on someone’s lap before going to bed in her pen. She has really completed our family and we look forward to many years of happiness and joy with her. Thanks again for giving her such a great start! Here is a cute pic we took this week of her and the kids going to soccer practice”. Sara B, Colorado

FOLLOWING 1 pup from age birth to 9 weeks


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While you are thinking you are missing something, we are watching for signs of “normal” maturing and personality development. We are watching for play and comfort within the litter.

The day one of them discovers he/she can bark is always funny and especially startling to the puppy that did it! He/She will look around as much as to say, “where did that come from”? ALL these things are “normal” puppy behavior but NOT ONE OF THEM suggest personality. So you see, you are not missing out on anything.

You really won’t see the true definition of personality UNTIL you have had the puppy live with you for a month or so. They take on the “personality” of the people they live with and this will be apparent to you. This “family” personality comes with maturity, confidence and living with the new owner.

4 weeks walking around

6 weeks playing within litter

9 week old puppy enjoys playing with toys.  The Puppy loves to play and interact with his/her owner.  

Meet Prozac (owner is a Dr., I love the name!)This pup was selected at birth via photos. Photos make it obvious that there is NO PERSONALITY SHOWING THE FIRST 6 WEEKS OF LIFE. If you are hoping to come when puppy is 8 weeks old, puppies will still be here BUT will be waiting to go to their new homes. Was this what you hoped to come and see before making a decision? If so, THEY ALL REACH THIS FUN STAGE. You may be lucky to find some older puppies available, selection will be limited. You missed picking out of a litter group, watching it grow, through photos just like the Prozac did.

The biggest changes in puppies are from birth to 4 weeks. After that, development proceeds slowly every few weeks. These changes are “size” and more “hair”. We choose to send photos to the new owners at 4 weeks, so the new owner can see the change in their puppy. Your puppy is finally starting to look like a dog! We will send you a few photos and facetime with you so you can see your puppy live.  We will follow up again at 6 weeks of age.  By this time the puppy is active and growing. We are able to answer your questions about how your puppy is developing and maturing.


Of course you want a puppy that will mature to be a family member—many breeds are known to be strongly independent, hyper, and reserved. This doesn’t make them good pets, BUT it is a good idea to KNOW your breed so you can KNOW that your expectations will be met. My Grandmother loved West Highland Terriers. They are a WHITE Scottie dog. She owned hers for 14 years. But the “whole people/loving/companion thing generally is NOT part of the Westie disposition.” Grandmas dog was more like a cat. She would come, want a scratch or even sit with you for a few minutes BUT it was never long and the dog then went down to sit on her bed. Over the years, talking with people who own these dogs, we were told that this is part of the personality of the breed. After the dog died we sent mum (age 91) one of our retired Poodles. Grandma and Poodle are best friends and inseparable. The dog helps with the loneliness. My Grandmother sits every day with the dog curled up beside her. Grandma has often said to me that she never realized a dog “could love you back as much as you loved them”. Of course, that is the nature of the poodle.

WE CROSS the overly loving endurance capable Poodle with the loyal, quiet laid back Schnauzer and we get this incredible puppy! We are TALKING 22 YEARS of the same disposition, puppy after puppy after puppy! Trust me, when we tell you, this is the last thing you need to concern yourself with! This puppy will mold into the environment of the home and the personality of the people living in it.

A LETTER FROM A CLIENT “Greetings Ashlee from the San Francisco Bay Area. Let me start off by saying we love our Schnoodle. I thought it was past time we wrote to thank you for our wonderful family friend and to share some family photos. It’s been three years and we still believe Koda was/is a wonderful addition to our family. What a great first dog he has proven to be for a family with little to no dog experience. Koda interacts with all the family differently. I had no ideas they had such distinct personalities. Koda and I walk every week day morning for 2 miles. He sleeps with Eboni whenever she’s here (she’s in college now and spends half the week days on campus). She claims he’s a bed hog but that’s between them. And then Isaiah and Kenny are the ones he enjoys rough housing with. He loves it when Kenny comes home and truly believes he should be the first one to be greeted and acknowledged. Did I mention that Koda thinks he’s a Rottweiler or a Doberman. No one can park in front of the house or come on the porch without Koda letting us know they are present. It’s quite funny to us, people think we have a guard dog until we open the door.

As you can see we love Koda fluffy, but on occasion we have to take him to the groomers for a cut, I’ve included a photo right after a visit to the groomers. Let see, what else. Oh yeah. He’s about 14 lbs and goes to doggy daycare twice during the week. Koda was easy to train and Isaiah is constantly reassuring him that he’s the “best” dog ever. We love Koda. Well, that’s it for now. Thought you’d like to hear about Koda. I believe he’s very happy, we certainly are”! The Greens, Kenneth, Angie, Eboni, Isaiah and Koda

A favorite saying of ours is, “the pup will take on the personality of the family”. This may seem like a “non-answer” answer but think about it. A puppy going into the home of an active family with kids WILL EVOLVE to be completely different than a littermate going into the home of a retired couple! Schnoodles “melt” into their new life.

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Caring for Schnoodle Puppies

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“Schnoodle” might be a funny word to say, but the pups behind the name are even more happy-go-lucky than even the name suggests. Schnoodle puppies, known for being eternally happy dogs, are a cross hybrid of poodles and schnauzers. Every dog is unique, and schnoodles are particularly diverse because there is so much variety among both schnauzers and poodles. (3)

Characteristics of Poodles and Schnauzers

Poodles are known for their impressive intelligence, fierce loyalty, and affectionate nature. However, they can be rather spirited, requiring a good amount of energy and activity from their human family. The schnauzer is similarly clever and loving. Schnauzers can be highly protective of their humans and behave like mini guard dogs. Physically, poodles are quite diverse in appearance, so your schnoodle puppy’s physique will depend on who his canine parents were. (1, 2) 


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Characteristics of Schnoodles

Schnoodles boast a pleasant combination of the most wonderful traits typically found in poodles and schnauzers, making them very playful, highly devoted, and deeply loving. Physically, many schnoodles are quite small with fuzzy or very wavy fur. However, larger poodle parents will have bigger schnoodle offspring, while miniature poodles will produce tinier schnoodles. Because the size of their poodle and schnauzer parents can vary greatly, the schnoodle’s adult height can range from a mere 10 inches to a reasonably-tall 16 inches. The best way to predict a schnoodle’s full-grown size is to discuss it with their breeder or meet their doggy parents. Allergy sufferers may find that schnoodles cause fewer allergy symptoms than other dogs, but no breed is truly “hypoallergenic.” (3) 

Raising a Schnoodle Puppy 

  1. Schnoodles can live up to 15 years, so if you decide that a schnoodle baby is right for you, be sure that you can commit to at least 15 years of puppy love.
  2. It is important to have your schnoodle puppy trained so that he does not become overly protective or aggressive. A basic puppy obedience class can be extremely helpful in guiding your schnoodles to be obedient and well-behaved. 
  3. Introduce your schnoodle furbaby to plenty of people and dogs so that he learns how to interact with them calmly. 
  4. Teach your schnoodle good manners from the start to make sure he understands that he is not the alpha in your family. Habits, like jumping on people or growling at strangers, will need to be curbed from the get-go to prevent your schnoodle from growing up to be aggressive or rude. 
  5. Be sure to either fence your yard or keep your schoodle puppy on a leash. 
  6. Schnoodles love to play fetch and run around in circles, so be sure to give your little one lots of opportunity to do both.
  7. Protect your schnoodle babe from any frightening or traumatic situations, and maintain a stable and loving environment. 
  8. Schnoodle puppies can go through periods similar to human children, including infancy, toddlerhood, and adolescence. 
  • At five weeks of age, start training her gently or enroll her in an obedience class. 
  • At seven weeks old, socialization becomes increasingly more pertinent. 
  • By twelve weeks old, she is an adolescent, so make sure she knows that she is not the boss of the house. (1, 2, 3)

For more information, check out our Ultimate Guide to Caring For My Schnoodle.


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Schnoodle Facts Get to Know the Teddy Bear with Noodle Hair

Nope, this isn’t a teddy bear! This cutie pie is a Schnoodle, a cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle. The designer pooch was introduced in the early 1980s when dog fanciers began to grow interested in developing Poodle hybrids. The original goal was to create a low-shedding and low-dander all-around pet. At present, the Schnoodle isn’t recognized by The American Kennel Club, but the designer breed has a growing following nonetheless.

Do you want to know more about the Schnoodle? If you are thinking of getting a fur-baby soon, you might want to check out these Schnoodle facts. Besides, this designer pooch is known for adding zest into the lives of his fur-mama and fur-papa. The only thing more fun than saying “Schnoodle” is having one in your life!

cute grey schnoodle in autumn park

What Does a Schnoodle Look Like?

If Santa Claus gives you a box of Schnoodles for Christmas, you will never know how each pup will turn out. Schnoodles can look different from each other even if they are from the same litter. Being a mix of two breeds, he is open to a range of sizes, coat colors, and textures.

Distinctive Features

If there is one physical attribute consistent to Schnoodles, it is the Schnauzer-like muzzle and long facial hair that gives them a “gentleman’s beard” kind of look. Besides, the Schnauzer influence always tends to be more dominant.



You won’t always find an eensy-weensy Schnoodle. This designer pooch has a significant variance in terms of size, which is attributed to the fact that both its parent breeds come in multiple sizes. The Schnauzer comes in Miniature, Standard, and Giant. Whereas, the Poodle comes in Toy, Miniature, and Standard.

Mating a Miniature Schnauzer with a Toy Poodle creates an itty-bitty Schnoodle. Meanwhile, crossbreeding a Miniature Schnauzer with a Miniature Poodle will lead to a Miniature Schnoodle. If you want a chunkier teddy bear, the breeder should mate a Giant Schnauzer (dam) and a Standard Poodle(sire). Mating a smaller female with a larger male will lead to a life-threatening delivery otherwise.

Avg. height:

  • Toy Schnoodles: 25.4 - 30.48 cm (male), 25.4 - 30.48 cm (female)
  • Miniature Schnoodles: 30.48 - 38.10 (male), 30.48 - 38.10 cm (female)
  • Standard Schnoodles: 38.10 - 66.04 cm (male), 38.10 - 66.04 cm (female)

Avg. weight:

  • Toy Schnoodles: 2.72 - 4.53 kg (male), 2.72 - 4.53 kg (female)
  • Miniature Schnoodles: 5.89 - 9.07 kg (male), 5.89 - 9.07 kg (female)
  • Standard Schnoodles: 9.07 - 34.01 kg (male), 9.07 - 34.01 kg (female)
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Coat and Color

As for their coat, the Schnoodle can either inherit more of the Poodle’s silky noodle-like hair or the Schnauzer’s shaggy double coat. Then there are some fur-babies with coats that are a bit of both.


The most common colors observed in Schnoodles are the following:

  • Apricot
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Black and tan
  • Black and white
  • Grey
  • Sable
  • White
  • Phantom (resembling a Dobermann)

What Is it Like to Have a Pet Schnoodle?

You can’t judge a pup’s personality by its looks. You can guess, but your chances of hitting the right notes are as slim as winning the sweepstakes. The best way to get an inkling of what’s in store for your Schnoodle is to understand the lineage of its parent breeds.


The Poodle is the Charlie Chaplin of the canine universe. Star-quality runs in his blood! His charms and his great sense of humor make him stand out among the crowd. Poodles are also friendly, but since they can be too accepting of strangers, they make the worst watchdogs. Nevertheless, they are revered healing companions.

The Schnauzer, on the other hand, is intelligent, faithful, and independent. Like a knight in furry armor, he will defend his home regardless of his size. His confidence and nimble wits make him an excellent choice for a variety of roles. But as expected of an intelligent canine, he can be a little stubborn at times.

Now, how your little Schnoodle will turn out depends on the genetic luck of the draw. Aside from the genes he inherits, the amount of socialization your fur-baby receives is also a factor that decides his temperament. What he learns from his littermates can affect his behavior as well.


But as a rule of thumb, the Schnoodle is a naughty but lovable pooch. He will spice up your life and give you tons of giggles! This silly boy loves car rides, especially when he is going to a place he likes. Playtime is a Schnoodle’s favorite part of the day! If the mood takes him, he will transform into a tiny canine version of Loki, the King of Mischief.

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Are Schnoodles Good for First-Time Owners?

The Schnoodle is an excellent choice for first-time pet parents because he is genial, adaptable, and eager to please. But there’s a catch! The Schnoodle will wrap you around his paw if he thinks he is brighter than you. Then your bundle of joy might actually turn into a stubborn, spoiled hound. That is why you should train your little Schnoodle the day you bring him home.

Fortunately, a Schnoodle pup can soak up everything you teach him, just like a sponge. With constant training and positive reinforcement, you can prevent or nip negative traits in the bud.

How Do Schnoodles React to Kids?

Schnoodles can be palsy-walsy with small children. These pooches love to play interactive games with them, but they can get a bit boisterous.

Do Schnoodles Get Along with Other Pets?

I don’t think it would be wise to introduce your Schnoodle to a guinea pig or any other pocket pet. These canines are 50% terrier, which means the high prey drive is eminent in their blood. Also, it is best not to keep a cat or any smaller pet that could trigger their need for speed.

Life Span and Health Concerns

Unfortunately, the “Forever Happy Dog” can only live for around 15 years, given that you care for your pooch meticulously. Larger Schnoodles, on the other hand, have a shorter lifespan, and may only live about 10 years max.

The Schnoodle isn’t among the healthiest designer pooches. He is known to suffer from several hereditary health problems, which include the following:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Bloat
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Demyelinating Avium Complex (MAC)
  • Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Sensitive skin and allergies
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Von Willebrand’s disease

Living with a senior Schnoodle means taking on a few more responsibilities. Schnoodles who have reached a ripe old age need extensive care, as their immune system weakens over time.

a small black schnoodle


1. Food

The following is just a rough guide. The breeder will usually hand out a feeding schedule and a dog food recommendation. Sticking to the same routine and dog food may help avoid digestive issues, but it is wise to discuss such matters with your vet to ensure your pooch receives the best nutrition.

Serving Recommendations for a Toy Schnoodle puppy

  • 2 months old: 63g - 78g
  • 3 months old: 71g - 88g
  • 4 to 5 months old: 75g - 92g
  • 6 months old: 68g - 84g
  • 7 months old: 61g - 75g
  • 8 months old: 54g - 66g
  • 9 to 10 months old: 53g - 66g

Serving Recommendations for a Miniature Schnoodle puppy

  • 2 months old: 102g - 135g
  • 3 months old: 118g - 160g
  • 4 months old: 124g - 171g
  • 5 months old: 125g - 174g
  • 6 months old: 124g - 173g
  • 7 months old: 112g - 156g
  • 8 months old: 100g - 138g
  • 9 months old: 89g - 122g
  • 10 months old: 89g - 121g

Serving Recommendations for a Standard Schnoodle puppy

  • 2 months old: 133g - 258g
  • 3 months old: 159g - 312g
  • 4 months old: 171g - 338g
  • 5 months old: 174g - 359g
  • 6 months old: 174g - 381g
  • 8 months old: 137g - 345g
  • 10 months old: 119g - 281g

You can feed a 12-month old puppy adult dog food, but talk to your vet before attempting any changes. As a rough guide, you should feed an adult Schnoodle the following amounts per day:

Serving Recommendations for an Adult Toy Schnoodle

  • Dogs weighing 3 kg: 54g - 62g
  • Dogs weighing 4 kg: 67g - 78g
  • Dogs weighing 4.5 kg: 72g - 84g

Serving Recommendations for an Adult Miniature Schnoodle

  • Dogs weighing 6 kg: 92g - 106g
  • Dogs weighing 7 kg: 103g to 119g
  • Dogs weighing 8 kg: 114g to 132g
  • Dogs weighing 9 kg: 125g to 144g

Serving Recommendations for an Adult Standard Schnoodle

  • Dogs weighing 9 kg: 129g to 176g
  • Dogs weighing 10 kg: 139g to 186g
  • Dogs weighing 20 kg: 233g to 307g
  • Dogs weighing 30 kg: 295g to 382g

Senior Schnoodles need to eat highly digestible food that doesn’t contain additives and preservatives. Whether you choose to feed your pooch raw food or dry kibble, your vet should be able to supply you with a recipe or a prescription-only product that will meet his needs at this crucial stage of his life. If you choose to feed your pooch commercial dog food, watch out for the small print:

  • Protein content should range between 14 – 21% only
  • Fat content should not exceed 10%
  • Fiber content should not exceed 4%
  • Calcium content should range between 0.5 – 0.8% only
  • Phosphorous content should be less than 0.7%
  • Maximum sodium intake should be 0.4%

2. Grooming

Schnoodles sport different coats. One puppy can get a straight, closer-lying coat, while the other flaunts a longer, wavier coat or a combination of both. Thus, the grooming needs for each Schnoodle can vary depending on which of the parent breed the pup has thrown to.

While the Schnoodle doesn’t shed as much as other canines, they aren’t exempted from regular grooming. Brush your Schnoodle’s beautiful locks every two to three days to prevent matting. Also, trim his nails each week using a nail grinder to make sure you don’t end up nicking the quick. Your Schnoodle will need weekly baths and ear cleaning, too. Brushing your pooch’s teeth will optimize dental health, as well.

Regular trips to the groomer should also be observed, although you can do that at home. Another essential matter is the daily washing of your pet’s face. Tear staining is a common problem for Schnoodles.

3. Exercise

Schnoodles, regardless of their size, are playful and energetic dogs. As such, these lively teddy bears need the right amount of activity to keep them out of trouble. Thirty to sixty minutes of playtime or brisk walking is enough to let off steam; lest, they will tear your house down. You should also combine physical exercise with mental games.

While Toy and Miniature Schnoodles can adapt well to apartment living, Standard Schnoodles may need a fenced backyard to thrive and express themselves. Older Schnoodles, however, don’t require the same amount as a younger pooch, but they still need some workout every now and then to maintain muscle mass and prevent weight gain.

Take Away

The fancy Schnoodle is one of the most talked-about designer pooches. Not only because he has a catchy name, but also because the breed itself is magical! He is brave and loyal as the Schnauzer, and at the same time, he is as bubbly and comical as the Poodle. While he usually resembles a bearded gentleman, you can transform him into a cuddly teddy bear with a few snips. Believe me, no one can resist his charms!

But a word of caution: a Schnoodle demands a hefty boodle for food, doggie toiletries, costumes, vet/groomer trips, and whatnot. While this teddy bear has a lot to offer, he is quite sensitive and needs extra tender loving care. So, are you up for the challenge? If you are willing to commit, we are sure that having a Schnoodle will give you the best time of your life!

Further reading:

  1. Daily Mail Online. Willie the schnoodle turns globe-trotter to visit 12 countries in five years
  2. Susanne Saben (Feb 7, 2017) - Schnoodle And Schnoodles: Your Perfect Schnoodle Guide Includes Schnoodle Puppies, Giant Schnoodles, Finding Schnoodle Breeders, Temperament, Miniature Schnoodles, Care, & More!
  3. Alan Kenworthy (May 15, 2015) - Schnoodles - The Owners Guide from Puppy to Old Age - Choosing, Caring for, Grooming, Health, Training and Understanding Your Schnoodle Dog

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