A Schnoodle is a small domestic dog. It is a cross between a Poodle and a Schnauzer, and Schnoodle is a portmanteau word combining the two breed names.
Poodles come in four sizes, Standard, Medium, Miniature and Toy, or three sizes, Standard, Miniature and Toy, depending on where they are registered. Schnauzers, come in three sizes, Standard Schnauzer (the original), Giant, and Miniature. The Schnoodle is usually a cross of the smaller sizes. 7 – 16 pounds is typically the size implied when an owner speaks of a Schnoodle, but a puppy buyer must visit the breeder’s kennel and see the parents to get an idea of the adult size of their Schnoodle.
A Schnoodle puppy can take on the coat characteristics of either breed, such as developing the rough and coarse/wiry hair of the Schnauzer, the softer hair of the Poodle, or any intermediary coat. Some schnoodles develop coarser Schnauzer-like hair on certain parts of the body (most notably the back) with other softer Poodle-like areas. When the Schnauzer is the dominate breed, the fur will have less of the curl from the poodle fur. The beard will also be more noticeable (poodles also have a beard but it is usually shaved off.) Schnoodle colors include black, white, brown, grey and apricot. Multi-colored dogs can include “phantom,” which takes on the coloring of a doberman, black & white, sable or parti. Seeing the parents will give an idea of the colors to expect.
The schnoodle mixes the intellect of the Poodle with the companionship and devotion of the Schnauzer. Schnoodles are very astute. If treated kindly in puppy hood, schnoodles will make loving companions. They may, for example, react very strongly when the owner simply glances to the floor for his or her shoes, or the sound of the clanking of car keys; the dog knows that this can be a precursor to the owner leaving the home on some errand. This intelligence (which can range from introspective and analytical, to raw and instinctual depending on the specific dog), coupled with the terrier desire to please the owner, makes most schnoodles easily trainable. The vocabulary of a schnoodle is quite impressive, considering they are able to pick up phrases, such as “go get your toy” with ease. Their high intelligence can also assist in participating in dog sports such as agility and obedience. While mischievous, schnoodles are fun-loving, energetic dogs.
At Deep Run Kennel we love Poodle mixes. We breed Schnoodles ( Miniature Schnauzer- Toy Poodle mix) Our Schnoodles will be dark in color, black and Salt and Pepper. They will reach 18 lbs at maturity. See pictures below of full grown puppies that were born at Deep Run Kennel and have been placed in loving homes.