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Schnoodle Dog Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

They call him the Teddy Bear Dog!

You can see why – the Schnoodle is one of the most adorable little dogs you will see. He is an intelligent dog, alert and a bit of a joker. You can’t help laughing at some of the things he does, even when you’re in a bad mood. He is just adorable!


He is a “Designer Breed” which is just another way of saying that the Schnoodle Dog Breed is a cross between a Poodle and a Miniature Schnauzer. This Schnauzer Poodle Mix has the best characteristics of both the Schnauzer and the Poodle, but it’s hard to tell which side dominates.

To paraphrase Forrest Gump’s Mom

…The Schnoodle is a box of surprises, you never know what you’re gonna get!

That’s always the case with mixed-breed dogs. You never know how they are going to turn out.


The most experienced Schnoodle Dog Breeders can’t tell you how this little dog is going to turn out to be – is he going to be more like a Miniature Schnauzer or a Poodle.

That’s good, actually…

Because you know that your little Schnoodle will turn out to be unique, different from every other dog on the road. The thing about genetics is that they are a mystery to even the smartest scientists. Nobody can really tell how genes are going to play out.

He is also

…A bit of a celeb. This Teddy Bear Dog has been featured in many TV shows, computer games and internet programs such as It’s a Dog’s Life. Cute puppies are in fashion these days and the Schnoodle is as cute as it gets.

So should you bring the Schnoodle home?

Sure, why wouldn’t you.  After all…

  • If you are a single man or woman, you should definitely bring a Schnoodle puppy home. This little dog is an attention grabber and a guaranteed conversation starter.
  • If you are a parent, why not get a couple of Schnoodle puppies for your kids? They make for perfect playmates for the children and are so adorable.
  • If you’re a senior or an older adult, there won’t be a single boring moment when you have a Schnoodle in the house. These little dogs are always up to something, always busy and active and so affectionate. You will love having them around.

Just be sure to get the puppy from reputable Schnoodle Dog Breeders. Read the rest of this article to find out more about this designer breed.

Schnoodle Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Germany/United States

Original Purpose:  Companion animal

Height: 10 to 12 inches

Weight: 10 to 20 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  “Hybrid” or “Designer” dogs are not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)

Life Span: 13 to 17 years

Origin of the Schnoodle Dog Breed

The Schnoodle is a hybrid dog or a designer breed, created from two purebred breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer and the Poodle. Both the Schnauzer and a Poodle have their origins in Germany but have been bred in the United States for more than a hundred years now.

And it is…

Believed that the Schnoodle was most likely created in the early 1980s, when Poodles were at the height of their popularity. Since the 2000s, this mixed-dog breed has become a bestseller as everyone wants cute puppies these days.


It should be noted that this Schnauzer Poodle Mix is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. The AKC does not give designer breeds or mixed-breed dogs the same status as purebred breeds.

Physical Characteristics of the Schnoodle Dog Breed


The Schnoodle is generally a small-sized dog, not more than 10 to 12 inches at shoulder height. But it is hard to predict how big he is going to be. If one of his parents is a Standard Schnauzer instead of a Miniature Schnauzer, he is going to be much bigger.

Generally, Schnoodles come in three different sizes…

  • Toy Schnoodles; which are most common, weigh 6 to 10 pounds and are 10 to 12 inches in height.
  • Miniature Schnoodles; weigh 13 to 20 pounds, and are 12 to 15 inches in height.
  • Standard Schnoodles; weigh 20 to 75 pounds and are 15 to 26 inches in height.


Schnoodles have thick beards which require a lot of trimming. They can have a soft, wavy type of coat like a Poodle or a rough, wiry type of coat like a Schnauzer. They are not the sort of dogs that shed a lot.

Their coats…

Can come in different colors such as black and white, black and tan, brown, white, black, gray, silver, parti-color, apricot and sable. This toy dog’s tail is docked by the time he is 1 or 2 years old.

Personality and Temperament

The Schnoodle is always a happy and cheerful dog, always running around, and having fun. He never gets bored and looks for ways to keep himself busy. He is a loyal dog, very affectionate and loves his human family more than anything in the world.

He is almost always…

Alert and makes for an excellent watchdog. He does have somewhat of a suspicious nature, but is happy to make friends with anyone once he gets to know them.


You can trust your Schnoodle to be intelligent, bold and friendly. He will be as bold as a Miniature Schnauzer and as friendly as a Poodle. He is smart, quick to learn new things and remarkably easy to train. He responds very well to early socialization.

Health Problems

The Schnoodle is a small dog or a toy dog, and like all small breeds, he has a very good life expectancy of 13 to 17 years. But even this mixed-breed dog is vulnerable to certain health problems such as…

And while…

Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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  • Victor December 5, 2019, 4:23 pm

    Umm actually I have a Schnoodle and she’s always crazy and when she’s smiling she looks like a vampire.

    • indulgeyourpet December 5, 2019, 7:49 pm


      She sounds awesome, send us a photo if you can!



  • Howard B October 6, 2020, 5:32 am

    We rescued our Schnoodle (Lola) in January. She is the best thing to happen to us in 2020. Smart, loving and adorable. Or only issue is she is a barker and we have tried tirelessly to break her of the habit especially when she sees other dogs outside. She is dog friendly but most people see her barking and jumping and walk the other way. Any suggestions on how to break this habit. She’s between 2-3 years old

    • indulgeyourpet October 6, 2020, 8:35 am


      That’s a tough one, particulaly if this behavior is well established. Our advice would be to increase the social interaction that your pet gets with others (human and non-human) so that the “novelty” of seeing others becomes lessened and then aggressively apply POSITIVE reinforcement each and every time Lola doesn’t overreact when she sees others.

      You’ll probably have to start rewarding her once she initially begins reacting right away to get her to stop, then set the expectation that she will only get a reward (treat or attention) when she doesn’t bark and go crazy. Hopefully, over time this will help.



  • chloe November 7, 2021, 8:39 pm

    my schnoodle is the sweetest dog ever. when the personality of a schnoodle was revealed, it perfectly matched her’s!!

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