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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 things he does, even when you’re in a bad mood. He is just adorable!


He is a “Designer Breed,” which is 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 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’ll get!

That’s always the case with mixed-breed dogs. You never know how they are going to turn out.  Even the most experienced Schnoodle Dog Breeders can’t tell you how this little dog will turn out – will he be more like a Miniature Schnauzer or a Poodle?

That’s good…

Because you know that your little Schnoodle will be unique and different from every other dog on the road, the thing about genetics is that they are a mystery to even the most innovative scientists. Nobody can 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 fashionable nowadays, and the Schnoodle is as attractive as possible.

Do you think you should bring the Schnoodle home?

Sure, why wouldn’t you?  After all…

  • If you are a single man or woman, 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 few 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 dull moment when you have a Schnoodle in the house. These little dogs are always up to something, busy, active, and affectionate. You will love having them around.

Could you be sure to get the puppy from reputable Schnoodle Dog Breeders? You can read the rest of this article to learn 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 or designer breed created from two purebred breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer and the Poodle. The Schnauzer and a Poodle have their origins in Germany but have been bred in the United States for over a hundred years.

And it is…

They believed 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.  However, it should be noted that the American Kennel Club does not recognize this Schnauzer Poodle Mix. The AKC does not give designer or mixed-breed dogs the same status as purebred breeds.

Physical Characteristics 

The Schnoodle is generally a small-sized dog, at most 10 to 12 inches at shoulder height. But it is hard to predict how big he is going to be. He will be much more significant if one of his parents is a Standard Schnauzer instead of a Miniature Schnauzer.

Generally, Schnoodles come in three different sizes…

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


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

Their coats…

It 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 when 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.

He is almost always…

Alert and makes for an excellent watchdog. He has a somewhat suspicious nature but is happy to make friends with anyone once he gets to know them.  And you can trust your Schnoodle to be intelligent, bold, and friendly. He will be as aggressive as a Miniature Schnauzer and as close as a Poodle. He is intelligent, quick to learn new things, and straightforward to train. He responds very well to early socialization.

Potential Health Concerns

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

And while…

Many of these conditions may not be life-threatening, but they can become quite expensive, 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 suitable 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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  • 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.



  • Victor December 5, 2020, 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, 2020, 7:49 pm


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



  • 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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