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Poodle / Standard Schnauzer Mix

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Is the Poodle / Standard Schnauzer Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Schnoodle

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Schnoodle is a cross between a pure Schnauzer and a pure Poodle, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. One of the most popular designer cross-breed dogs out there involves pairing a Miniature Schnauzer with a Miniature Poodle for a "right-sized" Schnoodle that will likely fit into a lot of family situations. But there's absolutely nothing wrong and a lot to like about the pairing between the standard sizes of these breeds.

Be aware that the AKC points out that you are never guaranteed a certain personality or look with the Schnoodle. The expected outcome is a happy companion that loves to hang out with family. But it's possible for problems to arise. For example, if you have an extremely rowdy home, a Schnoodle with more of the Poodle's sensitive side might not be as happy as a purebred Schnauzer.

If you're considering a Schnoodle, you should be a fairly chill owner who doesn't mind spending more time on the training if everything doesn't go instantly according to plan. If you're extremely busy and just looking for a hardy mix to toss in the backyard to play with the kids, get to know the dog before you adopt it. A mixed-breed must be approached as an individual-- even if it looks like a so-called designer dog. Some Schnoodles might be perfect for your family, and others might be anything but. Choose wisely.

Appearance / health:
There's a surprising amount of variation in the appearance of the Standard Schnauzer / Standard Poodle version of the Schnoodle. If there's something else in the mix that you don't know about-- like a Toy or a Miniature Poodle-- the dog could grow up smaller than you expect. The coat can vary too. It can be Poodle curly or Schnauzer wiry.

In theory, mixed-breed dogs are less subject to genetic disorders, but the theory isn't always correct. Both Schnauzers and Poodles can be susceptible to a disease called autoimmine thyroiditis, so it's possible that this genetic illness could occur in your Schnoodle.

Behavior / temperament:
Schnoodles are often described as happy, fun-loving companions. However, a mixed-breed dog inherits a mixed bag of personaity traits. Don't assume your Schnoodle will be the ideal pet unless you are willing to devote the time to training it with respect and kindness. This dog expects to become part of the famiy, so don't make it feel left out.

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Poodle / Standard Schnauzer Mix

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