Species group: Mixed Breeds
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 pairing between a Standard Schnauzer and a Labrador Retriever isn't all that common, but you may occasionally encounter this mix in a rescue.
Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, puppies from the same Schnauzer / Lab Mix litter can look different from each other. Expect a good-sized, energetic animal.
Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, odds are high that the Standard Schnauzer / Labrador Retriever Mix will be a high energy dog who requires lots of physical exercise. Some individuals can be stubborn, so know how to provide positive reinforcement to encourage positive behaviors.
Schnauzer Black Lab Mix
This is my sweet fur baby Henry. He is a schnauzer/black lab mix and is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. We got him in 2007 when he was 4 months old. He looked just like a black lab puppy with long, smooth black hair, but he did have bushy eyebrows and a beard! When he turned a year old his hair started to get more grey and turned into a wired coat. As a puppy, he was pretty well behaved-only those average puppy problems. (Although he did chew a hole in our linoleum floor once!) Here is his sad story of the pound. We lived in WV when we got him, from a pound. My dad was at the pound looking for a dog when he saw this pup and wanted him. However, he learned that the pound was just about to put him down because of a bare spot on his ear they believed to be a disease. My dad argued with them until they finally allowed him to get Henry, and he took to the vet. Well, as it turned out, Henry was totally fine, and the spot on his ear was from a dog bite. So, he has been a very sweet boy. He loooves to be the center of attention, and especially loves his belly rubs. He has rarely ever barked, even when the neighbor's dog is barking it's head off. Now he sometimes barks at random stuff outside, but he is currently 12 as of May, 2019, and his vision is getting worse. He also no longer chases squirrels. He seems pretty healthy, except he does now have many tumors. We have had some tested, but thankfully, they have turned out to not hold any cancer. He sleeps in his cage most times at night, or on the floor. He does not ever play with his toys or try to catch any balls or Frisbees, even when they have a treat in them. He just stands there and watches it land, then, if he's feeling "athletic," he will slowly walk over to it and try to get the treat. He took a while to learn some things, but he learned to sit and hold up his paws (beg) pretty fast. Speaking of begging, he is always trying to get to the table while we're eating, even though we yell at him when he does, and he's even knocked a plate of unfinished food off of the table a few times. To punish him, we normally yell at him depending on how bad it was, and if was real naughty, we yell at him and lock him in his cage for about 5 to 10 minutes. He is the best dog so far we have ever had, and, despite being 12, he often still acts like a puppy. He is the best, sweetest, and cutest doggy ever..
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From Angela Dwyer DVM 579 days ago
My First Dog, a rescue Schnauzer/Lab/mix
One day my fiance decided he wanted to go to the shelter and look at dogs. He was a dedicated dog person and my cats were not giving him the affection he needed. We had just moved to a house with a yard so I decided it was an ok time to accept a dog into our lives. We went to the shelter and were looking for a puppy as to hopefully integrate a dog with the cats better, there she was sweet and adorable. They said she was a 6 month old, poodle/cocker spaniel mix, although it was apparent that she was neither strongly poodle or cocker spaniel. When we got home and all she did was wake up and pee everywhere with no knowledge of how to hold her bladder it was obvious that she was no where near 6 months old and much closer to 3 or 4 months.
Now armed with a better idea of how to proceed housebreaking her we used crate training when we weren't home and at night, and after the stairs completely defeated her it worked out easily to keep her downstairs and the cats could have the upstairs when they were done with her. We didn't have an in fenced yard so she would go out on a lead or for walks. All in all she was a great dog. We found out that when we took her to get her spay she had an umbilical hernia which was easily repaired but other wise she has had very little in terms of health needs. Her hair grows like crazy so she really needs to go to the groomers ever 3-4 months at the longest.
When she was legitimately about 6 months old my fiance left the state and his sister with 2 toddlers moved into my house. Still attempting to train a puppy with a strange family with two babies and myself getting injured was virtually impossible. So she suffered a bit. Her socialization was never great she would bark at other dogs, and was not great on a leash tending to pull. But I didn't have the time or the ability to work with her as extensively as I needed to and the strange family let her have all kinds of bad behaviors like begging for scraps. She was great with the kids though, the little one would use her as a walker, fall on her, hold her hair to help himself up and she just took in all in stride.
We then moved out of state to join the fiance she and I got a bit better at working on leash training and walking. When we would do it regularly she would excel. She had a fenced yard and was even better in the house. She refused to go outside in the rain though. We added a second dog, which she took to well.
So although she can be stubborn, headstrong and has a disturbing love of pizza, all in all, I was really pleased with out mis-represented shelter girl.
Unfortunately when my husband and I split we split the animals as well, I kept my cats, and he got our dogs. I would still go hang out and visit them for a while but I just moved out of state. All in all I am better as a cat person than a dog person because I really have a hard time giving them the time and energy I need for them to be at their best..
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