What Is a Schnoodle? Everything You Need To Know

Are you looking for an intelligent little dog that is perfect for any family? Look no further than the Schnoodle. Schnoodles want nothing more than to be with a family that can offer non-stop love and fun.

Schnoodles are bred by mating the Miniature or Standard Schnauzer to the Miniature Poodle. Less common size variations are bred from the Giant Schnauzer, but this is very rare.

This mix is always ready for play – they are especially popular due to their adorable small size and contagious playfulness!

Are you interested in learning more about this tiny spitfire? In this article we will discuss everything you need to about Schnoodles. From their history and origin to their temperament, size and appearance, we cover it all.

What Is A Schnoodle?

Black Schnoodle puppy lying down in the grass.
Schnoodles were bred to be a fun family dog with an irresistibly cute appearance and hypoallergenic coat.

The Schnoodle is a mixed breed dog that is a cross between the Schnauzer and Poodle. These dogs are everything that a dog owner could want. They are very intelligent, playful, loyal, low shedding, and super cute.

Many families choose to adopt this hybrid due to their adorable bear like appearance. Schnoodles were recently ranked #1 on our dogs that look like teddy bears list.

As well as their cute appearance, they have very playful and fun personalities. This dog is extremely popular amongst families with children. They can keep kids busy all day with their high energy and willingness to perform tricks at the drop of a treat!

The Schnoodle is not only popular for its cuteness but for its low-shedding coats as well. Both the Schnauzer and Poodle have low-shedding coats, so this schnauzer poodle mix is also categorized as hypoallergenic, similar to the other “Doodles.”

These dogs were first bred in the 1980s when creating Doodle breeds became popular. In fact, the first Doodle was the Australian Labradoodle that was created by crossing the Poodle and Labrador Retriever.

The first generation of Schnoodles was created by breeding the Standard Schnauzer and Miniature Poodle to each other. The F1 line is 50% Schnauzer and 50% Poodle. This true 50/50 blend is the most unpredictable in appearance and temperament

Second generations are created by breeding two F1 Schnoodles to each other. They are still a 50% mix of poodle and schnauzer. The F2 is low shedding and will typically have loose wavy curls.

The most popular generation is the F1b Schnoodle. The F1b generation is 25% Schnauzer and 75% Poodle and is known as the “teddy bear” line. The F1B generation results in a Schnoodle that is very low shedding and allergy friendly. They will typically have a coat with tight curls.

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Six Things You Didn’t Know

Schnauzer Poodle Mix
This puppy has more Schnauzer in his appearance.
  1. They are considered a hypoallergenic breed because they shed very little. This low shedding coat makes allergic reactions to their dander much less likely. However, canine genetics are very complicated. No breeder can be 100% sure if your puppy will be hypoallergenic or not.
  2. The name Schnoodle is a blend of two German words. The word “Poodle” comes from the German “pudel” meaning to splash about. The name Schnauzer comes from the German “schnauze” meaning muzzle.
  3. There are four different sizes of Schnoodle. Some are very small and weigh under 10 pounds. Others are large and weigh over 80 pounds. Toy and Miniature sizes are far more common and popular.
  4. Their coat needs regular grooming. The fur does not shed much, but it can get very long and matted if not trimmed regularly. They also need their nails trimming and teeth brushing.
  5. Schnoodles can be susceptible to health conditions from both the Schnauzer and the Poodle. Some of these inherited conditions can include: progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, epilepsy, patella luxation, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.
  6. This mix is a very excitable dog. It is common for them to want to jump up onto people and run around the yard with the “zoomies.” These traits can be hard to remove, but with training can be reduced.

What Does A Schnoodle Look Like?

Black Fluffy Schnoodle Puppy
The Schnoodle can have a dark coat and loose curls.

The Schnoodle normally looks like a forever-puppy with a teddy bear like appearance. The majority of Schnoodles will have a curly coat and an athletic body that is perfect for jogging and other sports. Occasionally, some miniature variations have the sleek and fragile body of the Miniature Poodle, but they are still just as cute.

There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to a Schnoodle’s coat color. Normally this hybrid will be one solid color as both parents also tend to have just one color. The most common colors are: black, sable, grey, apricot, and brown.

The most popular coat texture is the soft and curl variety (the F1b line). However, it is possible that they can have the coarse and wiry coat of the Schnauzer.

You will not know the coat texture of your Schnoodle puppy until it is fully-grown. Like with any hybrid, do not put too much hope into a specific appearance. Each mix is 100% unique and cute in their very own way.

Their eyes are normally dark as both the Miniature Poodle and the Schnauzer have black eyes. A Schnoodle’s piercing eyes can easily trick you into giving them a treat or two!

The ears of the Schnoodle are much more unpredictable than the rest of the facial features. Some will have the erect ears of the Schnauzer. Others may have the cute, folded ears of the Miniature Poodle. Or, like Labrador mixes, their ears can be somewhere in between and half-floppy.

The muzzle of this dog is usually broad at the base and slightly narrow at the nose. They have a similar facial structure to the Schnauzer. Some will even have an endearing scissor bite.

Apricot Schnoodle
The tail of a Schnoodle tends to be cute and stubby, just like a Schnauzers.

Toy, Miniature and Standard Sizes Explained

The size of your Schnoodle is going to depend on which combination of parents were used. This is due to the large size variation in the Poodle and the Schnauzer. Both the Poodle and the Schnauzer have three recognized size categories. The Schnauzer is available in mini, standard and giant, while the Poodle is available in toy, mini and standard.

Schnoodles have a wide range of sizes and are available in toy, miniature, standard, and giant. Just like any mixed breed dog, size and weight can be somewhat unpredictable.

Toy6 to 10 pounds10 to 12 inches
Miniature10 to 20 pounds12 to 15 inches
Standard30 to 75 pounds15 to 25 inches
Giant60 and 85 pounds24 and 28 inches

Toy Schnoodles are created by breeding the Toy Poodle to the Miniature Schnauzer. This dog tends to be the most delicate and only weighs 6 to 10 pounds. They also stand a mere 10 to 12 inches tall. The Toy is perfect for anyone who is looking for a pint-sized companion.

The Mini is the next size up from the Toy. This is the most sought-after size variation. Minis are created by breeding the Miniature Poodle to the Miniature Schnauzer.

Miniature Schnoodles are the perfect small dog breed standing at 12 to 15 inches tall. They weigh somewhere between 10 and 20 pounds. This dog is larger than a Chihuahua but smaller than the Beagle. Miniatures are a great choice for anyone living in an apartment or small home.

Next is the Standard. They are created by breeding the Standard Poodle to the Standard Schnauzer. This dog stands around 15 inches tall and can weigh anywhere from 30 to 75 pounds.

The largest of the Schnoodles is the Giant. They are bred from the Standard Poodle and the Giant Schnauzer. These giant dogs will stand between 24 and 28 inches and will weigh between 60 and 85 pounds. The Giant variation is a great match for anyone who loves the teddy bear appearance, but prefers a giant dog.

Is A Schnoodle Hypoallergenic?

This is a very common question that dog lovers have before bringing home any puppy. The answer is yes, Schnoodles are hypoallergenic, but this does not mean you won’t have an allergic reaction. They are just much less likely to aggravate your allergies as they do not shed much.

To put it simply, the less a dog sheds, the fewer chances there are for dander to spread.

Whether or not a Schnoodle may be a good fit for you will depend on how severe your allergies are. Therefore, if your allergies are severe, it is best to spend time with your puppy before bringing them home.

Let us dig a little deeper into hypoallergenic dogs so you can better understand. Let us compare them to a notoriously high shedder, the Husky. When you visit the home of a Husky owner there is hair everywhere. The coat of the Husky is extremely dense, which makes them shed a lot.

The Schnoodle has a very soft, curly and light density coat. This makes them shed less. So, is the Schnoodle more hypoallergenic compared to the Husky? Yes, absolutely! Is this because owners are exposed to less fur with a Schnoodle versus a Husky? No.

Most people who are allergic to dogs are allergic to the dander attached to the fur, not the fur itself. When you have a low shed dog, your exposure to dog dander greatly reduces as it gets trapped in their coat.

Temperament and Personality

Schnoodle Sitting

The Schnoodle is the perfect blend of the playful Schnauzer and the smart Poodle. This breed is known for always being happy and easily makes friends with new people and animals alike. Be ready to have contagious smiles spread throughout your home!

This dog is very high-energy and has a naturally playful personality. If you are having a group of friends over, your Schnoodle will likely try their very best to be the center of attention. With a face as cute as theirs, how could they not be?

Unlike the mini Goldendoodle (another popular Doodle mix), the Schnoodle has a protective nature. When outside they easily makes friends, but in the home they are an effective guard dog. This trait can be traced to their Schnauzer genes, especially if your mix has Giant Schnauzer in them. But since the temperament of the Giant can be more stubborn, it makes them less popular.

Schnoodles can sometimes be described as being too smart for their own good. This breed can become destructive if they are left alone with nothing to do. Make sure to provide them with puzzles and non-destructible toys to avoid this behavior. When left alone and bored, they are more likely to develop separation anxiety too.

One of the joys of adopting a mixed breed dog like the Schnoodle is not knowing their personality in advance. Some may be friendly and have undying loyalty. Others can be clingy and overly affectionate. All of these personalities are perfect in their own way.

Genetics play a factor in your Schnoodle’s temperament. However, genetics are not the only determining factor. Nurturing, training, and socialization are all important for any dog. Make sure to invest time and energy into their training as early as possible. If you do, they will be the dream companion you have always wanted.

Exercise Needs

Standard Schnoodle After A Walk
This dog loves an adventure!

This breed naturally has a whole lot of energy that will need to be burned off on a daily basis. Both the Schnauzer and the Poodle are hunting and retrieving dogs. It should be no surprise that the Schnoodle needs plenty of exercise.

The basic exercise needs of this mix should include at least 60 minutes of walks each day. For standard and larger sizes they will need around 90 minutes per day. Consider taking your dog out for more than just walks. They also love frisbee, hiking, or even running.

Not only is the Schnoodle very energetic and active, they are also smart.

Mental stimulation is very important! In fact, your Schnoodle will greatly enjoy having interactive games and activities that you can both do together. These activities can be as simple as taking a walk in a new area, or as difficult as setting up obstacle courses.

Regardless of the activity, your Schnoodle will want to spend time with you. Make sure you have enough time to devote to your dog.

Destructive behavior is very common for smart dogs who are not being mentally stimulated, especially if they are left home alone for too long. If they are left alone with nothing to do you may come back to ripped couch cushions or tipped over garbage cans.

A happy and well-behaved Schnoodle will have both their mental and physical needs met on a daily basis.

Is A Schnoodle A Good Family Dog?

Cute F1b Schnoodle Poodle Mix
Some Schnoodles have been known chase cats, so consider a different dog if your family already has a cat.

Schnoodles are a great choice for families! They will be popular with everyone from toddlers to seniors, and even with other dogs in the household. Existing dogs will love to have a new fun play mate.

Children will love how long this dog can play for, while the Schnoodle will love having someone around to give them non-stop attention. However, just like with any breed, teaching children how to respect the boundaries of dogs is very important.

From a young age a child should be taught to never get in a dog’s face, never to pull on any part of the dog and not to disturb any dog while eating or sleeping. Most importantly they need to ask permission before trying to pet any dog. Teaching your children these lessons will greatly decrease their chances of accidentally getting nipped.

Socialization of your Schnoodle from a young age will also help to make them friendly towards strangers and young children. The more exposure they have to different people, situations and environments as a puppy, the more comfortable they will be as adults.

Two Schnoodle Puppies
These puppies are both Schnoodles, even though they look very different from one another.


Schnoodles are the perfect combination of two famous dog breeds, the Schnauzer and the Poodle. Their personalities are loving, high-energy, witty, and intelligent.

There are many different sizes and generations of Schnoodle. However, the miniature F1b is in the highest demand, as they are more predictable and smaller. They have that teddy bear appearance and curly coat that many people want.

Other generations of Schnoodles also make great dogs, even the Giant! They are just more unpredictable. Some may have the wiry coat of the Schnauzer, others can have fur as clingy as a Toy Poodle.

Schnoodles are extremely people-oriented dogs; they can get bored if left home alone. If this dog gets bored, they can definitely do some damage to your home, so keeping them busy is very important.

Thinking of bringing one of these adorable teddy bear dogs home? Let us know in the comments below, because with their contagious personalities, they are a true showstopper. They will become the star of the show for everyone in the household, especially children.


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