Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.

Schnoodle – The Complete Guide

Rachel Poli Author
Jul 7 ·

Not only does the Schnoodle look like a teddy bear, but it’s also an intelligent, energetic mixed breed. This hybrid is a Schnauzer Poodle mix. The Schnoodle takes after both of its parents and inherits some awesome traits, allowing them to fit in any home. 

Let’s take a closer look at this lovely mixed dog breed.


Schnoodles will typically have a round, fluffy head similar to their Poodle parent but have a short muzzle like their Schnauzer parent. Of course, genetics will do their job and make it so that your pooch looks more like one parent over the other, or they’ll be a perfect mix. You won’t know until your puppy is a little older. 

Poodles can come in standard, miniature, or toy-sized. Meanwhile, there are miniature, standard, and giant Schanuazers. So, depending on the sizes of their parents, your Schnoodle can end up being one of four sizes: toy, miniature, standard, or giant.

If you have a toy Schnoodle, your pooch may grow to be about ten to 14 inches tall and weigh between four to ten pounds. Miniature Schnoodles can grow to be 14 to 15 inches tall and weigh about ten to twenty pounds. Standard Schnoodles are 15 to 19.5 inches and 35 to sixty pounds. Finally, giant Schnoodles may grow to be about 15 to 27.5 inches and weigh about forty to 85 pounds.

Schnoodles are adaptable so that they can live in any sized home. However, a giant Schnoodle may be too big for an apartment, so you’ll need to consider their size.

A Schnoodle can have silky wavy or straight hair or have soft and curly fur like their Poodle parent. Luckily, their coats have minimal shedding, so this is a great dog breed for people with allergies.

This pooch can have many coat colors since their parent breeds can also have quite a few coat colors. For example, Schnoodles can be:

  • Black
  • Black with white markings
  • Silver
  • Gray and white
  • Tan
  • Tan markings
  • Apricot
  • Sable
  • White
  • Parti-color


There’s a lot to love about the Schnoodle. This pooch is cheerful and will be well suited for any family. However, smaller Schnoodles may be better around young kids. Otherwise, the large size of the giant Schnoodle may be too much if they get too excited.

Regardless of size, this doggo is loyal, protective, and will make an excellent watchdog. You can certainly leave them outside with the kids to play and know the kids will be alright. They’re affectionate and will enjoy lounging beside you on the couch or being in your lap.

This hybrid is eager to please, so they’ll be easy to train. In addition, they’re intelligent, so positive reinforcement and unique ways of training will be fun for them.

While Schnoodles are not aggressive, they may get attached to one person in the family. Then, when that person is gone for long periods of time, your pooch may end up getting separation anxiety. In addition, they’re not too fond of strangers, so that they might be a little wary at first. 

Caring for your Schnoodle

With a proper diet and exercise, your Schnoodle will have a long life. Their average lifespan is about 10 to 18 years, depending on their size, so your pooch can live a happy life with your family for a long time.


Even though this mixed breed doesn’t really shed, you’ll still want to keep up with weekly brushing to keep their coat healthy, clean, and smooth. Brushing their fur at least once a week will be sure to keep any tangles and knots at bay.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to bring your pooch to the professional groomer every four to six weeks. This way, you’ll know their skin and coat is healthy. Plus, you can get their nails regularly trimmed, ears cleaned, and more. 


Your dog’s diet will depend on a few factors. One, their size will weigh in on how much food they need to consume each day. Smaller Schnoodles will need less food each day than giant Schnoodles. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian so the two of you can work together to choose the best meal plan for your doggo.


Luckily, Schnoodles aren’t too energetic, but they can be active. So they won’t need too much exercise. 30 minutes of a walk or jog and playtime will be enough for them each day.

Health problems

Unfortunately, there are some health issues to watch out for. This hybrid is relatively healthy, but some common health concerns may be:

  • Skin problems
  • Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hyperlipidemia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Epilepsy
  • Cataracts
  • Heart or liver disorders

Where to find a Schndoodle

You’ll be able to find this doggo through rescues, shelters, or a reputable breeder. Of course, the availability will depend on the size of the Schnoodle and certain traits they may inherit from their parents.

The best way to get a new puppy for your house is to adopt at a shelter or rescue so that you can give a pooch a forever home. If you decide to go through a breeder, be sure they’re reputable and not a backyard breeder.

How much does a Schnoodle cost?

The cost will vary, depending on the size of the doggo, the availability, and where you get it from. For example, if you buy this hybrid from a breeder, you can expect to spend more than if you decided to get one from a rescue or shelter.

You can expect to spend about $650 to $2,000, but some Schnoodle puppies have been known to cost up to $4,000. This is Butter The Schnoodle…

Should you bring home a Schnoodle?

If your home can fit a giant Schnoodle, or you have a small apartment to fit a toy-sized pooch, the Schnoodle will fit right in. They adore kids and enjoy being around you no matter what you’re doing. In addition, their grooming and exercise needs are low-maintenance, so it’s less worry for you.

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Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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