- SIZE: 2
- GROOMING:: 9
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 7
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 6
- WATCHDOG: 8
- BREED: Schnoodle
- COLOR(S):Black, gray, apricot, brown, or white. May be solid or sable.
A Schnoodle is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Schnauzer and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the the Poodle\'s non-shedding coat. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders.
The Schnoodle is affectionate, loving, and devoted. They do best in a home with older, considerate children or children they have been raised with. They do well with dogs or non-canine pets they have been with since puppyhood. Schnoodle\'s may not tolerate dogs or children they do not know. They do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. Boredom or loneliness will lead to destructive behavior and incessant barking. They are highly suspicious of strangers and make excellent watchdogs.
The Schnoodle requires frequent brushing to prevent matting and tangling and may also require professional clipping. Bathing should be done when necessary. It is important to keep the ears clean to prevent infection.
They may be prone to such health issues as PRA, skin disorders, Von Willebrand\'s Disease, diabetes, ear infection, epilepsy, and heart disease.
The Schnoodle is highly energetic but will do okay in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised and mentally stimulated. Schnoodle\'s are adept at learning tricks and enjoy agility, securely leashed walks, and off-lead play in a fenced yard.
Early socialization and obedience are a must. The Schnoodle may be stubborn and difficult to housebreak. The crate training method works best. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.