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Caring for a Schnoodle
Average Cost to keep/care for a Schnoodle
Schnoodles are a cross between a pedigree Schnauzer and a pure bred Poodle. Since these charming dogs first appeared on the scene, they have become one of the more popular cross breeds around, both in the UK and elsewhere in the world. Not only do they tend to inherit their parent breeds adorable looks, but they also inherit many of their character traits which means Schnoodles are usually highly intelligent and quick witted dogs that are a pleasure to have around.
Schnoodles have been bred for quite a while because people have always tended to cross Schnauzers with Poodles. However, it's only in the last two decades or so that more people have started to show an interest in owning dogs that are a little out of the ordinary. As such, Schnoodles have become very popular here in the UK and elsewhere in the world, thanks to their charming looks and their kind, loyal and affectionate natures. In short, they make wonderful companions and great family pets.
They are a cross between pedigree Schnauzers and Poodles whether their parent breeds are toy, miniature or standard size dogs. They were first bred during the eighties with an end goal being to produce low shedding dogs that people who suffered from pet allergies would be able to own. Most Schnoodles are first generation dogs which means that puppies from the same litter can look quite different from one another and the same can be said of their personalities.
For the moment, Schnoodles are not recognised by The Kennel Club as a breed, but many local breed clubs have been established both in the UK and other countries with an end goal being to continue to breed and produce healthy Schnoodles whether puppies are first or second generation dogs.
Height at the withers:
Toy Schnoodles: Males 25.4 - 30.48 cm, Females 25.4 - 30.48 cm at the withers
Miniature Schnoodles: Males 30.48 - 38.10 cm, Females 30.48 - 38.10 cm
Standard Schnoodles: Males 38.10 - 66.04 cm, Females 38.10 - 66.04 cm
Toy Schnoodles: Males 2.72 - 4.53 kg, Females 2.72 - 4.53 kg
Miniature Schnoodles: Males 5.89 - 9.07 kg, Females 5.89 - 9.07 kg
Standard Schnoodles: Males 9.07 - 34.01 kg, Females 9.07 - 34.01 kg
Schnoodles can look quite different from each other and this includes puppies from the same litter because it depends on which or the parent breeds a puppy throws to. Some puppies look more like a Poodle and others more like the Schnauzer whereas others can be somewhere in between. However, because both parent breeds are of similar size, whether toy, miniature or standard, puppies tend to be the same size as their parent breeds. Some Schnoodles can have quite curly coats much like the Poodle and other dogs inherit a Schnauzer type coat. Then there are some puppies that have coats that are half way between, being wavy rather than curly.
The one consistent is that Schnoodles usually inherit both parent breeds charmingly shaped heads which are nicely in proportion with the rest of their bodies. Their eyes are round and dark in colour being nicely framed by a dog's profuse eye brows. Their ears are set high on the head and quite wide apart, hanging forwards when dogs are excited or alert, but dropped by a dog's cheeks when relaxed or resting. Some Schnoodles have longer ears than others, but the shape typically remains the same.
Muzzles are short and slightly concave with dogs having large, dark coloured noses which adds to their charming appeal. The hair around a dog's muzzle is often trimmed so it forms charming moustaches and whiskers. The Schnoodle has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones.
They have compact, strong and well-muscled bodies with dogs having moderately long necks and a nice width to their chests. Shoulders are well laid back and front legs straight and strong. Their backs are straight, dropping slightly over a dog's loins and bellies are nicely tucked up which adds to a dog's athletic appearance. Hindquarters are strong with dogs having well-muscled back legs. Their feet are round being compact and well covered in hair with firm pads and strong nails. Tails are set high which dogs carry gaily when excited, but lower when resting or relaxed.
When it comes to their coat, the Schnoodle can either inherit a more Schnauzer type coat which is shorter with close lying hair, or they can inherit a Poodle's curly, tight coat depending on which of the parent breeds they have thrown to. However, some dogs can inherit a bit of both and have wavier rather than straight or curly coats. The most commonly seen colours are as follows:
Schnoodles are known to be happy, fun-loving and intelligent dogs that love nothing more than to be surrounded by their families. They thrive in a home environment and love to be involved in everything that goes on around them. They form strong bonds with their owners and as such, they will naturally protect them which makes them great watch dogs.
However, much as a Schnoodle can differ in looks, so their temperament can differ too, but as a rule of thumb they are loving, affectionate and extremely loyal dogs to have around. It's really important for these dogs to be well socialised from a young age so they grow up to be confident, outgoing mature dogs. Their socialisation has to include introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs once they have been fully vaccinated.
A good way of starting their education in earnest is to enrol dogs into puppy classes where they would get to meet lots of other dogs and people while being trained in a safe and controlled environment. A Schnoodle is never happier than when they know their place in the pack and who they can look to for direction and guidance. If they don't know who is the alpha dog in a household, they may quickly take on the role of a dominant dog which can make them harder to live with and handle. They are a great choice for first time owners because they are so eager and willing to please which means in the right hands and environment, Schnoodles are very easy to train.
The Schnoodle is a very smart dog and a fast learner having inherited their intelligence from both parent breeds. The downside to this is they are just as quick to pick up bad habits as they are the good as such their training has to begin early with puppies being taught the "basics" and boundaries as soon as they arrive in their new homes. Training has to be very consistent and always fair throughout a dog’s life so they know what's expected of them in the home environment.
Schnoodles are never happier than when they are given something to do which is why they are so amenable to learning new things and why they excel at many canine sports which includes activities like flyball, agility and obedience because they thrive on the attention they are given during their training and the one-to-one contact they have with their owners when they are competing.
The key to successfully training a Schnoodle is to make their training as interesting as possible and to avoid too much repetition. It's also a good idea to keep sessions short which helps dogs stay more focussed on what they are being asked to do, bearing in mind that the more intelligent a dog is, the faster they get bored.
They do not answer well to harsh correction or any sort of heavy handed training methods, but they do respond extremely well to positive reinforcement which always brings the best out of these intelligent and quick witted dogs, especially when there are high value rewards involved.
Schnoodles are renowned for being great family pets and love nothing more than to be around children of all ages. They love being the centre of attention and playing interactive games with the kids. However, any interaction between younger children and a dog should be supervised by an adult to make sure playtime does not end up getting too boisterous which could end up with a child being knocked over, albeit by accident.
When well socialised from a young enough age, Schnoodles generally get on well with other dogs they meet and if they have grown up with a family cat in a household, they usually get on well together. However, they would think nothing of chasing off any other cats they encounter because they would see them as fair game. Care has to be taken when they are around any smaller animals and pets just to be on the safe side.
For further advice please read our article on Keeping Children Safe around Dogs.
The average life expectancy of a Schnoodle is between 10 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.
The Schnoodle has been known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues that affect their parent breeds which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these charming and energetic dogs. The conditions that seem to affect the breed the most include the following:
As with any other breed, Schnoodles need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.
The Schnoodle can have a straight, closer lying coat, a longer wavier coat or a short and tight curly coat because it depends on which of the parent breeds a puppy has thrown to. As such the grooming needs of each dog can differ quite a lot, but as a rule of thumb all dogs need to be groomed several times a week on a regular basis to keep things tidy and to prevent any knots or tangles from forming. They also need to be professional groomed several times a year which is usually every 6 to 8 weeks so they can be clipped or trimmed which makes keeping their coats looking good in between visits to the grooming parlour that much easier. The good news is that Schnoodles shed little hair throughout the year.
Because Schnoodles have whiskers and beards, it's important to clean a dog's face after they have eaten to remove any food or debris that might have got stuck in the hair around their muzzles. It's also important to check a dog's ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax is allowed to build up in a dog's ears, it can lead to a painful infection which can be hard to clear up. In short, prevention is often easier than cure with ear infections.
Schnoodles, whatever size are energetic, lively dogs and as such they need the right amount of exercise every day combined with as much mental stimulation as possible to prevent them from getting bored. They need anything from 20 to 60-minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead time as possible. If they are not given the right amount of mental stimulation and exercise every day, a Schnoodle would quickly get bored and could even begin to show some destructive behaviours around the home which is their way of relieving any stress they are feeling and not necessarily because they are being naughty.
A shorter walk in the morning would be fine, but a longer more interesting one in the afternoon is a must with as much off the lead time as possible. These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden so they can really let off steam. However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these lively dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they will soon escape and could get into all sorts of trouble.
With this said, Schnoodle puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing. This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs. Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing serious problems later in their lives.
If you get a Schnoodle puppy from a breeder, they would give you a feeding schedule and it's important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. You can change a puppy's diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don't develop any digestive upsets and if they do, it's best to put them back on their original diet and to discuss things with the vet before attempting to change it again.
Older dogs are not known to be fussy eaters, but this does not mean they can be given a lower quality diet. It's best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it's good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. It's also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight which can lead to all sorts of health issues. Obesity can shorten a dog's life by several years so it's important to keep an eye on their waistline from the word go.
Because Schnoodles are known to suffer from bloat, it is really important for them to be fed twice a day instead of giving a dog one larger meal a day. It's also a good idea to invest in a stand for their feed bowls which makes it easier for dogs to eat comfortably without having to stretch their necks down to reach their food. Dogs should never be exercised just before or just after they have eaten either because this puts them more at risk of suffering from gastric torsion.
If you are looking to buy a Schnoodle, you would need to pay anything from £500 to over £900 for a well-bred pedigree puppy. The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Schnoodle in northern England would be £25.34 a month for basic cover but for a lifetime policy, this would set you back £45.91 a month (quote as of August 2016). When insurance companies calculate a pet's premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog's age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.
When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry making sure it suits the different stages of a dog’s life. This would set you back between £20 - £30 a month. On top of all of this, you need to factor in veterinary costs if you want to share your home with a Schnoodle and this includes their initial vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks, all of which quickly adds up to over £900 a year.
As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Schnoodle would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog, but this does not include the initial cost of buying a well-bred puppy.
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