The schnoodle is a hybrid of a schnauzer (miniature, standard or giant) and a poodle (toy, miniature or standard). They have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years. The aim of crossbreeding is to minimise the genetic diseases that can be present in purebred dogs. First-cross schnoodles will have the maximum genetic benefits associated with a hybrid dog – in other words, a schnoodle with one parent purebred schnauzer and one parent purebred poodle will have less genetic diseases than second or third cross schnoodles.



The schnoodle is a friendly dog with a thick wavy coat that can be rough or soft. When their hair is long, schnoodles tend to grow the characteristic beard of the schnauzer. Being a crossbreed, their appearance can vary significantly from dog to dog.

Size Large
Colour Usually black or dark grey, with or without markings in grey or white.
Coat Length Medium Long
Weight/Height Range Mini – 6-12kg and 35cm, Medium – 20-30kg and 40- 45cm, Standard – 30-45kg and 45-65cm
Ailments Since the schnoodle is a crossbred dog, there are no documented genetic diseases. Allergic skin disease, pancreatitis, hip dysplasia, cataracts, epilepsy, bloat in large dogs.
Breed Classification Known as a group of crossbred dogs called ‘oodles’ or poodle-crosses.

Feeding & Ownership

It is best to feed the schnoodle dry food as this breed is prone to tartar build up on their teeth.

Food Cost More than $20
Other Expenses Whilst feeding is not expensive, it must be remembered, that depending on their coat, this breed need visits to a professional groomer every six weeks, thereby incurring more expense.



The schnoodle is a friendly and very affectionate companion. They are very loyal to their family unit and some can be cautious of new people, making them excellent guard dogs. Schnoodles are energetic, playful and can be mischievous at times. They can adapt to living in a small home or apartment as long as they receive adequate daily exercise. They can be quite vocal and prone to separation anxiety, so early socialisation and training is a must.


Intelligence The schnoodle is an intelligent dog that thrives with regular training. They are quick learners but can be stubborn at times.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children Medium
Tendency to Bark Medium
Overall Exercise Requirement Your schnoodle will love daily walks and regular trips to the dog park. They are happy to fit into the family’s exercise regime.
Suitability as a Guard Dog High
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Other Animal Compatibility High



Schnoodles usually do not shed and are often tolerated by allergic people. Those with shorter coats will not need to be groomed as frequently. Schnoodles with longer coats do take a great deal of care though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. These schnoodles should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks for a clip of your choice. The schnoodles’s ears need frequent cleaning or they may become infected and, daily teeth brushing is recommended or tartar will build up rapidly and lead to gingivitis. The eyes should be cleaned daily to prevent a build-up of eye discharge and tear staining.

Grooming RequirementsMore than once a week
Amount of Hair ShedNone

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