Schnoodle. It's not a German dish with schnitzel and noodles; it's a dog, a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle. Schnoodles are small-to-medium dogs, though actual size depends on their parents' sizes. Like both parent breeds, schnoodles tend to be intelligent, fun-loving, affectionate, loyal and easy to train.
It's impossible to predict exactly which traits a mixed breed dog will inherit from the breeds in his genetic makeup. This is true whether you're talking about appearance, temperament or personality traits. However, with a deliberately cross-bred dog, you can get an idea of what to expect by researching the parent breeds. In this case, consider the miniature schnauzer and the miniature poodle.
The Miniature Schnauzer
Schnauzers come in three size classifications: standard, which is a medium-sized working dog; giant, which is basically a standard schnauzer that has been bred to be slightly larger and stronger; and miniature, which are small enough to fit in a lap. Miniature schnauzers are typically bred with poodles to produce schnoodle puppies. These little guys were originally bred in Germany to be vermin-busting farm dogs. The mini schnauzer has distinctive whiskers that resemble a beard, and a double coat with a downy undercoat and a wiry outer coat that's either black and silver, salt and pepper, or solid black. Their coats require regular clipping, but shedding is minimal. Personalitywise, the miniature schnauzer is intelligent, highly trainable, cheerful and adaptable, and can be equally at home in a small apartment or in the country with a sprawling yard.
The Miniature Poodle
The poodle also has three size categories: standard, miniature and toy. The standard poodle is a large hunting dog, and the toy poodle is small enough to fit in a purse -- don't confuse it with a teacup poodle, which is not an official size or breed but a dog bred from toy runts. The miniature is in between, standing between 10 and 15 inches at the shoulder. Like the schnauzer, the miniature variety of this breed is typically used in breeding schnoodle puppies. The poodle's coat is made of curly hair that sheds very little and has hypoallergenic properties. Poodles come in solid colors, usually white, black, gray or apricot. Their coats, like the schnauzer's, require regular clipping. Poodles are also highly intelligent and trainable.
You can produce larger schnoodles by crossing a standard poodle with a standard or giant schnauzer, but schnoodle breeders typically use the smaller varieties of each parent breed. It's also common for breeders to use multi-generational crosses, which means that the puppy might not be exactly half poodle and half schnauzer. It might instead be 75 percent schnauzer and only 25 percent poodle, or some other combination of percentages. An advantage of such breeding is that certain traits are more likely in certain mixes or breed lineage percentages.
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