The Schnoodle is a technically a “mixed breed” dog, the result of the crossing of a Schnauzer with a Poodle. Both Schnauzers and Poodles come in several sizes, so the size of the Schnoodle can vary, but generally, they are a cross of the smaller size of both breeds.
Like any mixed breed dog, an offspring may inherit the characteristics of either or both of its parents. In this case, both parent dogs are quite intelligent breeds, leading to smart, highly trainable pups who live to please their owners.
Both Schnauzers and Poodles are relatively high-energy dogs, so it stands to reason that the Schnoodle would be as well. Bred to be a companion dog, the adorable Schnoodle makes for a happy, devoted pet.
Though the breed itself does not have any specific heritable conditions, diseases common in the parent breeds are also more prevalent in their crosses, as is the case with the Schnoodle. Hereditary and congenital conditions can adversely affect your dog’s health – as well as your family’s finances. In Schnoodles, those can include heart disease such as mitral valve disease; knee problems such as medial patellar luxation; skeletal problems such as intervertebral disc disease; and respiration problems such as tracheal collapse.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Schnoodle inherits his dad’s bad knees or his mom’s weak heart, you’re covered.