Toy Schnoodles

Toy Schnoodles
Toy Schnoodles and toy schnoodle puppies are characterized by their fluffy head, almond-shaped eyes, a short snout, and a pair of floppy ears which give them a teddy bear like appearance. Toy Schnoodles are perfect for apartment living or for an owner with a low activity level. If you love to have your pup on your lap and easily travel with them then a toy schnoodle is perfect for you.
Toy Schnoodles are used as therapy dogs besides lap dogs. They love long car rides. Schnoodles have a tendency to use their front paws like hands to hold things like toys and food. Most Schnoodles love swimming. Some people believe that Schnoodles are a vulnerable breed , but the fact is, they are quite popular in recent years. Celebrities including Claire Daene, Perez Hilton and Dakota Fanning adore their Schnoodles.
Schnoodles are fully recognized by the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Dog Registry of America (DRA), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), and Continental Kennel Club (CKC).
There are certain characteristics of the Schnoodle that come from one side of their lineage or the other. Getting to know a bit about the parents can help you understand this hybrid breed.
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History of the Schnauzer
Originated in Germany in the early 1500’s and bred to be “rattler” whose job was to keep the vermom off the property back at home and for protection. In the mid-19th century, German dog fanciers began to take an interest in this useful native breed. Crosses were made with gray Wolfspitz and black German Poodle to produce the distinctive pepper and salt and black colors. At this time, the medium-sized dogs were also being crossed with other breeds to develop the Miniature and, later, the Giant Schnauzer. The Standard Schnauzer has never been a popular breed in the USA, which is one reason why most puppies are bred by serious fanciers whose primary goal is the preservation and improvement of the breed.
Miniature Schnauzer
Weighing 10-15 pounds they are the perfect size for outdoor activity. They are high energy dogs and need exercise daily. They are smart and easy to train. Their signature eyebrows and beards give them a very distinct look. They are hardy little dogs, originally bred to be ratters and companions on German farms.
They make excellent companions because they are obedient and quick to learn, extremely devoted, very playful and very affectionate. Their alertness and sometimes vocal nature makes them an excellent watch/alert dog. They delight in chasing (and sometimes catching) small prey; therefore a fenced yard or on-leash walks are recommended.
Miniature Schnauzers are as much at home in the city with a moderate amount of exercise as they are in the country where they appear tireless. They adapt easily to any change of condition or climate. They need to live as a part of their family, going where they go, doing what they do. Sleeping on the bed, or on their own, being near their people is their greatest joy.
Toy Schnauzers:
There are only 3 recognized sizes of Schnauzer. Standard, Giant and Miniature. However when you meet these 8-12 pounds bundles of fur you will be able to see a distinct difference in size from the miniature.
Toy Schnauzers are perfect for an owner with minimal activity level. Their small size makes them easy for travel and perfect for apartment living.
Schnauzer Breed Traits & Characteristics
Affectionate with family 5 Lovey Dovey
Good with youg children 5 Good with children
Good with other dogs 3 Average
Shedding level 3 No shedding
Coat Grooming Frequency 4 Several times per week
Drooling Level 2 Less likely to drool
Coat Type Wiry
Coat Length Medium
Openness to Strangers 3 Everyone is my best friend
Playfulness 4 Non-Stop
Watchdog/Protective Nature 4 Vigilant
Adaptability Level 5 Very Adaptable
Trainability Level 5 Eager to please
Energy Level 3 Energetic
Barking Level 5 Vocal
Mental Stimulation Needs 4 Needs a Job or activity
Poodle Breed Traits and Characteristics
Affectionate with family 5 Lovey Dovey
Good with youg children 5 Good with children
Good with other dogs 3 Average
Shedding level 1 No shedding
Coat Grooming Frequency 4 Several times per week
Drooling Level 1 Less likely to drool
Coat Type Curly
Coat Length Long
Openness to Strangers 5 Everyone is my best friend
Playfulness 5 Non-Stop
Watchdog/Protective Nature 5 Vigilant
Adaptability Level 4 Very Adaptable
Trainability Level 5 Eager to please
Energy Level 4 Energetic
Barking Level 4 Vocal
Mental Stimulation Needs 5 Needs a Job or activity
Schnoodle Coat Patterns & Colors
Poodles come in their own range of colors and coat patterns. AKC recognized colors include Black, Blue, Gray , Silver, Cream, Silver Beige, Red,  Apricot, Brown, Café Au Lait and White. Schnauzers colors recognized in the AKC showring are Black, Black and Silver, and Salt and Pepper. There other colors and colors combinations that do occur naturally in purebred schnauzers too.
Parti  or Piedbald
Parti coats can have any poodle color and the other 50% is white. If it is less than 50% it is called an abstract.
These coats are controlled by the same genes as a Parti but has less white. Tuxedos usually have white chest, bellies and often white socks. Sometimes it will look like their tails is dipped in white paint.
Flecks of color all over the dog is ticking. The ticking will appear to have tiny white holes in the dogs base color.
Phantom is a recessive gene, both parents need to carry the gene for it to be expressed in a pup. It is a combination of Black and Tan or Brown and Tan. The “tan” portion can vary in color to a pale cream, warm brown,  or a reddish brown.
Brindle coats are striped. The size and intensity can vary.
Sable comes in a variety of colors. A sable coat will have black tipped ends to each strand of hair.
This can be any color of coat with a splash of white. Often times it appears as a chest blaze or “socks” on the feet.
Merle genes occur naturally in Australian Shepherds. The patterning is a beautiful, mottled coat which can be accompanied by blue or odd colored eyes. If both parents carry the Merle gene, the pup could be deaf, blind or have ocular defects. Responsible breeders health test dogs so breeding a double merle, with disastrous results will not happen.
This is a pattern that will produce heavily mottled white areas. This is to be confused with ticking, ticking is spots of color on white. Roan coats are never present in purebred poodles.
Some of these coat pattens can occur together. Such as a Brindle Parti Poodle or a Sable Parti or a Merle Parti.
Toy Schnoodle Health and Toy Schnoodle Lifespan
Most Toy Schnoodles will live a long and healthy life. Standard poodles, miniature poodles and toy poodles, have life spans ranging from 10-18 years of life. Schanuzers range form 12-15 years. It is important that your breeder tests for hereditary genetic conditions. Some frequent Toy Schnoodle health issues are:
* Hip Dysplasia
* Eye Disorders
* Idiopathic epilepsy
* Sebaceous adenitis (Standard)
* von Willebrand’s Disease
* Legg-Calve-Perthes  (Toy & Miniatures)
* Luxating Patellas  (Toy & Miniatures)
* Gastric dilation with volvulus (bloat)
Toy Schnoodle Exercise
Toy Schnoodles are active dogs who need daily exercise. Whether that is going for a walk or a marathon session of catch in your backyard, the need a venue to unleash that energy in a positively. They also love to swim, since they were bred to hunt water fowl. The Australian Shepherd in this breed will want to herd you, your children, other pets.
Toy Schnoodle Training
Toy Schnoodles are highly intelligent and eager to please. This makes training a bit easier than other breeds. They enjoy canine sports such as agility training, obedience or tracking and dock diving.
Toy Schnoodle Potty Training
Toy Schnoolde puppies are easy to potty train.  Toy Schnoodles puppies from  Show Me Doodles will arrive Potty Pad & Crate Conditioned. We use both washable and disposable potty pads. By 8 weeks and 4 days, when they are ready to come home, they will be using potty pads only. We confine the pups in a puppy play pen. We will open the pen and let them walk to the door to go outside and potty (only after their 1st vaccination and only in our backyards.) They then come inside and play. Potty pads are available to them in designated areas, however, by this time they only need the pad that is in their pen for overnight.