I am looking at various breeds/mixed breeds that would be good for our family (Navy husband, full-time employed and online classes mom, 1 yr old, 3 yr old, no other pets, large house, large yard but no fence yet). The Miniature Schnauzer and the Schnoodle has caught my attention. Any advice welcome re whether these dogs would be good for our situation. Thanks.
Both dogs are great. I personally own a Schnoodle as I simply liked their look more than a Schnauzer (even though I already LOVE the look of a schnauzer). Some Schnoodles are also low shed when taking after the Poodle that is bred into them. I have a 3 y/o and a 11 y/o and couldn't be happier with the temperament of this particular dog. I don't see any more pros than cons for one or the other. Both are great dogs, both can be shown in shows (if you decide to go that route) and both can be fully rgistered (if that is important to you). In the end, it will probably just boil down to which one you like better in appearance. Most importantly, be sure to research your breeder and go with the best! Good Luck!
I would go with either Schnauzer or Poodle. Both low shed (no dog is no shed) and great with kids. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
Some of you have heard this from me before. I have never had a poodle or a schnauzer (getting schnauzer puppy at the end of this month), but I had a schnoodle that I got in December 2003... he died in a "freak" accident, but he was the best, smartest dog ever!!! We are still mourning over our loss! I got one now that is 1/4 schnauzer and 3/4 poodle. I love him, but prefer the 1/2 and 1/2 mix or it could have been just the dog that I had. I was going to breed my schnauzer that I am getting to my "mostly" poodle so I could have another schnoodle, but after reading everything on this forum, decided it was not the responsible thing to do... and I would never pay what they want for schnoodles on those websites. Check petfinder. com.... there are several schnauzer/poodle mixes in my area. I am thinking about adopting one.
i met my first schnoodle a few weeks ago. i was petsitting for it. very lovely dog, very personable, very good with my nine yr. old son who came with me. also, borderline psychotic with its energy. it wasn't just hyper, it was more like a nervous always gotta do something, don't know what to do 1st, 2nd or last type of energy. very smart little dog too. i have never seen that type of energy with either the schnauzer or the poodle bred purely. but all around was a nice dog.
I would go with the schnauzer or a poodle. Both are GREAT dogs. I wouldn't go with a schnoodle unless you get it from a shelter or rescue because many irrisponible people are breeding them for money, not for health, which you will probably pay 800 for the dog, then the rest on his health problems. The breeders just want to see what this special mix will look like so they breed it. Don't fall into the trap! Go to a shelter or rescue if you just want a pet and look for a friend4life!
I had a poodle & schnauzer when I was young...for a short time...it died tragically...but, it was a smart lil thing.. I have since had a toy poodle and now have schnauzers. I think both breeds are very smart dogs...I trained my schnauzer pup in a day to do each of his tricks...He is only 6 moths old now...And he is a great natured pet...I had a great toy poodle too...not like many I have seen before...mine was not snippy with people as some think...but I dont know if she was the exception to the rule or what...The schnauzers are protective with other animals...so if walking in a park is what you have in mind...you need to socialise right away...dont wait or they will be yappy at the other dogs out. I have mine in obedience and they still cut loose every now and then...I like the coat of both dogs and since both need grooming about the same...there is no deciding factor there...You would do well checking out pet finder...and keep checking a few times a week in surrounding states too...They would have lots to offer...If you decide on purebreds then you can do more research on where to find the one you want. And if you go look...be prepared to have the sweet faces of the first place you go to pull the heart strings...all puppies are cute...take time to look at a few...I hope all goes well...enjoy the decision and the process of making it...you will have many years to have a best friend...
Thanks to all for your replies. I plan only on adopting, not "buying" from breeder, etc. I have checked our local shelter and the Jax FL listings and have located one listing, but they are selling for $150 ... I'll keep looking, plus I guess I should run this by my husband (or wait til he is out at sea - HA HA). Thanks again.
Is $150 too much? How much did you want to spend? Keep in mind you can get a purebred Schnauzer or Poodle that have equally as many issues as a mixed. Some say mixed breeds have less medical problems. I tend not to believe in absolutes so I don't have an answer. Buyer Beware!
I hadn't really thought about how much I would spend ... if I happen to find one in a shelter I will have to spend some for their costs, I am not to that point yet, I just found this wesite and thought I would get some info. NOw that I have found you all, I am hooked and I HAVE to get a doggie now ... guess I have to talk to the hubby huh!
OK, I looked at an adorable 12 week old Schnoodle male today, "Larry" (the three siblings were named Larry, Moe & Curly - believe that!?) He was adorable, I also met both parents, I was very pleased with the whole visit. Now, how do I explain to my husband that I want to get this puppy? I have not told him yet. HELP!
I raise Miniature Schnauzers and my Mother has a schnoodle. I personally prefer the schnauzers. They have been great with my 2 year old. My mom's Schnoodle, Delbert, growls, and moans and groans when my little boy is around. he's never tried to bite though, I actually groomed him up today. He has poodle hair. Very curly, and soft. He's a great dog, and extremely smart. I just prefer schnauzers, they's my fave! If you need anymore info let me know I would be glad to help.
Hello....did you talk it over with your husband yet? It would be best if you did that...Better yet if you could make him think it was HIS idea...you could shoot for the moon then...lol...If you have looked at pups so far what did you come away with? Any thoughts...questions Ideas?
The pup was not from what I consider a "breeder," just a local family whose family pets (AKC Poodle - black, healthy 1 1/2 old, male & purebred Schnauzer female - not registered, 3 yrs old) just had first litter, 3 pups, 2 females, 1 male. They went online and checked out breeder websites and other websites before setting a price to sell the pups, $150. They do plan on learning more and possibly mating the two again, they are also looking to get either an apricot poodle or a white poodle male as they want a light colored Schnoodle. They also have a larger dog - not sure what breed, and a "las apso" (no idea how to spell that) male. They want to get a female and possibly have some of those pups as well. They also have 3 cats. I spent over an hour at their house so I got to see the parents and their temperaments and spend time with the pup. He is very energetic, more like the Schnauzer mom than the much calmer poodle dad. They showed me his vet records, I know the vet where they have been taking the pup, his tail has been nipped or whatever you call it - I am VERY NEW to all of this so please forgive me if I use the wrong terminology - that is why I have all of you as my new friends! I absolutely am going to talk it over with my husband today, I just am an assertive, take control/charge person and sometimes make decisions and tell him later - but I suppose I should not just walk in the door with the dog! My adult daughter works at PetSmart in Atlanta so I can get info, books, food, etc. from her too. (By the way, I enjoyed the conversation string about the right kind of food to use - very informative stuff.) As I said, this is all new to me. I was raised on a farm in TN where your dogs just ran, ate left overs etc. and you didn't think about them much even tho they WERE members of our family. This is much different and much like having a first baby, I want to do it right! Thanks for all your responses and advice!