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Toy Schnoodle: Everything You Need to Know About This Adorable Breed

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe

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The Toy Schnoodle is a small, energetic, and affectionate mixed breed that has become increasingly popular as a family pet. This crossbreed combines all the wonderful traits of a Toy Poodle and a Miniature Schnauzer, resulting in a dog that is both intelligent and playful. 

Toy Schnoodles are known for their hypoallergenic coats, making them a great choice for allergic families. Their impressively low-shedding coats still need quality shampoo maintenance, and their delicate necks require swapping traditional collars for harnesses.  They also do great with a spritz of doggy cologne to keep them smelling as good as they look!

Overall, the Toy Schnoodle is a great choice for families looking for a small, intelligent, and affectionate dog. With the help of professional Schnoodle manual books and expert advice, we have compiled the ultimate Toy Schnoodle guide. 

Unlike breeds like Teacup Frenchies and Teacup Poodles, Toy Schnoodles are large enough to be resilient but tiny enough for all the small dog perks. Mini Schnoodles are great options for people who want a slightly larger dog, but you can also get a Standard Schnoodle for a larger family dog and you can even get Giant Schnoodles!

Overall, Toy Schnoodles are a small and friendly designer dog breed that are a cross between a Toy Poodle and a Miniature Schnauzer. They are also known as Miniature Schnoodle or Mini Schnoodle and should not be confused with Miniature Schnoodles or Giant Schnoodles.

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History of the Toy Schnoodle

The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany in the 17th century, where it was bred to be a small farm dog. It was used to catch rats and other vermin, and its small size made it easy to fit into tight spaces. The breed quickly became popular as a family pet because of its loyalty, intelligence, and affectionate nature.

On the other hand, the Toy Poodle has a long history as a companion dog. It was originally bred in the early 20th century as a companion dog, but it quickly became popular as a lap dog because of its small size and charming personality. Over time, the Toy Poodle’s popularity grew, becoming a favorite of royalty and aristocrats.

Because the Toy Schnoodle is a designer breed, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club or any other major kennel club. However, it has become increasingly popular in recent years as more people discover its unique qualities.

While Schnoodle is the most popular, Other names include:

  • Toy Scnhauzerdoodle 
  • Toy Shnauzerpoo

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Physical Characteristics of a Toy Schnoodle

What Do Toy Schnoodles Look Like?

The tiny Toy Schnoodle has a compact yet sturdy build with a well-proportioned body. The mix typically inherits the Schnauzer’s bushy eyebrows and distinctive beard, which add to its charming and expressive face.

The ears of a Toy Schnoodle can be floppy like a Poodle’s or triangular, similar to the Miniature Schnauzer. Their skull is typically well-rounded, and their muzzles are medium-length. The eye shape of a Toy Schnoodle can range from round to almond-shaped and hazel to brown. 

How big does a Toy Schnoodle Get?

Toy Schnoodles are small dogs generally weighing between 5 to 15 pounds (2 to 7 kg) and standing 10  to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) tall at the shoulder. The size of a Toy Schnoodle depends on the size of its parents, with Toy Poodles and Miniature Schnauzers being the most common breeds used to create Toy Schnoodles.

Coat and Colors

The coat of a Toy Schnoodle can vary depending on the prominent parent breed. They usually have a curly coat or an in-between of curly and wired that is hypoallergenic and low-shedding. 

Toy Schnoodles come in various colors, including:

  • Black;
  • White;
  • Cream;
  • Silver;
  • Apricot;
  • Tan; 
  • Sable;
  • Chocolate; and
  • Some Toy Schnoodles may have a mix of colors or markings on their coat.

Behavior and Temperament of a Toy Schnoodle

Toy Schnoodles are known for their friendly, playful, and affectionate personalities. They are highly social dogs that enjoy being around people and other pets. They love to play and are always up for a game of fetch or tug-of-war. 

They are also very intelligent, coming from two brilliant breeds,  and eager to please, making them easy to train. However, the Schnauzer parent may increase the mix’s stubbornness and independence streak. You can learn how to train a stubborn dog in our article.

Toy Schnoodles are loyal and devoted to their families and make excellent companions. Toy Schnoodles often inherit the Schnauzer’s alert and watchful nature. They can make good watchdogs, as they tend to bark to alert their families of any potential intruders.

Toy Schnoodles are small, making them a good choice for apartment living. They are also low-shedding, which makes them a good choice for people with allergies. Toy Schnoodles are also adaptable to different climates and can tolerate both hot and cold weather.

Health and Lifespan of a Toy Schnoodle

Common Health Issues

Toy Schnoodles are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health issues. Here are some of the most common health issues that Toy Schnoodles may face:

  • Patellar luxation: This is a condition where the kneecap dislocates from its normal position. Toy Schnoodles may be prone to this condition, so it is important to watch for signs of limping or lameness.
  • Eye problems: Some Toy Schnoodles may develop eye problems such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy. Regular eye exams can help catch these issues early on.
  • Skin issues: Toy Schnoodles may develop skin issues like Seborrhea and Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome or “Schnauzer bumps,” causing blackheads to develop on the Toy Schnoodle’s skin. 
  • Thyroid issues like diabetes mellitus.
  • Liver issues like portosystemic shunt (PSS), where of the blood supply that should go to the liver goes around it instead. Studies show that Miniature Schnauzers are more susceptible to this condition and may pass on the likelihood.
  • Heart issues like Patent Ductus arteriosis, where a hole in the heart called the Ductus Arteriosis doesn’t close fully.
  • Von Willebrand disease that is a clotting disorder.
  • Seizures: Epilepsy, a neurological disorder causing seizures, can affect these mixes.
  • Tracheal Collapse: Due to their small size, Toy Schnoodles may experience a weakening of the tracheal rings, leading to a collapsed windpipe and breathing difficulties.
  • Dental problems: Toy Schnoodles can be prone to dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing their teeth regularly and providing them with dental chews to prevent these issues is important.
  • Mild to moderate issues like obesity, ear issues, allergies, and stomach problems.

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Average Lifespan

The average lifespan of a Toy Schnoodle is 12-15 years. However, this can vary depending on genetics, diet, and exercise. It is important to provide them with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and routine veterinary care for a long, healthy life.

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Care and Maintenance of a Toy Schnoodle

Diet Requirements

Toy Schnoodles require a balanced diet to maintain their health and energy levels. Owners should provide them with high-quality dog food that contains essential nutrients such as protein (25%), carbohydrates, and fats.

It is important to avoid feeding them human food, as it can harm their health. Being Toy breeds, Toy Scnhoodlnes can suffer from (hypoglycemia) if they go too long without food. Freed them 3 to 4 times a day to minimize this risk. 

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Exercise Needs

Toy Schnoodles are active dogs that require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy for about 20 minutes a day. 

It is important to note that Toy Schnoodles are small dogs and may not require as much exercise as larger breeds. However, owners should still ensure that they get enough physical activity to prevent obesity and other health problems.

Grooming Tips

Toy Schnoodles have a hypoallergenic coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling. 

  • Owners should brush their Toy Schnoodle’s coat at least twice a week using a slicker brush or comb. 
  • They should also trim their dog’s hair every few months to maintain its shape and prevent it from becoming too long or unkempt. You can seek help from a professional groomer.
  •  Additionally, owners should clean their Toy Schnoodle’s ears twice a month with ear wipes.
  • Brush their teeth twice a week and also use dental rinses to prevent infections and dental problems.
  • Clip their nails twice a month.

Training a Toy Schnoodle

Training Techniques

Toy Schnoodles are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners. They respond well to positive reinforcement and consistency in training. Here are some training techniques that can be used to train a Toy Schnoodle:

Crate Training

Crate training is an effective way to housebreak a Toy Schnoodle. It helps the dog learn to control their bladder and bowels. The crate should be large enough for the dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably.

The dog should be confined to the crate only for short periods and given plenty of exercise and attention when out of the crate.

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Clicker Training

Clicker training is a positive reinforcement training technique that uses a clicker to mark desired behaviors. The clicker is paired with a treat to reinforce the behavior. The dog learns to associate the clicker with the treat and will repeat the desired behavior to receive the treat.

Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is a training technique that rewards the dog for desired behavior. Rewards can include treats, praise, and playtime. Positive reinforcement is more effective than punishment in training a Toy Schnoodle.

Common Behavioral Issues

Toy Schnoodles can exhibit some behavioral issues that can be corrected with training. Here are some common behavioral issues and how to correct them:

Separation Anxiety

Toy Schnoodles can experience separation anxiety when left alone for long periods. To correct this behavior, the dog should gradually acclimate to being alone by leaving them alone for short periods and gradually increasing the time. The dog should also be given plenty of exercise and attention before being left alone.

Barking

Toy Schnoodles can be prone to excessive barking. The dog should be trained to bark only when necessary. The dog should be taught the “quiet” command and rewarded for not barking.

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Jumping

Toy Schnoodles can jump on people when excited. For correction, the dog should be taught the “off” command and rewarded for not jumping. The dog should also be given plenty of exercise and attention to reduce their excitement level.

Where to Get a Toy Schnoodle

If you want a Toy Schnoodle, there are two main options: adopting or buying from a breeder. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to consider both before deciding.

Adopting vs. Buying

Adopting a Toy Schnoodle can be a great option for those who want to give a dog a second chance at a happy life. Many rescue organizations and shelters have Toy Schnoodles available for adoption. Adopting a dog can be more affordable than buying from a breeder, and it also helps support a good cause.

However, it is important to note that dog adoption can have some challenges. Toy Schnoodles that are up for adoption may have a history of abuse or neglect, which can lead to behavioral issues. Additionally, some shelters may withhold temperament history just to dispose of the dog.

Buying a Toy Schnoodle from a breeder can be a good option for those who want a specific breed and want to ensure that the dog has a certain temperament and health history. Reputable breeders will provide documentation of the dog’s health and will be able to answer any questions you may have about the breed.

However, it is important to be cautious when buying from a breeder. Many unscrupulous breeders prioritize profit over their dogs’ health and well-being. It is important to research and choose a reputable and ethical breeder.

If you’re looking to adopt a toy Schnoodle, there are several reputable rescue organizations that focus on Poodle and Poodle-mix breeds. Although these organizations may not specialize solely in Schnoodles, they often have a range of Poodle mixes available for adoption. Here are some you may want to consider:

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Choosing a Breeder

When choosing a breeder, there are a few things to remember. Look for a breeder who:

  • Is registered with a recognized kennel club;
  • Provides documentation of the dog’s health and pedigree;
  • Allows you to visit and see the living conditions of the dogs;
  • Is knowledgeable about the breed and can answer any questions you may have; and
  • Provides a contract and health guarantee for the dog.

It is also important to be aware of red flags when looking for a breeder. Avoid breeders who:

  • Sell puppies online without allowing you to visit in person;
  • Have multiple breeds available for sale;
  • Cannot provide documentation of the dog’s health or pedigree;
  • Do not allow you to see the living conditions of the dogs;
  • Pressure you into buying a puppy without giving you time to think it over;
  • Don’t ask you questions about what kind of life you can provide for the puppy; and
  • Don’t require a homecheck of your home for the puppy.

Whether you choose to adopt or buy from a breeder, it is important to do your research and choose a dog that is a good fit for your lifestyle and personality.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a toy Schnoodle puppy cost?

The cost of a toy Schnoodle puppy for sale can vary depending on various factors, such as the breeder, location, and demand. On average, a toy Schnoodle puppy can cost anywhere from $700 to $3,000.

Are toy Schnoodles hypoallergenic?

Yes, toy Schnoodles are hypoallergenic as they have a low-shedding coat. However, it is important to note that no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic.

How big do toy Schnoodles get?

Toy Schnoodles are a small breed and typically weigh between 6 to 12 pounds. They can grow up to 10 to 12 inches in height.

What is the difference between a mini Schnoodle and a toy Schnoodle?

Size is the main difference between a mini Schnoodle and a toy Schnoodle. Mini Schnoodles are slightly larger than toy Schnoodles, weighing between 13 to 20 pounds and growing up to 12 to 15 inches in height.

What is a mini Schnoodle dog?

A mini Schnoodle is a crossbreed between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Poodle. They are a small breed known for their affectionate and intelligent nature.

Where can I find Schnoodle puppies for sale near me?

You can find Schnoodle puppies for sale near you by searching online for reputable breeders or contacting local animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Do Toy Schnoodles shed?

Toy Schnoodles have a low-shedding coat, making them a great option for those with allergies or who prefer a cleaner home. However, they still require regular grooming to maintain their coat and overall health.

Final Thoughts

The Toy Schnoodle is a wonderful mixed breed between Toy Poodles and Miniature Schnauzers. They are loyal, affectionate, hypoallergenic, intelligent dogs that thrive on human companionship. However, as with any breed, it is important to research and ensure that a Toy Schnoodle is the right fit for your lifestyle.

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Tamsin De La Harpe

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Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.