The Schnoodle is a crossbreed. Opening your heart and home to a crossbreed is like opening a beautifully wrapped package on your birthday: you never know what’s going to be inside. It’s often assumed that a crossbreed will combine the best of two or more breeds, but genetics doesn’t always work that way. The way genes combine and express themselves is not always subject to a breeder’s control, even less so when two different breeds are crossed. That’s something to keep in mind before you lay down lots of money for a dog that you have been assured will be hypoallergenic or healthier than a purebred.
The Schnoodle, a cross between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Miniature Poodle, is a charmer. At his best, he combines the intelligence of both the Miniature Schnauzer and the Poodle, plus the boldness of the Schnauzer and the friendliness and, yes, sometimes the vanity of the Poodle. He is usually a small dog, with a weight range of 10 to 20 pounds. Do your homework before buying one of these cute little dogs, and you’ll be well rewarded with a wonderfully funny dog.