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A Schnoodle is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Schnauzer. Although this "breed" is not recognized by any reputable kennel club (like the AKC), Schnoodles have become more popular as individuals are looking for companion animals that are hypoallergenic, train easily and want to reduce the chances of developing the health issues associated with the pure breed because of hybrid vigour, though the concept of hybrid vigour in dogs is debated. It should also be noted that schnoodles are as likely to be hypoallergenic as not, since the combination of two separate breeds will always have an unpredictable outcome. As with other mixed dogs, the popularity of Schnoodles has led to a rise in puppy mills selling the breed. This issue is perpetuated by the lack of recognition of the breed by the leading kennel clubs.
The schnoodle mixes the intellect of the Poodle with the companionship and devotion of the Schnauzer. Schnoodles are very astute. They may, for example, react very strongly when the owner simply glances to the floor for his or her shoes, or the sound of the clanking of car keys; the dog knows that this can be a precursor to the owner leaving the home on some errand. This intelligence (which can range from introspective and analytical, to raw and instinctual depending on the specific dog), coupled with the terrier desire to please the owner, makes most schnoodles easily trainable.
Schnoodles can be very athletic and make good companions for runners looking for a smaller dog, but they do not require running long distances every day to keep them calm. Examples of the breed can develop traits of shyness or aggressiveness if they are not exposed to other animals and people while they are young. In particular, Schnoodles can become very territorial and distrusting of other dogs. Train your pup using Cesar Millan's Dog Whisperer tips!
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