Schnoodles are a cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle. Both these breeds come in varying sizes, with a large difference within the breed itself. For this reason, the size of a Schnoodle can differ greatly depending on the genetics of its parents. But, how big will a Schnoodle Get?
Schnoodles come in four sizes: Toy, Mini, Standard, and Giant. The Toy Schnoodle is the smallest at 10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.5 cm) in height and 7 to 15 pounds (3.2 to 6.8 kg) heavy. The Giant Schnoodle is the largest at 20 to 25 inches (50.8 to 63.5 cm) tall and 50 to 80 pounds (22.7 to 36.3 kg).
In this article, I’ll break down the sizes of the Schnoodle further so that you understand the different categories of the Schnoodle’s size. We’ll also look at other factors, such as generation, that may influence size. And how the different sizes of the Schnoodles affect the rate at which they mature.
As mentioned, both Poodles and Schnauzers come in very different sizes.
Poodles tend to be classified into four official sizes. These, from largest to smallest, are Standard Poodles, Medium Poodles, Miniature Poodles, and Toy Poodles.
Schnauzers come in three official sizes. These, again largest to smallest, include the Giant Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, and Miniature Schnauzer.
Depending on which variety of Poodle and Schnauzer is bred together, there are several different sizes that your Schnoodle might end up being.
|Toy||10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.5 cm)||7 to 15 pounds (3.2 to 6.8 kg)|
|Mini||12 to 15 inches (30.5 to 38.1 cm)||15 to 30 pounds (6.8 to 13.6 kg)|
|Standard||15 to 20 inches (38.1 to 50.8 cm)||30 to 50 pounds (13.6 to 22.7 kg)|
|Giant||20 to 25 inches (50.8 to 63.5 cm)||50 to 80 pounds (22.7 to 36.3 kg)|
Toy Schnoodles are the smallest option. They are often produced by breeding a Toy Poodle with a Miniature Schnauzer (the smallest size of each breed).
These are usually about 10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.5 cm) at the shoulder and weigh about 7 to 15 pounds (3.2 to 6.8 kg).
Their small size usually makes the Toy Schnoodle ideal for families who do not have a lot of space, such as those living in apartments. However, it is important that the Toy Schnoodle is still exercised regularly in order to maintain a healthy weight.
Older Schnoodles who have calmed down make great lap dogs for older people provided that there is someone in the family who can exercise them once a day.
The second biggest Schnoodle size is the Miniature Schnoodle, often referred to as the Mini Schnoodle. They grow to be roughly 12 to 15 inches (30.5 to 38.1 cm) tall at the shoulder and weigh 15 to 30 pounds (6.8 to 13.6 kg).
They are usually achieved by mixing together a Miniature Poodle and a Miniature Schnauzer.
They are also the most popular Schnoodle size. They are great for people with small backyards or closed terraces where the dog can play outside and entertain itself, but they are still small enough that they would manage in most homes.
Standard Schnoodles are about 15 to 20 inches (38.1 to 50.8 cm) tall and weigh 30 to 50 pounds (13.6 to 22.7 kg). They are achieved by mixing a Standard Poodle and a Standard Schnauzer.
These dogs need a backyard or a larger house. They would not do well in an apartment.
The Schnoodle is one of the few “doodles” that come in something larger than the standard size. As the name suggests, Giant Schnoodles are the biggest Schnoodle at 20 to 25 inches (50.8 to 63.5 cm) tall at the shoulder and 50 to 80 pounds (22.7 to 36.3 kg).
They are ideal for those who want a dog that can participate in a large amount of outdoor activity. The Giant Schnoodle thrives on large pieces of land, such as farms or homesteads. They would not do well in an apartment at all and need a lot of exercise to make sure their weight is managed.
Poodles and Schnauzers have a great deal of variety amongst themselves, and they differ from one another greatly. What is considered Standard-sized for the Poodle is not necessarily what is considered Standard-sized in the Schnauzer.
This means that backcrossing may introduce some changes in the size of the Schnoodle as the mix changes from 50% of the Poodle and Schnauzer genetics to 75% of one and 25% of the other.
Usually, backcrossing is done with the Poodle, resulting in 75% Poodle and 25% Schnauzer. This is done in an effort to make the puppy more hypoallergenic which means that the size of the Schnoodle will be more like that of the Poodle.
Let’s look at how backcrossing with a Poodle can affect the size of a backcrossed Schnoodle, also known as an F1b Schnoodle. Although it could be backcrossed with any size Poodle, for the sake of this example we will assume the size of the backcrossed Poodle is the same as that of the original Poodle parent.
|Toy||Under 10 inches (25.4 cm)||5 to 10 pounds (2.2 to 4.5 kg)|
|Mini||10 to 15 inches (25.4 to 38.1 cm)||10 to 30 pounds (4.5 to 13.6 kg)|
|Standard||15 to 20 inches (38.1 to 50.8 cm)||30 to 60 pounds (13.6 to 27.2 kg)|
|Giant||20 to 25 inches (50.8 to 63.5 cm)||60 to 90 pounds (27.2 to 40.8 kg)|
The Toy Poodle is significantly smaller than the Toy Schnauzer. This means when a Toy Schnoodle is backcrossed with another Toy Poodle, it may end up being smaller than a first-generation Schnoodle.
And F1b Toy Schnoodle may be around 10 inches (25.4 cm) or under, and 5 to 10 pounds (2.2 to 4.5 kg).
Just like in a Toy Schnoodle, a Miniature Schnoodle that has been backcrossed may be slightly smaller. This is again because the Miniature Poodle is quite a bit smaller than a Miniature Schnauzer.
A Mini F1b Schnoodle will be around 10 to 15 inches (25.4 to 38.1 cm) tall at the shoulder, and 10 to 30 pounds (4.5 to 13.6 kg).
Although this may not seem like a very big difference, it is important to remember that it is relative to an already small size. It will seem like a very large amount when you see it on a Schnoodle.
The Standard Poodle is roughly the same height as the Standard Schnoodle, so it should not affect the height of the Schnoodle much. However, the Poodle is a great deal heavier than the Schnoodle.
This means that a Standard F1b Schnoodle will be expected to be 15 to 20 inches (38.1 to 50.8 cm) and will weigh 30 to 60 pounds (13.6 to 27.2 kg).
Despite the name of the Giant Schnoodle, which it gets from the Giant Schnauzer, it is not bigger than the Poodle. Again, the height of the backcrossed Poodle is similar to that of the Giant Schnoodle, but it is significantly heavier.
The resulting F1b Schnoodle will be 20 to 25 inches (50.8 to 63.5 cm) tall and 60 to 90 pounds (27.2 to 40.8 kg).
Generally, the size of a dog affects the age at which they are mature, or fully grown. If you are unsure what size your Schnoodle will be, there are some points in their growth where you should be able to calculate it if you know what size their parents were.
It is important to note that smaller dogs generally stop growing the fastest. This means that the Toy Schnoodle will have the shortest time until maturity.
Toy Schnoodles should reach their adult size just after six months. This may seem a bit odd, but it is perfectly normal for dogs this small.
If you suspect your Schnoodle is a Toy, it will reach 50% of its adult weight at about 13-15 weeks. Likewise, if you are unsure what size your Schnoodle is, it may be a Toy Schnoodle if it is around 3 to 7 pounds (1.3 to 3.1 kg) at this age.
Miniature Schnoodles take slightly longer than their smaller counterparts to grow to adulthood. They should reach their full weight by around 9 months of age.
If you suspect that your Schnoodle is a Miniature-size, it should reach 50% of its final weight at about 4 months. Likewise, if your Schnoodle gets to 4 months and weighs about 7 to 15 pounds (3.1 to 6.8 kg) there is a chance that it is a Miniature Schnoodle.
Standard Schnoodles are a fair bit bigger than Mini and Toy Schnoodles. They also take a great deal longer to reach maturity.
Standard Schnoodles will probably reach their full weight somewhere between a year and 18 months. They should be about 50% of their final weight just after five months of age.
If your Schnoodle is five months old and weighs 15 to 25 pounds (6.8 to 11.3 kg) it may be a Standard Schnoodle.
As the biggest of all the Schnoodles, Giant Schnoodles take the longest of them all to reach their final size.
They can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years to reach their final weight. This large range can be attributed to the large range that is considered to be ‘Giant’.
If you have a Giant Schnoodle, it will be 50% of its adult weight at somewhere around 7 to 9 months.
If you get to this point and your dog is roughly 25 to 40 pounds (11.3 to 18.1 kg), it may be a Giant Schnoodle.
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