How Much Does a Schnoodle Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

A Schnoodle is a mix between a Schnauzer and a Poodle, creating the name, “Schnoodle.”  Since it’s a crossbreed, it can’t be eligible for registries such as the AKC; however, it can be registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club.  Some breeders will cross a purebred Poodle and Schnauzer to create a first generation cross, while others may cross multi-generations, which are known as a backcross.  With these crosses, it can result in different looks and even personalities.

Just like a Schnauzer, a Schnoodle can come in different sizes that range from a miniature to a giant.  On average, these dogs tend to weigh anywhere between seven and 30 pounds and are known to be very well mannered, protective and calm.

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How much does a Schnoodle cost?

On average, a Schnoodle that is 8 to 16 weeks old can cost anywhere from $550 to $1,850.  Show-quality dogs can cost upwards of $1,200 to $2,000.  The costs, like any other dog, will depend on the breeder, the quality, colors, age, gender, its parents and where you live. says the average new puppy price will be between $450 to $1,800 and the annual fees to take care of the dog will be between $500 to $1,000.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders will always include registration papers, a health check-up report from a vet, a health guarantee and a travel crate if shipped.  Most breeders will also spay or neuter, microchip and include a small starter pack that may include toys, food, how-to guides and coupons.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping can cost anywhere from $200 to $400, depending on the airline and how far it has to travel.  Some breeder can also fly along with the dog to personally hand deliver the dog at your home or the airport.  If going this route, it could be an additional $400 to $800, again, depending on the distance.

As with any dog, factor in the recurring costs such as food, toys, accessories, supplements, vitamins and surprise/routine vet visits.  Any dog owner, even if you have a healthy dog, should budget at least $700 per year.  One-time purchases need to be factored in as well such as the dog crate, microchip, deworming, training and licenses.

The dog is known to be very intelligent; however, experts still recommend obedience training is necessary as a puppy to teach the basic commands such as sit, stay and lay down.  Most beginner puppy courses will be less than $200.

Due to matting and tangling, it’s recommended you take the dog to a groomer at least every six weeks.  It should also be clipped a few times a year.

Tips to know:

It can either have a Schnauzer-like coat, which is wiry and rough, or a softer cost, similar to the Poodle; it can also be a variation of in between.  There are a wide variety of coat colors available, including black and white, sable, gray, apricot, and black and tan.  Breeds may be solid, sable or parti.

The average lifespan, if taken care of properly, can last 12 to 16 years.

A Toy Schnoodle can measure 10 inches tall and will weigh less than 12 pounds.  These breeds are a mix between a smaller toy poodle and schnauzer.  A Giant Schnoodle, on the other hand, is going to be a mix between a larger Poodle and Schnauzer.  The giant breeds can weigh up to 85 pounds.

These breeds tend to be very active and have a very charismatic personality, getting along with just about anyone in sight, including pets.  like the Schnauzer, they are very loyal to their household, owners and are willing to do just about anything to please.

The dogs shed very little and have wiry, coarse hair.  Similar to human hair, it will need a trim every 12 weeks.

This dog does enjoy walks and should exercise at least 30 minutes per day.

As for its character, it’s known to be intelligent, loyal, alert, loving and playful.

This breed is prone to health conditions such as epilepsy, ear infections, diabetes, PRA, skin disorders and Von Willebrand’s Disease.  Due to these health concerns, ask a breeder to see any health clearances to ensure you’re getting the healthiest puppy possible.

Wash the face daily as they are prone to developing reddish-brown tear stains underneath the eyes.

As touched upon above, an F1 Schnoodle will be a 50 percent Poodle and 50 percent Schnauzer cross, while a F1B Schnoodle will be a 75 percent Poodle and 25 percent Schnauzer.  An F2 will be a F1 x F1 and will be 50 percent of each breed.

How can I save money?

Consult with a shelter or Schnoodle rescue, if available, in your area to see if they have older dogs.  While puppies are in higher demand, many opt to ignore older dogs.  Adoption agencies generally adopt out their animals for $50 to $250.  Adoptions should always be on your mind first since it gives a dog a home and supports your local community.  Essentially, paying the prices noted above can be quite the price to pay since it isn’t a “true” breed but rather — a mutt.

Schnoodles are rather easy to find online, so try hard to find a breeder in your area.  This is a great way to save money on shipping and see the dog in person before you purchase.

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