What do you get when you mix a poodle with a schnauzer? That might sound like the set-up for a joke (and an epic punchline!), but the truth is: you get one of the most beloved mixed dog breeds on the planet, the schnoodle.
These dogs can be large (when bred from a standard poodle and giant schnauzer) or small (when bred from the mini versions of their parent breeds), but one thing is true of all schnoodles—they have a coat that requires a good amount of grooming from both their pet parents and a professional groomer.
Let’s take a deep dive into all things schnoodle grooming, including information on shedding, bathing, and the must-try hairstyles for your pet.
Like all hybrid dogs, schnoodles are bred from two different breeds—which means when it comes to their coat, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get. Some schnoodles inherit a wiry, double coat (courtesy of their schnauzer heritage), while others more closely resemble their poodle parent, with a long, curlier coat. And other dogs? They fall in between the two, with some variation of both schnauzer/poodle characteristics in their coat.
Wherever your dog falls on the spectrum, the good news is that schnoodles, like their parent breeds, don’t shed much. However, because their coat is typically curly or wavy and grows quickly, they need regular brushing (at least a few times a week) to keep tangles and matting at bay.
Schnoodles also need regular bathing—at least once or twice a month (more if your dog gets extra dirty or muddy in between their regularly scheduled baths). Bathing products (including shampoo, conditioner, and any soaps) should be specifically formulated for dogs. Thoroughly rinse your pup, as leaving excess product on the skin can cause itching or irritation. After the bath, dry your dog completely—preferably with a dog-safe dryer. Depending on the length and thickness of their coat, your schnoodle could take quite some time to air dry—and will feel cold and uncomfortable during the process.
In addition to their normal bathing routine, your schnoodle’s face will need some extra attention. This breed is prone to getting tear stains below the eyes, especially if their coat is a lighter color. To keep these stains from forming, plan to wash your dog’s face every day, being sure to clean and wipe the area beneath their eyes (but be gentle!).
You’ll also need to regularly trim your dog’s nails (as a good rule of thumb if you can hear their nails on the floor, it’s time for a trim) and schedule regular trips to the professional groomer for haircuts—typically once every four to six weeks.
So, if you want your pup to look and feel their best, you’ll need to schedule regular haircuts. But what hairstyle is the right look for your pet?
Here are a few of the top schnoodle haircuts you’ll definitely want to consider for your dog.
Schnoodle haircut #1: Puppy cut
The puppy cut is one of the most versatile and popular dog hairstyles out there. And for good reason! This style works on a variety of breeds and coats and it’s arguably the most low-maintenance trim you can get your pup.
The puppy cut keeps the dog’s coat at an even, short length (typically between one and two inches) across the entire face and body. Less hair means less brushing and grooming—and less work for you! The only thing to keep in mind with this hairstyle? If you want to keep your dog’s hair nice and short, you’ll need to schedule regular trims with a professional groomer.
Schnoodle haircut #2: Teddy bear cut
The teddy bear cut is a slight variation on the puppy cut. This style keeps the coat short around the body but adds a little more length, shaping, and structure around the face. This gives the dog an adorable appearance not unlike a teddy bear—hence the hairstyle’s name.
The teddy bear cut is a favorite for schnoodles because it allows the dog’s signature “mustache” (courtesy of the breed’s schnauzer origins) to take center stage. Just make sure to brush out the area around your pet’s face; otherwise, the added length can get tangled.
Schnoodle haircut #3: Shaggy
Some pet owners like to let their dog’s coat grow long and loose—and if that sounds like you, you’ll definitely want to explore a shaggier hairstyle for your schnoodle.
This hairstyle allows for more length around both the face and body. The coat will typically take on a more wavy or curly texture, creating an overall shaggy appearance. If you do decide to go this route, you can get away with less frequent trims—but just keep in mind that the more length you add to your dog’s coat, the more frequently you’ll have to brush them to keep them free from tangles and matting.